Vimeo of the Week: The United Kingdom explained

The United Kingdom Explained from C. G. P. Grey on Vimeo.

I never quite know what to say to people from the UK. I get confused. Unsure of myself. I stumble.

But after seeing THE KING’S SPEECH I have become more interested in the UK and happened upon this fantastic video explaining what exactly makes up the UK. It’s hilarious and enlightening. Though I am still very much confused. The film’s creator C. G. P. Grey explains it all:

Welcome to the United Kingdom (and a whole lot more) explained by me, C. G. P. Grey

The United Kingdom, England, Great Britain? Are these three the same place? Different places? Do British people secretly laugh those who use the terms wrongly? Who knows the answers to these questions? I do and I’m going to tell you right now.

For the lost: this is the world, this is the European continent and this is the place we have to untangle.

The area shown in purple is the United Kingdom. Part of the confusion is that the United Kingdom is not a single country but instead is a country of countries.

It contains inside of it four co-equal and sovereign nations

The first of these is England — shown here in red. England is often confused with the United Kingdom as a whole because it’s the largest and most populous of the nations and contains the de facto capital city, London.

To the north is Scotland, shown in blue and to the west is wales, shown in white.

And, often forgotten even by those in the United Kingdom, is Northern Ireland shown in orange.

Each country has a local term for the population. While you can call them all ‘British’ it’s not recommended as the four countries generally don’t like each other.

The Northern Irish, Scottish and Welsh regard the English as slave-driving colonial masters — no matter that all three have their own devolved Parliaments and are allowed to vote on English laws despite the reverse not being true — and the english generally regard the rest as rural yokels who spend too much time with their sheep.

Read the rest at Grey’s blog.