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Old 03-27-2012, 10:42 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Relating to my previous post...it got me thinking. In India ethnicity is largely tied to language, even though there is a pan-Indian culture (Vedic scriptures/Hindu religion, a modern sense of nationalism, similar cuisines), I wonder if someone from Uttar Pradesh who speaks Hindi identifies MOSTLY as a Hindi, someone from Kolkata as a Bengali, someone from Chennai mostly as a Tamil, someone from Mumbai as Marathi, and someone from Rajasthan as Rajasthani? I would imagine say the Naga people of the far Northwest probably have more of a tribal affiliation. Overall, is regional/linguistic identity more important to them than national Indian identity?

I would say the above probably applies to REGIONS within certain countries. Tibet in China, the Walloons in Belgium...The Swiss have a strong identity, and from what I gather Swiss Germans identify more with French Swiss than Germans from Bavaria or Austria, or am I wrong about that?

Afghanistan might be another. Or any nations with a weak sense of national identity. Many countries are both strongly regional but strongly nationalistic (US, UK, Italy). I think there are few nations where the MAJORITY identify more with their region than their nation. Most of those would consist of tribal groups in Africa, such as Rwanda (Hutu vs Tutsi, and the Civil War).
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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Many Quebecers are Quebecois first and Canadians second.
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Old 03-27-2012, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Many people from Java/Bali are Javanese/Balinese first and Indonesian second.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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Chechnya, Russia - Basque & Catalonia, Spain.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:23 PM
 
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Italy, Spain, Canada (Quebec, at least).
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:27 PM
 
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Many people from Java/Bali are Javanese/Balinese first and Indonesian second.
Java constitutes like 2/3rds of the population of Indonesia.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:30 PM
 
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I forgot the UK. I'd imagine people identify first as English, Scottish, Welsh, or Irish (northern Irish anyway) and not as "British" unless they are traveling abroad.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:33 PM
 
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I forgot the UK. I'd imagine people identify first as English, Scottish, Welsh, or Irish (northern Irish anyway) and not as "British" unless they are traveling abroad.
The UK, as far as I know, is a unique situation where the three separate nations/countries and County Ulster combine to form a larger country. They are not states or provinces, of course, but still considered nations in their own right.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:34 PM
 
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The UK, as far as I know, is a unique situation where the three separate nations/countries and County Ulster combine to form a larger country. They are not states or provinces, of course, but still considered nations in their own right.
So England, for instance, is technically a country? I always thought of it as more a region/state. Interesting.
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:56 PM
 
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So England, for instance, is technically a country? I always thought of it as more a region/state. Interesting.
It used to confuse me either at first, since you always hear people saying "UK" instead of each individual country......another one that used to confuse me as well was Holland. I thought Holland was a country but it's not.....by the way, do they feel they are from Holland first and from the Netherlands second?
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