What's funny is that I laid out what I think is a pretty tight argument over a few lonnnnng posts now that I've been arguing this for nearly a year, and now that I did no one seems all that eager to discuss the facts themselves. What I think is the final nail in the coffin - and why didn't I think of this a year ago? - quoting the 1707 Act of Union which melded the Kingdom of England (which by that point included Wales) and Kingdom of Scotland into Great Britain/ the United Kingdom. It's a little hard to tap dance around that particular room elephant.
On the plus side, I got a nice little positive link to the same material on the Geography portion of About.com, the editor of which is as sick of getting attacked for pointing out the obvious as I am. In fact they've been riding him since 2004 so I suppose I don't even know what "tired of" means yet.
I'm learning a whole new slew of British insults, though, so this isn't a total waste of time. I'm apparently a berk and a Yank oik, the latter of which if I recall correctly largely composed Sauron's armies in Lord of the Rings.The reader might be interested to know that Scotland.com, which is apparently owned by a Pennsylvania company (?!), has acheived full independence from UK.com, which pushes credit cards and insurance. Progress is being made!