Benin: I've confirmed the existence of six new departments, previously reported.
Cambodia: Krong Pailin municipality was split from Batdambang province.
Canada: On 1999-04-29, the Newfoundland Parliament unanimously passed a bill asking that the official name of the province be changed to "Newfoundland and Labrador". This would require an amendment to the Terms of Union of Newfoundland with Canada, which is part of the Canadian Constitution. On 2001-10-30, the House of Commons of Canada passed a motion to authorize such an amendment. The Senate must now agree for the measure to become final. Quebec disputes the boundary between Quebec and Labrador shown on most current maps; it agreed to the amendment, provided that no conclusions be drawn about the position of the border.
Egypt: Al Uqsur has been added to the list of governorates.
Ethiopia: Dire Dawa may have become a chartered city.
Gambia: The name of MacCarthy Island may have changed to Janjanbureh Island.
Georgia is now divided into regions, which are subdivided into districts.
Guam: The name of the capital has changed to Hagåtña.
India has three new states: Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Uttaranchal. As a result, some of the rankings of the most populous statoids had to be changed on the Trivia page, although none of them dropped off.
Indonesia: Maluku Utara, Banten, Bangka-Belitung, and Gorontalo provinces were created. The capital of Lampung changed its name. Name of Irian Jaya is changing to Papua.
Lithuania: Corrected the spelling of Lazdijai region.
Malawi has three new districts: Balaka, Likoma, and Phalombe. I had previously reported a different division, based on a preliminary census report.
Malaysia: There is a new federal territory of Putrajaya.
Maldives: Aliff atoll has been split into Aliff Aliff and Aliff Daalu.
Mauritania: Changed the capital of Tiris Zemmour. Corrected one population.
Micronesia: Helmut Grill has forwarded an article about the creation of a new state. On 2001-10-01, the Faichuk Commission for Statehood adopted a resolution to separate from Chuuk state. The government of Federated States of Micronesia has apparently ignored this resolution. The Statehood Commission threatens to act unilaterally, to the extent of "finding its own political status with a different nation of the world", if Micronesia doesn't respond by 2001-11-22. Faichuk (sometimes spelled Faichuuk) is the western part of Chuuk Lagoon, including the islands of Tol, Udot, Polle, and Patta. It has been seeking separate status for decades.
Myanmar: There are six new subdivisions, but their level is unknown.
Netherlands: Hans Wittebol writes that there is discussion in the Netherlands of changing the name of Noord-Brabant province to Brabant.
Pakistan: Gilgit is the administrative center of Northern Areas.
Panama has four new comarcas: Emberá, Kuna de Madungandí, Kuna de Wargandi, and Ngöbe Buglé. There is also a name change from San Blas to Kuna Yala.
Papua New Guinea: I have confirmed that the name of North Solomons province has changed to Bougainville.
Paraguay: Filadelfia is now the capital of Boquerón department, and Areguá has been confirmed as the capital of Central.
Philippines has a new province: Zamboanga-Sibugay. The new province of Compostela Valley has been confirmed. I also added the results of the 2000 census, and province codes defined by a Philippine statistical bureau. Change the capitals of Maguindanao and Tawi-Tawi provinces to Maganoy and Bongao, respectively.
Reunion: Reunion is considering a reorganization into two departments.
Rwanda: The new prefectures of Kigali-Ville and Umutara have been confirmed.
Solomon Islands has two new provinces: Choiseul, and Rennell and Bellona. Capital Territory has merged with Guadalcanal.
Tunisia: Manouba governorate was split from Ariana.
Turkey: The new province of Düzce appears to be confirmed.
Turkmenistan: Ashgabat independent city was split from Ahal province.
Uganda: Six new districts were created about 1998, and possibly eleven more in 2000.
United States: A new county named Broomfield will be created in Colorado in November, 2001.
Uzbekistan: Changed the description of Uzbekistan's enclaves to take notice of the creation of Batken region in Kyrgyzstan.
Venezuela: Vargas state was split from Distrito Federal.
Zimbabwe: The capital of Matabeleland North may be moving.
New FIPS codes were issued for divisions of Andorra, Cambodia,
Czech Republic, Ecuador,
Indonesia, and Venezuela. In
Iran, FIPS has changed its spelling of two province names.
Yugoslavia shows up as a new country, comprising the former countries of Montenegro and Serbia. This
step was probably taken because the United States has recognized Yugoslavia.
United States: Extended the change history of the counties back to 1900. Also, I reordered the change history by state. Updated county populations for the 2000 census. Fixed the time zones for a couple of counties that had outdated information. Clifton Forge independent city, VA merged with Alleghany county. Changed the administrative centers of two Alaskan boroughs. Added links to maps of each state, showing counties or county equivalents.
Mongolia: Several revisions, including a new time zone.
Russia: Gave precise extent of time zones in Sakha.
Site design changes:
I added two pages to the newsletter section. One contains errata from the book. The other is a list of all
changes affecting status from the publication date of the book until November, 2000 (after which the monthly
newsletters take over).