Erm, well not only did I notice — I replied here:
Hee hee! You’d better let the Welsh know, the last they knew they were living in their own country!
Joking aside, Wales, is, of course, still classed as a country with a distinct national entity, political…
Then YOU replied here:
I’ve crossed the Welsh border several times.
The country is the United Kingdom, and Wales is a part of it. It may not have been an original part, but nor was Texas…
and then I replied again here:
Think we’re online at the same time!
However, I HAVE visited Wales quite often. I even lived there for a while and was quite aware of which country I was…
Here’s the text again to save you clicking:
Think we’re online at the same time! I can’t comment on Hawaii, Queensland, Texas or Ontario as I’ve only visited one of these and don’t know the history well enough. I just assumed they were states, but I’m happy to be corrected if that’s not the case.
However, I HAVE visited Wales quite often. I even lived there for a while and was quite aware of which country I was living in. I’m also British and based just up the road from the very lands we are discussing. I can assure you it’s definitely a country and has been a very, VERY long time. As well as the link I attached last time, here’s a few more snippets for you:
This from Worldatlas.com:
This from walesonline (Welsh news):
And this from the official website of Wales run by the Welsh Government:
Of course, the very fact that the first question on the official website asks the point we are discussing shows how big a misconception it is! As I said before, it’s not uncommon for people to think that, but it’s not correct.
So, yes, I do think Wales is something different (ie a country) and I have to disagree with you and say that it is not, in fact, of ‘little real world validity’. It just is! (especially to the Welsh!)
All the best, Jason.