I think this ‘ancient Macedonia’ business with the modern day Macedonian Slavs is primarily reactionary. I’m not so convinced that most Macedonians even believe the propaganda, not even the people making the propaganda themselves. For a while Macedonia has been under verbal assault from Greece for maintaining the name “Macedonia.” Greeks always insist that the Macedonian name is “theirs” because of connections to the Greek-Macedonian legacy of Alexander. Therefore, the Slavs in Macedonia can’t claim their own country’s name. I think the Macedonian Slavs finally had enough and give a big fat middle finger to the Greeks and other unfriendly people towards Macedonia by claiming its ancient history for themselves sort of to be like the ultimate insult and taunt. lol