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Old Britain
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A holographic image of 19th century London, capital of Great Britain

A holographic image of 19th century London, capital of Great Britain
Location: Europe, Earth
Affiliation: United Nations
Capital: London
Head of State: Monarch
Head of Government: Prime Minister
Major Species: Humans
Military: Royal Navy
Royal Air Force
Intelligence Service: MI5
Language: English
Currency: Pound
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Map of Earth in the 20th century, featuring an obscured view of Great Britain (2254)

Map of Earth in the 20th century, featuring an obscured view of Great Britain (2254)

Old Britain was a historical region of Earth also known as Great Britain and the UK (short for United Kingdom), containing England and Scotland. The nation state played a significant role in Earth history. Residents of Britain were known as British, Britons, or Brits. Its flag, known as the "Union Flag", was two red crosses superimposing on a white cross on a blue background. (DS9: "Our Man Bashir"; TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles"; ENT: "First Flight", "Storm Front")

"Our Man Bashir" called this nation "Great Britain". Great Britain is actually the name of the island that consists of England, Scotland, and Wales (the latter never having been mentioned in a Star Trek production, with the only reference being the proper noun Welsh rarebit). The full and correct name of the country, the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland", was never mentioned, although the abbreviation "UK", for "United Kingdom", was seen on an okudagram. The United Kingdom in fact extends beyond Great Britain, also containing Northern Ireland.

HistoryEdit

In 1588, England defeated the Spanish Armada.

During the 18th and 19th centuries, Great Britain rose to become Earth's prominent superpower partially due to the strength of the Royal Navy, through which Great Britain exercised its power throughout the world. (citation needededit) One of these ships, the HMS Enterprize, was one of the earliest vessels to carry the name. (ENT: "Future Tense"; Star Trek: Enterprise opening credits)

Great Britain was an instrumental participant of World War II against Nazi Germany, particularly the Battle of Britain. (DS9: "Homefront") In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the United States of America pressured the United States Congress to send aid to the British. (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

During the 1960s, Great Britain was involved in the Earth Cold War. (DS9: "Our Man Bashir")

In the late 20th century, Great Britain was a founding member of the European Space Agency. (ENT: "First Flight")

According to the Star Trek Fact Files, Great Britain was a member of the International Space Agency in the early 21st century.

2024 saw re reunification of nearby Ireland as a result of violence used as a political instrument, rather than through peaceful negotiation. (TNG: "The High Ground")

While this was not spelled out, this event presumably involved Northern Ireland (itself never mentioned in canon) leaving the United Kingdom and rejoining Ireland.

The Royal Academy in Old Britain mapped areas of space well into the 2060s, including Sherman's Planet in 2067. (TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles"; ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II")

Alternate, parallel, and imaginary BritainsEdit

In an alternate version of 1944, caused by activities within the Temporal Cold War, after England was taken over by Nazi Germany, Prime Minister Winston Churchill urged all Britons to continue to fight for either anarchy or order in World War II. These events were witnessed by the Enterprise NX-01. (ENT: "Storm Front")

In a World War II holoprogram used on the USS Voyager, British intelligence was in contact with the French Resistance in Sainte Claire. (VOY: "The Killing Game")

In the holoprogram Julian Bashir, Secret Agent, set in the Cold War, the government of Great Britain paid for every item and luxury that secret agent Julian Bashir would need for his espionage and intelligence gathering duties. Garak was incredulous that a government would even pay a spy for trivial items such as an apartment and weapons. (DS9: "Our Man Bashir")

Geographical detailsEdit

Great Britain included Scotland and England. (VOY: "Year of Hell") It was separated from Europe by the English Channel. (DS9: "Homefront")

SettlementsEdit

England
Scotland

Other locations Edit

Culture Edit

Appendices Edit

See also Edit

Background information Edit

In the real world, the Kingdom of Great Britain merged with Ireland in 1801 to become the United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Ireland (or UK), later the United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland. The term "Great Britain" was used once, in "Our Man Bashir". It was referred to as "Old Britain" by Spock in "The Trouble with Tribbles".

Dialogue from "Our Man Bashir" and "The Trouble with Tribbles" implies that Britain no longer exists as a sovereign country in the 23rd and 24th century. It may have lost its sovereignty by joining the European Alliance or United Earth.

The script of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "To the Death" described the position of the USS Defiant's security officers facing the Jem'Hadar on the transporter platform as being "like British infantry". Later in the script, the rogue Jem'Hadar's weapons are described as being "like a cross between the halberds used by British beefeaters and Japanese naginatas."

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