BES island flags

Richard Wordingham richard.wordingham at
Fri Sep 25 06:02:32 CDT 2020

On Fri, 25 Sep 2020 11:08:58 +0200
Christoph Päper via Unicode <unicode at> wrote:

> Jonathan Coxhead <jonathancoxhead at>:
> > 
> >    Not the fact that GB-NIR is a contradiction?  
> ‘GB’ is just an arbitrary code element in ISO 3166-1, which resembles
> a popular abbreviation purely for human convenience. It could have
> been ‘UK’, ‘EN’ or ‘QX’ just as well. 

'EN' would have been incendiary.  'GB' can at least be explained as
an abbreviation of 'GBNI'.  However, the common use of 'UK' instead is
probably due to 'GB' being felt as wrong.


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