Could you also explain to me why you think that /var would be such a bad place for this?
Well, I probably can't give a hard and fast absolute reason, but... We use /var as a place for directoreis/files that can grow somewhat unexpectedly and weakly controlled, such as spool and logs, etc. Because of that, our /var is most often put in some other large general filesystem with links and doesn't really live in either root (/) or isn't a root located filesystem, but just a directory in another filesystem such as /work (or in some recent ones /lump - I couldn't think of a better name). So, making it the home of mount points would be rather awkward.
Just because /var is a symlink to /lump/var shouldn't affect that.
But if it's no symlink but a mount you run into trouble, if you want to remount /var (e.g. because out of disk space).
So generally I would say this new directory you're looking for, should not be a subdirectory at all, especially if the parent directory is a frequently mounted one by itself. This would rule out /usr, /tmp, /var, /home at least.
So better go for the /new_directory variant, IMHO.
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