The four kingdoms were:
Most of the Irish left about 1922, though northern Ireland stayed. English was the language used for Kingdom affairs.
Among Germanic-speaking peoples:
- Those who did not join: the Danes, Norwegians, Icelanders, Faroese and Swedes.
- Those once under the British crown: the Dutch, Frisians, Afrikaners, overseas English-speaking peoples (Americans, Australians, Jamaicans, etc) and some Germans.
After hundreds of years of fighting, the four kingdoms were united in 1603 when the English crown fell to the Scottish king, James VI, King of Scots, who made all decisions about war and peace for the United Kingdom. Over time a senate of the 1,436 top men from the four kingdoms grew to have most of the power. There was no constitution.
Marriage: A married man lived alone with his wife apart from her people. His wife could divorce him only if she could prove he committed adultery as well as incest, bigamy, cruelty or desertion.
Property: Held in private. Many were poor. They were a model in capitalist circles. Women could not own property.
War: A standing army and navy. Many prisoners of war died, very few became British.
Food: Raised cows, pigs and sheep, grew wheat, barley and potatoes. Drank tea. Many had never tasted meat.
Religion: These days many have no religion though most follow the teachings of the prophet Jesus Christ of 2,000 years ago. In the old British religion priests fought the evil in men with words, water and bread, prayer frightened away evil spirits and the high god Jehovah created and ruled all things.
Dreams: Not taken seriously, which is why they had few prophets. They knew little about the subconscious.
Decline and fall: The United Kingdom, which reached its height from 1815 to 1939, robbing a fourth of the world with guns and ships, was weakened by a shocking lack of industry in its empire and, worst of all, spending much of its wealth fighting Germany.
Some stuff White Americans got from the British: their base culture (see above) complete with bad cooking, a North American piece of the British Empire, an example of bad government not to follow, tennis.
How I wrote this post: I copied the post on the Iroquois and changed it up for the British, keeping:
- the ahistorical past tense freezing a people at their military height (the 1800s in the case of the British),
- an out-of-date map,
- the interest in housing and clothing in pictures,
- using “real” photographs,
- throwing in chance bits of history and ethnography