Devolved parliamentary legislature within parliamentary constitutional monarchy
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Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom, bordered by England to its east (and a short sail to the Cornwall peninsula to the south), and the Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea (with Ireland only a short sail away) to its west. It is also an elective region of the European Union.
The 13th-century defeat of Prince Llewelyn by King Edward I completed the Anglo-Norman conquest of Wales and brought about centuries of English occupation. Wales was subsequently incorporated into England with the Laws in Wales Acts 1535–1542, creating the legal entity known today as England and Wales. However, distinctive Welsh politics developed in the 19th century, and in 1881 the Welsh Sunday Closing Act became the first legislation applied exclusively to Wales. In 1955 Cardiff was proclaimed as national capital and in 1999 the National Assembly for Wales was created, which holds responsibility for a range of devolved matters.
English rule over Wales caused much resentment among the native peoples. Following the discovery of the continent of Atlantis, Welsh people saw an opportunity to settle in a new land far beyond English supervision. A few Welsh settlements were formed in a remote area of Atlantis' west coast, and Welsh culture was preserved there. During the Atlantean War of Independence, these communities were not in the path of either army, and for the most part were left alone.
Alistair Walsh was born and raised in Wales. Rather than go into the mines as his relatives had, he "took the King's shilling" and enlisted in the British Army in time to fight in the First World War. He elected to remain in the army rather than to return to Wales, and was a Staff Sergeant by the time the Second World War broke out.