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Writing the following sentence,

During the negotiation of both regulations, bargaining power was distributed in favour of the status quo oriented states.

I wonder where to put a hyphen, if any? Status-quo oriented, status-quo-oriented, status quo-oriented?

Does a rule exist for such examples or is the placing of a hyphen here left to the taste of the writer?

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    Check out this answer to a related question, as well as the canonical question that's marked as a duplicate of. In brief: the most specific and technical typographic advice is to use the en-dash (not hyphen) to separate "oriented" from "status quo" (which itself will have no joining characters, neither hyphen nor dash): "status quo–oriented". – Dan Bron Jun 24 '15 at 14:22
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    ...though the above is by no means the 'only correct answer'; essentially, it's a recommendation. The overriding necessity is to avoid confusion (brown bear-like animal or brown-bear-like animal). As for the en-dash versus hyphen debate, it becomes senseless when one realises that variation with font used can render disambiguation ridiculously involved. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 24 '15 at 14:29
  • @EdwinAshworth I specifically avoid (and sometimes disparage) fonts without clear distinction between hyphen, en dash, and em dash. It's unfortunate that typographers aren't always aware of the application of their art. – nomad Jun 24 '15 at 15:15
  • @nomad Typography is off-topic on ELU. And what you say is personal opinion. There are even some people who can still use a pen; are we now going to legislate as to whose en-dashes must be considered incorrect? – Edwin Ashworth Jun 24 '15 at 16:29
  • @EdwinAshworth Fortunately, we're talking about typography only as it relates to a grammatical function, so we're 100% on topic here! And lucky, because you're the one who brought up the topic of fonts in the first place. :) – nomad Jun 26 '15 at 13:15
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Check out this answer to a related question, as well as the canonical question that's marked as a duplicate of. In brief: the most specific and technical typographic advice is to use the en-dash (not hyphen) to separate "oriented" from "status quo" (which itself will have no joining characters, neither hyphen nor dash): "status quo–oriented". – Dan Bron

...though the above is by no means the 'only correct answer'; essentially, it's a recommendation. The overriding necessity is to avoid confusion (brown bear-like animal or brown-bear-like animal). As for the en-dash versus hyphen debate, it becomes senseless when one realises that variation with font used can render disambiguation ridiculously involved. – Edwin Ashworth

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