United Kingdom

Economy:

  • GDP: 2.678 trillion USD
  • Sectors: Agriculture 0.7% Industry 20.5% Services 78.9%
  • Unemployment: 7.2%
  • Import Partners: Germany, China, Netherlands, USA
  • GINI per capita: $41,680
  • Fitch Rating: AA+ Stable
  • 4 Largest Urban Areas: London, Birmingham, Manchester, West Yorkshire.

People:

  • Population Size: 64.1 Million
  • Religion: 4.8% Muslim, 59.3% Christian 32.3% No religion (or not stated)
  • Media Age: 40.4 years
  • Languages: English
  • Literacy: 99%

Geography:

  • Total: 243,610 sq km
  • Land: 241,930 sq km
  • Water: 1,680 sq km
  • Border countries: Ireland,

Media:

  • Radio: BBC Network, Global, Bauer, Communicorp, UTV, Orion, Other
  • Television: BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky.
  • Print: News UK, Mail, Mirror, Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, Star, Express, Times, Evening Standard, Metro
  • Internet: 82% penetration
  • Mobile phones: 99%
  • Smartphones: 61%

Politics:

The United Kingdom of Great Britain came into being as a personal Union between the Kingdom of Scotland and Kingdom of England in 1707. It is a constitutional monarchy composed of a Royal Family which does not exercise executive powers and a parliament which is headed up by a prime minister. In 2010, Conservative party leader, David Cameron lead his party to emerge as the strongest party and formed a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats. Elections are scheduled for 2015. In the 19th century the British Empire covered one-fourth of the earth’s surface. The UK went into decline during two world wars and also by the Irish Republic’s withdrawal from the union. The British Empire lost nearly all of the commonwealth and overseas territories and rebranded itself as an active member of the European union of nations while remaining outside of the economic and monetary union. The UK still holds residual influence with the United States, UN Security council, NATO and the Commonwealth.

Suffrage: 18

Voting Patterns:

  1. Labour(1945)
  2. Conservative(1951)
  3. Conservative(1955)
  4. Conservative(1959)
  5. Labour(1964)
  6. Labour(1966)
  7. Conservative(1970)
  8. Labour(1974)
  9. Conservative(1979)
  10. Conservative(1983)
  11. Conservative(1987)
  12. Conservative(1992)
  13. Labour(1997)
  14. Labour (2001)
  15. Labour (2005)
  16. Conservative(2010)

Significantly Participates in:

  1. NATO
  2. European Union
  3. G8
  4. UN Security Council

Military:

  • Expenditure: 62 Billion USD
  • Active Personnel: 191,410
  • Males fit for service: 12 million
  • Females fit for service: 11 million
  • Military Commands: Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force

Military Suppliers (10 years):

  1. United States(2,969 Million USD)
  2. Netherlands (514 Million USD)
  3. Germany (349 Million USD)
  4. France (345 Million USD)
  5. Sweden (243 Million USD)

Military Leaders:

  • Nick Houghton (Chief of Defence Staff)
  • Nicholas Patrick Carter (Army)
  • George Michael Zambellas (Navy)
  • Andrew Douglas Pulford(Airforce)

Last Engagements:

  • Falklands
  • Gulf War I
  • Gulf war II
  • Afghanistan (2002)
  • Balkans
  • Northern Ireland
  • Libya

Security Issues:

  • Terrorism
  • Radical Islam
  • Cold War
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