In early April 2020 I did some online research into which institutions in the UK referred to Scotland as a ‘nation’ or as a ‘country’: I kept notes on what I found, with links to sources. I was prompted to do this after seeing many social media contributions from Unionists denying that the UK was other than one, unified state.
One of the sources I used at the time was the website of The Commonwealth. I used this:
At that time, in April 2020 it stated explicitly that the UK is a union of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Given the queen is head of The Commonwealth that ‘endorsement’ of Scotland’s status was significant. I’ve just checked: the website of The Commonwealth no longer has this. It now has this, IMHO odd description:
“The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) is an island country that sits north-west of mainland Europe. It is made up of mainland Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) and the northern part of the island of Ireland (Northern Ireland).”
I have no idea when the change was made but change there has been!
The authoritative ‘CIA World Factbook’ (still) states this in its description of the UK:
“the percentage area breakdown of the four UK countries is: England 53%, Scotland 32%, Wales 9%, and Northern Ireland 6%”. And “constituent countries by percentage of total population: England 84%, Scotland 8%, Wales 5%, Northern Ireland 3%”.
For how much longer?