I hereby decorate you Supreme Cartographer of the Realm of JetPunk!
It really highlights the absurdity of time zones though. Like, I guess you could make the justification for large countries having their own time zone, but why do Afghanistan and Nepal need them? Why is Dhaka in the same time zone as Almaty, despite being significantly further to the east? Why does Central Australia have its own time zone even though it aligns perfectly with Tokyo's time zone? I don't expect you to know the answer to these questions, I just find it crazy that each country kinda does its own thing with time zones. It would make more sense in my opinion to have it standardized globally.
Honestly, it is one big mess and geopolitics/economics are often more important than actual sun time when timezones are chosen! A good example of this is Spain, who changed from Greenwich Mean Time (+0) to +1 in WWII as Francisco Franco wanted to be aligned with Germany's timezone. This means that in Galicia, Spain there is over a two hour difference between sun time and clock time.
Another problem is Daylight Savings Time. Yukon used to be green on the map like British Columbia, but when they scrapped DST they became in line with Alberta for half the year, even when Whitehorse is by far the westernmost city in Canada.
In Xinjiang, they officially follow the same timezone as Beijing (as does all of China). Since this is far off from sun time, there is an unofficial timezone called 'Xinjiang time' which is used by the ethnic Uyghur population, while Han Chinese people in Xinjiang still use Beijing time.
In short, it is madness!
Glad to be one of the 6% who got Mount Gambier on this quiz!
To be honest, I find the figures to be a little inflated but the source is pretty uniform across Jetpunk.
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