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Martí Cabré

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So I just happened to read this interview in The Telegraph:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/9653497/British-have-inva...#


They talk about this book:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B009UV5PT6/ref=nosim/...


In pink, the countries that Britain has ever invaded:



Excerpt from the newspaper:

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A new study has found that at various times the British have invaded almost 90 per cent of the countries around the globe.
The analysis of the histories of the almost 200 countries in the world found only 22 which have never experienced an invasion by the British.
Among this select group of nations are far-off destinations such as Guatemala, Tajikistan and the Marshall Islands, as well some slightly closer to home, such as Luxembourg.

So, there's a whole shebang of potential wargames here!
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Not invading landlocked places like Mongolia makes sense but I'm really surprised that Guatemala, the Marshalls, and Sweden have never experienced the British Invasion! (Umm, I mean militarily - I'm sure they have all had Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Kink albums.)
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Martí Cabré

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Yep. Guess that the British Empire wasn't really THAT powerful. They have never invaded Andorra...

Even Coca-Cola has went beyond what Britain did!
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Thanks, Marti. This is interesting information.
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A fairly substantial proportion of those countries didn't exist when the British Empire was at its peak (or even before WWII) so how did they decide what constituted an invasion?

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HarlemMimeSchool wrote:
A fairly substantial proportion of those countries didn't exist when the British Empire was at its peak (or even before WWII) so how did they decide what constituted an invasion?



Excellent point!
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wifwendell wrote:
Not invading landlocked places like Mongolia makes sense but I'm really surprised that Guatemala, the Marshalls, and Sweden have never experienced the British Invasion! (Umm, I mean militarily - I'm sure they have all had Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Kink albums.)


 
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Nigel66 wrote:
HarlemMimeSchool wrote:
A fairly substantial proportion of those countries didn't exist when the British Empire was at its peak (or even before WWII) so how did they decide what constituted an invasion?



Excellent point!


I suspect that in those cases, British forces had incursions into the areas now covered by Countries X, Y, and Z...

Or we could say that Japan has never invaded the Indonesia because Indonesia didn't exist in 1941...
 
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wifwendell wrote:
Not invading landlocked places like Mongolia makes sense but I'm really surprised that Guatemala, the Marshalls, and Sweden have never experienced the British Invasion! (Umm, I mean militarily - I'm sure they have all had Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Kink albums.)


Check out this live in the radio studio of the Beatles in Sweden during the height of the 'British Invasion'- The Beatles conquered!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx_VYQqmQuc
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wifwendell wrote:
Nigel66 wrote:
HarlemMimeSchool wrote:
A fairly substantial proportion of those countries didn't exist when the British Empire was at its peak (or even before WWII) so how did they decide what constituted an invasion?



Excellent point!


I suspect that in those cases, British forces had incursions into the areas now covered by Countries X, Y, and Z...

Or we could say that Japan has never invaded the Indonesia because Indonesia didn't exist in 1941...


Reading the article that seems to be pretty much the case. Though the definition of invasion might be a bit less than what we wargamers might expect.

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Stuart Laycock, the author, has worked his way around the globe, through each country alphabetically, researching its history to establish whether, at any point, they have experienced an incursion by Britain.

Only a comparatively small proportion of the total in Mr Laycock's list of invaded states actually formed an official part of the empire.

The remainder have been included because the British were found to have achieved some sort of military presence in the territory – however transitory – either through force, the threat of force, negotiation or payment.

Incursions by British pirates, privateers or armed explorers have also been included, provided they were operating with the approval of their government.
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There could be a kid of negative mirror game of Britannia: instead of everyone picking on the Brits, it's them against the world.

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marticabre wrote:
In pink, the countries that Britain has ever invaded:



That map is just BEGGING for a parody of Johnny Cash`s, "I`ve Been Everywhere, Man".

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