I must be getting confused; or at least befuddled.
I did extremely well in Geography whilst at my school, and learned well all the names of the Empire nations, as well as being able to identify all the combatants from the extreme unpleasantness in the years following my birth from 1940 onwards. During my years at sea, I visited many major and minor ports in countries all around the globe, and as the years rolled by, I noticed many new names being added to the global roll-call. Some were re-named, many emerged from obscurity, and some were born from strife and conflict.
I watched as nation-states came forth, such as Ukraine, and all the new nations of the Caucasus after the death of the old Soviet Empire, and got used to all these changes.
But there is one thing which puzzles me greatly. I have so far been unable to locate a Nation which seems to have emerged in only the past two weeks, and is apparently doing rather well in some quaint local sports competition.
I am of course referring to that entity which is now known as ‘GB’.