11 April 2016

Geography Lesson

Considering how often the topic arose prior to our move, I probably should have written this one sooner in the experience.  Regardless, I thought a clarification of geography was in order along with definitions of terms, most importantly Great Britain, United Kingdom, and England.  SPOILER ALERT!  They are not the same thing.

Great Britain is an island that contains England, Scotland, Wales.

It could be stated that all Scottish are British and all English are British as both countries are located on the island of Great Britain, but not all British are English and Scottish are never, ever English.

The United Kingdom or more accurately, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is a sovereign state in Europe.  The UK includes England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and many smaller islands.

The Union Jack and its components
In the areas of politics and government, parliament and monarchy, the Commonwealth, economics, international athletics competition, it can still be complicated, but this is a basis for understanding.  If you did not already know this, now you can impress your friends with your newly found knowledge and maybe even get a few more questions correct in Trivial Pursuit!

BONUS:  Just in case you were curious about the British flag, well...there isn't one!  It is just an island, remember?  However, there is an official flag of the UK, commonly called the Union Jack, which incorporates the flags of England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland (sort of; I will skip all the history and technicalities.)  I have no idea why Wales was not included.  I think they should just put a big dragon right in the middle.  Seems fair to me!

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