Great characters that are from the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom is a large country in Western Europe, occupying the entirety of the island of Great Britain, which includes England, Scotland and Wales, and an area in the northeastern part of the island of Ireland called Northern Ireland. Britain started off as a trio of small medieval kingdoms, England, Scotland and Ireland. In 1707, England and Scotland merged to form the Kingdom of Great Britain. In 1801, Great Britain and Ireland also merged to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (though in 1922, Ireland was split into two parts, the Catholic-majority mostly Gaelic-speaking Southern Ireland, and the Protestant-majority Northern Ireland, inhabited mainly by descendants of Englishmen and Scots who settled the area. Southern Ireland became the independent country of Ireland while Northern Ireland remained part of the United Kingdom and continues to be part of the UK to this day). They also went on to have a massive colonial empire spanning every continent, the British Empire, and countries like the United States, Canada, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and many more were also part of the empire, hence the term "the sun never sets on the British Empire".
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