Wordpress: change categories to sub-cats without changing url structure?

I have categories with urls like:


I want to change some of the top level categories into sub-categories... but keep the urls the same. So even if 'world' is changed to a subdir, the url stays the same for legacy reasons.

If I just move it to a sub-dir in the admin, it automatically changes the url to http://www.mysite.com/category/topCatName/world

My posts do not use category names in the url, they are just set through permalinks to show mysite.com/postTitle

Is there a way to make these subdirs without the url changing?

opps, meant this to be in the wordpress section only, php jumped in there by accident somehow.
Thanks,  Chris
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You'll have to take all4artz advice on the htaccess rewrite.

Wordpress will force that sub-cat name simply to avoid duplicate posts. This article might make it a little quicker for you though. If you're like me, I'm terrible with htaccess code :)

St_Aug_Beach_BumAuthor Commented:
Thank you both!  

Htaccess it is :)
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