There is no clear and precise definition of a nation. Examples:

  1. Is Great Britain 1 country?
  2. Is Great Britain 3 countries, England, Scotland and Wales?
  3. Should we be talking about Great Britain or about the United Kingdom of England, Scotland, and Wales and Northern Ireland?
  4. Is the United Kingdom just part of a bigger nation, the European Union?

Presumably Sub-nationalism is identification with a group smaller than a nation however a nation is defined.


Sub-nationalism has been defined as:

The policy of asserting the interest of one's own state/region/province, as separate from the interest of the nation and the common interest of all other states/regions/provinces. [1]


  1. In Political Science What is subnationalism?