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The 'Union Flag', the flag of the United Kingdom, commonly known as the 'Union Jack'

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, also known as the UK or Britain, is a country in Western Europe.

A former imperial power, at its height the British Empire, encompassed almost a quarter of the world's land surface, making it the largest empire in history. The British Empire was not fully dissolved until after World War II.

The British Empire fought as a major Allied faction during World War I and took part in numerous campaigns such as the Western Front, Gallipoli, Sinai, Palestine, and Mesopotamia.

During World War II, British troops played a large part in the war in multiple theaters. In Asia, British troops fought to defend colonies in India, Burma, Singapore and Malaya, while in North Africa, British troops fought an Axis advance into Egypt.

Closer to home, British forces played a part in the initial months of the war, prior to the Dunkirk evacuation. Britain was later among the forces involved in liberating France in 1944-45 in the Normandy landings, continuing to fight on the Western European front until the end of the war. In the intervening years, British aircraft fought in the Battle of Britain, engaging in aerial combat with German Luftwaffe bombers, while British cities were badly bombed during the Blitz.

In 1973, the United Kingdom joined the European Union but is in the process of withdrawing its membership as of 2020.

The United Kingdom plays a prominent role in the Ryanverse.

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