Originally posted by zerbot565
but why so many terms for the same thing if its not even a same thing ,
i mean english . scots, whales and irish people have their own passports , own elections . drivers licenses, their own team during football season to
name a but few things
so why all the terms for unity if they are on their own in a way ?
just perplexed ,
I'm from the UK, and I realise how confusing it must be!
I think that all of the terms you're referring to, mean slightly different things - if that helps?
A short, simplified summary (YES I KNOW IT'S INCOMPLETE before someone FLAMES me!!) would be as follows:
Mainland Britain is the biggest island of the British Isles.
The Northern part of the British Isles is the country (or Nation state of) Scotland.
The Southern part, is mostly England, with Wales jutting out from the western side of it.
The UK (United Kingdom) is the union of the countries of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
To complicate things further - there is also a "Commonwealth" of the UK which includes very many other countries, spread throughout the world. They
are members of the UK commonwealth, because they were governed by the UK when the British Empire was the dominant world power.
The history behind how this all came to be... is VERY complex and would be almost impossible to summarise quickly.
The easiest description is probably that England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are all individual countries, which form a Union of nations
under the one monarch and one (main) united government - The United Kingdom.
They are still seperate nations, with their own unique national identities, but found strength and peace by uniting together.
The Scots, N.Irish and Welsh do now have their own governments/assemblies which can pass laws on issues which only pertain specifically to their own
countries. But they are still governed in the true sense from London, England, which is still the capital and centre of government of the UK.
The UK is also a member of the European Union (EU), which makes me, Scottish, British, a citizen of the UK, AND European!
(Try thinking of it like this:
Someone from Texas... is a Texan, an American, a resident of North America, and is from the continent of The Americas.
and you'll have a closer idea of how it might seem complicated, at first glance, but with all of terms meaning slightly different things, it does
actually make sense eventually?)
I think I've just confused myself now!!
Anyway, I hope this helps?