The Great British Venn Diagram

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Here’s a diagram that may help you learn the difference between England, Great Britain, the British Isles, and the United Kingdom.
The Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom are the only two sovereign states in this image. They are shown in red. Ireland and Great Britain are both islands and are shown in green. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are constituent countries of the United Kingdom and are shown in orange.

There are other complicating factors, stemming from politics, history, and geography. The author explains these as simply as possible, including the fact that this is actually a Euler Diagram instead of a Venn Diagram. Now if they could only explain North America/USA/America! Link -via reddit

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Excellent use of a venn diagram. To be quite honest I had no idea how a lot of those countries related to each other, what can I say I'm American. :)
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there's that Venn diagram that neato added, but up close.

It is effectively the same as the arlier one with the addition of the Isle of Man and the channel islands, Guernsey and Jersey..

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/96/British_Isles_Euler_diagram.svg
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The reason Australia isn't anywhere on there is simple. Queen Elizabeth the Second is queen of UKoGBaNI but /also/ the queen of Australia. And New Zealand. And Canada. And a handful of other places as well. There is no longer a political connection between those states, they just happen to have the same queen.

I am not connected to my neighbour though we have the same milkman.
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