lastbesthope said:Lord David the Denied said:England, Ireland, etc. are not appropriate. The country is call the United Kingdom.
The United Kingdom is NOT a country, it might be a nation, it is obviously a kingdom(or perhaps a collection thereof) but it is not a country, it is made up of many countries. I'm with frobisher on this one it seems.
Actually thats the wrong way round. The UK is a country (i.e. an independent State), but the four units are not - they are nations. Nations describe groups of people of common cultural and/or genetic heritage. I don't think - whether you are pro or anti Union, that there is a British nation. Other nations include arab (with many countries), Kurdish (no country), Flemish, French (neatly ties in with one country, but I suppose includes some Candians).