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::::Thanks for the input, I think we're there. Fair point about not highlighting an edit war. Yes they're an archipelago but that's not the same as a chain of islands. I've tweaked the crown dependencies bit as the whole technical point was that they're not part of the UK but are a posession of the British Crown. Confusing, I know. LtPowers - the name "Britain" is indeed a common name for the country properly known as the UK (to the point that in the 1960s the prime minister was considering changing the official name), and in this context of not overly highlighting the problem I think Peter's description works very well. [[User:Andyfarrell|Andyfarrell]] 03:30, 17 August 2009 (EDT)
:::::But our article is at [[United Kingdom]], not [[Britain]]. Check out [http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Britain Wiktionary's definition] of Britain -- the first meaning is the island, and the other meanings are specifically called out as "loose". Calling "Britain" a country strikes me as potentially misleading. Would anyone really consider Northern Ireland to be part of "Britain"? [[User:LtPowers|LtPowers]] 11:07, 17 August 2009 (EDT)