I have read about the use of semicolons in the Penguin Guide to Punctuation by R. L. Trask. In the book, it gives a few essential rules that must be fulfilled for a semicolon to be used correctly:
- The two sentences must be felt to be too closely related to be separated by a full stop;
- There is no connecting word which would require a comma, such as and or but;
- The special conditions requiring a colon are absent.
Also, the writer stresses the fact that the two sentences on either side of the semicolon must be full sentences.
Now my question is in regard to the following sentence (I have composed it myself for a piece of writing):
The south [a region] sided with the [rightful] King; the north [another region] with the usurper [a self-proclaimed king].
The thing about my sentence is that the second part contains no verb (which is omitted to avoid repeating the verb sided). Is the sentence after the semicolon still considered a full sentence?