The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (or the UK) is a constitutional monarchy comprising much of the British Isles. The UK today is a diverse patchwork of native and immigrant cultures, all with a rich history. In the 1700s, illegal gambling houses hired a special person to swallow the dice if the police showed up. Nowadays, the monarch owns all the sturgeon , whales and dolphins in the waters within 3 miles of land. blue_sky