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Friday 28th November 2014
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Why is the UK the 'Motherland'?

Question

uk mapWhy is the UK and Russia regarded as the Motherland, but other countries like Germany are known as the Fatherland? Who decides the gender of a country?
Eileen, Walthamstow

Answer

** Definitive **
Name: Pat, Godalming
Qualification: I looked it up after wondering the same thing
Answer: Because of Queen Victoria, who was on the throne for our expansion. She was the Empress of the World. That made us the Motherland.
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