Britain has invaded all but 22 countries in the world

These are the people who invented the language that has 40 different words for ‘steal’…

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.

“Other countries could write similar books – but they would be much   shorter. I don’t think anyone could match this, although the Americans had a   later start and have been working hard on it in the twentieth century.”

The only other nation which has achieved anything approaching the British   total, Mr Laycock said, is France…

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