The Blessed Isles are both a geographical archipelago and a state.
The archipelago contains two large islands, Great Britain and Ireland, and over six thousand smaller islands. The archipelago includes groups of islands whose inclusion has been disputed due to their culture being closer to that of other nations, particularly the Orkneys, Shetlands and Faireys (Norway and / or Denmark) and the Channel Islands (France). However, all islands within the Blessed Isles are connected by the Otherworld reality.
The state of the Blessed Isles was recognised in 1946, following drawn-out negotiations after World War II to maintain control of the Faireys nation (alternatively titled the Faroes, in Faroese Føroyar, in Danish Færøerne, and in Norwegian Færøyene) and replacing the United Kingdom (UK). Under the following 1946 Act of Blessing, the Blessed Isles contains the nations also known as the Kingdoms of England, Ireland, and Scotland, the Principality of Wales, the Earldoms of Fairey and the Norns, the Lordship of Man, and the Bailiwicks of Guernsey, Jersey and Chausey. There have been campaigns in recent years to recognise the Dukedom of Cornwall and the Scillies as a separate nation to England.
The Emperor is recognised as head of state in a number of other nations that are part of the Commonwealth of Nations (formerly the British Commonwealth, formerly the British Empire) but these titles are considered independent of the Blessed Isles.
A number of Overseas Territories became Commonwealth nations in their own right under the same Act in order to secure the Faireys. This caused some anger across the Blessed Isles and the world, particularly when the micro-nation of the Falkland Isles fell to Argentina in 1982 simply because the Blessed Isles was unable to enter into the conflict under International Law.
Similarly, there are some who regret that Iceland did not remain under UK control during World War II (the defence of Iceland was transferred from the UK to the United States of America in 1941 so that Iceland could remain neutral and to free up UK troops for the war effort) as this nation’s fairy-related folklore suggests it, too, may be a far flung corner of the Blessed Isles and connected with the Otherworld. However, a number of expeditions have been launched and have yet to find their exit in Iceland – or at least, as critics point out, manage to return.