You may think Irish history is just explosions and depressing drinking songs or whatever but let me tell you right here and right now, son, the primary reason we have a Northern and a Southern Ireland at all is that Lord Carson, a lawyer from a southern county in what is now the Republic of Ireland, decided to support the partition of the six northern counties that now make up Northern Ireland.
because he thought that the parliamentary leader in Ireland, John Redmond, wouldn’t want to split Ireland up, and would subsequently relent on any aspirations towards Irish independence, and Carson could remain British and so would Ireland.
but the thing is that Carson was a really good politician, and championed his cause incredibly well.
so while he was, idk, patting himself on the back and throwing himself a party for being so much cleverer than everyone else, Redmond said yes.
We have two different countries in one because Lord Carson literally screwed himself out of his own British nationality by accident, his whole magnificent scheme backfired for him in the worst possible way like a fucking comic book villain and I’m sorry but if that’s not absolutely hilarious to you I don’t know what else to say.