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(1) A historical region of Greece, from which Alexander the Great originated.

(2) Republic, formerly part of Yugoslavia. It calls itself the Republic of Macedonia, but Greece refuses to recognise it under that name, on the grounds of Macedonia being a historical region of Greece. As a compromise most nations recognize it as the 'Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'.

As of mid-2001, Macedonia is involved in a conflict with Albanian rebels, which is threatening to develop into civil war. The rebels demand greater rights for the Albanian minority, but the government has refused to agree to their demands.

From the CIA World Factbook 2000. Not Wikified.