+ AA6YQ comments below
This discussion has been very interesting.
There are many opinions and some people want to preserve their advantage and other want it easy.
The one FACT that everyone is not recognizing is when the possibility of achieving #1 Honor Roll becomes 0 then the award loses its value and everyone who does not have one of the impossible entities just writes the award off.
+ That's demonstrably false. DXers didn't stop chasing DXCC awards during the decades that China or Albania weren't available.
For an award to have value it must be obtainable (not necessarily easy or fast).
+ Again, provably false.
The reefs that don't exist should be removed because they don't exist.
Countries where it is ILLEGAL to operate should be removed because the government cant authorize a legal operation without changing the law.
Countries where the dictator does not allow operations should not because the dictator can authorize an operation at any time and therefore it is not totally impossible.
+ The DXAC already has its hands full with the complexity of the current DXCC rules. Having to rule on the extent to which a government's leader can or cannot unilaterally change the status of amateur radio would require the installation of water-cooled keyboards.
I have written this award off and am not even trying for it because I do not have
2 entities that will not be available ever.
+ Which 2 entities will not be available ever, and how do you know that?