The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. A country primarily located in Western Europe, once spanning a quarter of the globe. Having lost it's substantial land holdings due to two world wars and the resulting cold war between the Soviet and Western Blocs, the UK still ranks as one of the world's top 5 super-powers. In reality, second only to the United States in global influence, the United Kingdom occupies a position of prominence in the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. While having nowhere near the present population or military might of the United States, Britain posesses an impressive society with a standard of living which outclasses overall (wide-scale) any nation on the planet.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is commonly referred to as the UK.