I was this close to posting the question in one of the grownup forums, but... Naah.
So I'm poking around various Asian ranges in hopes of filling some gaps. (Yes, WhoIs, I'm still a carbon-based lifeform. At least, I hope so.) And there's this pattern I keep meeting. Goes like this:
aa.bb.0 some country
aa.bb.1 some other country
aa.bb.2-3 another country
aa.bb.4-7 still another country
aa.bb.8-15 some random country
... et cetera up to
OK, it isn't always Thailand, but surprisingly often. There is no relationship between the size of the range and the size and/or importance of the country.
What gives? Is there some historical explanation, or are they just doing it to annoy us?
There's a variation in which the numbers break down the same way, but all the countries are China-- except one of the lowest ranges (..0 or ..1 or ..2-3), which is either allocated to Australian Experimental Thingummy Whose Name I Forget, or sublet to some other country that isn't actually using it.
If there is an explanation other than
They only do it to annoy
Because they know it teases.
I would love to hear it.