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Joe wrote at 2004-09-16 20:01:13 (+0100)
 > Mark J. Reed wrote:
 >
 > >
 > >Still, I feel the name England should be reserved to refer only to
 > >the .  . . what is it, technically, a state? . . . of England,
 > >which is located on the island of Great Britain (why the
 > >adjective, btw?  Is or was there a Not-so-great Britain?), which
 > >is part of the nation called the United Kingdom (of Great Britain
 > >and Northern Ireland).
 > >
 > >
 > >
 >
 > Generally we call the individual parts of the UK 'countries', but
 > in legislation, I think they're usually 'parts'.  And the
 > 'not-so-great-Britain' is Brittany.

England and Scotland are kingdoms, I think.  Certainly they were
kingdoms before the Act of Union...  Wales is a principality, and
Northern Ireland is a province.  I'm not sure that there _is_ a
general term, unless Joe's right about 'part'.