I’d like to apologise to Americans for our rather complicated political arrangements!
Now you are ready for sport…
We know there are two countries, the UK and Eire (southern Ireland). So there are two soccer teams?
No, there are 5. England, Scotland, Wales, N.Ireland and Eire.
OK, so sports governing bodies allow the UK to divide itself into 4 parts. That means there are 5 rugby union teams?
No, there are 4. England, Scotland, Wales, and (all) Ireland.
OK, there are inconsistencies between sports. But at least each sport is consistent?
No, there are many chess teams (5 as per soccer, plus at least Jersey and Guernsey). But in chess problem-solving, the UK pops up again.
I should stress the above is from memory, and apologise for any mistakes. My defence is that it is a bit complicated!
In the bathtub of history, the truth is harder to hold than the soap… (Pratchett)