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About the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The United Kingdom has historically played a leading role in developing parliamentary democracy and in advancing literature and science. At its zenith in the 19th century, the British Empire stretched over one-fourth of the earth's surface. The first half of the 20th century saw the UK's strength seriously depleted in two World Wars and the Irish republic withdraw from the union. The second half witnessed the dismantling of the Empire and the UK rebuilding itself into a modern and prosperous European nation. As one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council, a founding member of NATO, and of the Commonwealth, the UK pursues a global approach to foreign policy. The UK is also an active member of the EU, although it chose to remain outside the Economic and Monetary Union. Devolution and constitutional reform have been significant recent issues in the UK. The Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, and the Northern Ireland Assembly were established in 1999, but the latter was suspended until May 2007 due to wrangling over the peace process. World Factbook

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United Kingdom: Agriculture, Forestry and Aquaculture

United Kingdom: Children, Youth, Families and Marriage

United Kingdom: ji: Communications, Broadcasting, Journalism, Media and Internet

United Kingdom: Economy, Business, Cryptocurrency, Labor, Banking, Industry and Trade

United Kingdom: Education, Literacy and Libraries

United Kingdom: Equality, Civil and Human Rights

united Kingdom: Family, Youth and Children

United Kingdom: Government, Elections and Politics

United Kingdom: Health, Disability, Safety, Nutrition, Fitness and Mental Health

United Kingdom: History, Anthropology, Archaeology and Geography

United Kingdom: Housing and Construction

United Kingdom: International Relations, Cooperation, Diplomacy, Sanctions and Foreign Assistance

United Kingdom: Military, Defense, Security, Intelligence, Terrorism, Veterans and Peace

United Kingdom: Northern Ireland

United Kingdom: The Monarchy

United Kingdom: Population, Citizenship, Census, Immigration, Refugees and Migration

United Kingdom: Public Safety, Weapons, Corrections. Law Enforcement, Crime, Fire and Rescue