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Old 03-07-2013, 07:13 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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If he's not obsessing about race, he's obsessing whether or not a particular group of people are true blonds or not. Correct me if I'm wrong but every person that I've talked to, real life or online, that obsesses about race and/or hair color so much tend to have Mein Kampf somewhere on their book shelf.



The Russian Federation still has "republics" that make up part of the country, particularly in Siberia, and they are in union with Moscow. Switzerland is this way as well, I believe, since it is a confederation. The most famous, though not exactly at the moment but in the near future it could be, example of a country made up of other countries is the European Union.
I know life can always suprise you but I dont think this is going to happen in the near future.
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:27 AM
 
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I know life can always suprise you but I dont think this is going to happen in the near future.
Well, to me, near future is in the next 20 years A lot can happen in the next 20. 50/50 either EU is dissolved or becomes the USE
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Quebec is not a country.
Correct. There isn't anything in Canadian political or legal language that refers to Quebec as a country (similar to what you have with the components of the UK). Quebec is recognized as a "nation" within Canada but this is a weak designation on paper that carries little actual weight.

That said, Quebec does indeed feel like its own country in many ways. But none of this is recognized of course and it truly is a part of Canada like all the other provinces are.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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Does Quebec have its own parliament, justice system, money etc. Scotland does.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:07 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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It isn't a country
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Does Quebec have its own parliament, justice system, money etc. Scotland does.
Parliament - yes. Known as the National Assembly (Assemblée nationale).

Justice system - yes. It operates on a French-based Napoleonic legal code called the Code civil. This is different from the rest of Canada which uses British common law.

Money - no.

Quebec also has its own education system but this is not unique in Canada because all provinces run education in their own way.

It is in non-governmental aspects that Quebec really stands out: it has its own TV, music, film and publishing industries. Its own music awards, films awards, TV awards, etc. Its own civil society as with with associations and other organizations that are either parallel or separate from the broader Canadian ones.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:10 AM
 
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Its annoying.

I am a British citizen and it gets me rife when americans confuse brits with english. I am not english.
i think most americans know the difference between English and Scottish, they just don't understand what the word "British" means.

So if a Scot said, "No, I'm British too", this would be confusing.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I recall back in the 60's, there was a bit of a hooferaw in Scotland, when the BBC referred to two racing drivers by their nationality. Sterling Moss was English and Jackie Stewart was British. Nobody was Scots.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:20 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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Well, to me, near future is in the next 20 years A lot can happen in the next 20. 50/50 either EU is dissolved or becomes the USE
A lot can happen, but I dont think Europeans are anything like as ready to give up their nationalities as perhaps the good people of the USA were ready to create a nationality out of (however many at the time) different states. The thought of it sends shudders down my spine! Though as a Britain I have a feeling we wouldnt be 'invited' anyway! lol
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Somewhere out there.
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I'm not buying it. I can't imagine you've met even a couple of Americans who didn't what being English means.

Besides, we've all seen Braveheart and Trainspotting, we know all about the evil "Anglish".
Dport I didn't want to go into it because I don't want to start insulting Americans here on this forum but since you are pushing me here are a few of my stories. You'll probably think I'm making this up because its ridiculously stupid stuff, but I can assure you I'm not.
I am originally from Liverpool so I have what you Americans would think is 'a bit of a funny accent'.
Someone once said to me "I hear from your accent you are from Scotland". Lightheartedly I replied: "well no you're close, actually I'm English". He point blank refused to believe I wasn't Scottish. "No, you are definitely Scottish". He was being serious. As if I didn't know where I come from!!!
Another time I was on a house viewing and a few ladies were standing around discussing a full length picture window because people kept walking into it thinking it was an opening. I overheard the conversation and said "maybe put a door there". They all looked at me as if I was from Mars. Believe it or not they couldn't understand my accent when I said 'door' because I pronounce it 'dor' instead of 'dooooo-orrrr'. In end I had to pronounce it in a really American accent then said "I'm English". This was obviously a huge mistake because from the dirty looks I got, they obviously thought I was insulting the language (they were all very stuck up).
I've had other similar examples of the door story. Such as you have to say 'wadrr' instead of 'water' otherwise you might as well be speaking German.
Also I've had occasion where I've said I'm English then you have to go into a whole drawn out explanation about it whereas if you just say British, people tend to just let it go.

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