So the UK is divided into 4 separate countries - the big bit called England that has Wales on the side and Scotland at the top with Northern Ireland off on its own island.
Each country has multiple cultural identities. Broadly speaking (and I generalize) the wealth of England (and the UK generally) is concentrated in London, the 'rust belt' is in the middle namely Birmingham and Manchester and the North of England tends to be poorer.
Scotland - where I'm from - is culturally rich but economically poor. There is a long-standing argument about how wealthy Scotland could have been if it had been able to keep all the North Sea oil revenue instead of sending it to London. Scotland does get disproportionately more economic aid than other UK 'regions'. Glasgow the rightful capital of Scotland :-) was the engineering heartbeat of the British Empire and has been in lockstep decline with the B.E. unfortunately. Edinburgh <the Athens of the North...pause....NOT!> is more beautiful than Glasgow, but with beauty and money comes a certain affected air - come on Scotsman - say i'm fibbbing....:-) Most of Scotland's 5,000,000 population is in the Central Belt between Glasgow and Edinburgh.
For many years Edinburgh was the location for the District Convention and included some of the Geordie towns in the North of England. Sometime in the early 90's this was moved to the snooty little market town called Perth, where I grew up. The Geordies didn't come to the DC in Scotland from that time on and the soulless little 10k capacity stadium was a dim reflection of the fun and excitement of the much larger Murrayfield - combined with the JW drive for simplification the fun was being strangled out of being a young Witness.
Any other UK posters want to chime in with thoughts on their 'region'?
Paul <live from Los Angeles>