Where are they now? The British

the british flag Open up a book on Irish history and you’ll find numerous references to “the British”. The history buffs among you may already know that the British have had a major impact on Irish history that stretches back thousands of years. In fact, our histories are so intertwined that the British continue to maintain a military presence in parts of Ireland to this day. But in 1949, after much deliberation, Ireland and Britain decided to go their separate ways, and we haven’t heard from them since. So where are the British now, and what have they been up to?

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Portrait of a typical British male circa 1989

The British have, at one point or another, invaded over 90% of all countries on Earth. At one point, they claimed to rule roughly a quarter of all land on Earth, and a third of the global population. Not bad for a little Island on the edge of Europe! To this day, the power of the British Empire remains completely unmatched by anything else in history. Other interesting records held by the British include most genocides committed by one nation, and most racial minority decimations.

Unfortunately, the British have not fared so well in recent history. The British Empire/ Commonwealth of Nations has been slowly but surely crumbling for a number of years.  A number of countries have opted to cancel their involuntary memberships, as it is generally accepted by everyone else in the world that the system just doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.

On the other hand, Britain still manages to produce a number of high-quality exports, such as Sean Connery, Franz Ferdinand, Vivienne Westwood, and the Proclaimers, all of whom just happen to be in favour of Scottish Independence.

With news that Britain could hold an in/out referendum on their membership in the EU next year, many experts agree that they just want to be the one doing the dumping for once and that they should just grow up.

Britain is also the home of Legoland.