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4th richest economy of the world. Fist steps to form were re-union of England and Wales (1282). Union of afore-mentioned and Scotland (1705). This made it the United Kingdom. When it conquered Ireland/Eire, it became the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. After this hold over Ireland was minimised to six counties, it assumed the current name.
Third longest country name in the world, eh?
by Kung-Fu Jesus April 26, 2004
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