MACEDONIA AND THE MACEDONIAN PEOPLE
CROSSROADS OF WORLD ROADS
Because of the complex circumstances imposed by the previous military developments, which inhibited the process of establishing an independent Macedonian state, during the Great War, Macedonia was positioned as part of the newly expanded borders of the Balkan states.
The Macedonian people existed without a resolved national and social issue. The Vardar part of Macedonia was often named with the terms “newly liberated and annexed southern regions/districts” or “newly annexed countries” in which military – administrative laws, regulations and special decrees ruled.
In conditions of occupation and re-occupation, the Macedonian people and members of other nations from Macedonia, through recruitment and mobilization, found themselves directly in the whirlwind of military actions. The general estimates are that more than 200,000 people fought for foreign interests and goals on the side of the two military blocs – the Entente (Serbian and Greek armies) and the Central Powers (Bulgarian army).