Sources: London Array [press release], Bloomberg
quote: Generalizing about an entire nation's population based on isolated experiences is usually considered beneath enlightened civilization such as the one you purportedly have in Europe.
quote: I think they would, but even if they didn't it is still valid usage. Just because the USA subdivides itself into units called states instead of provinces, counties, boroughs, shires or parishes has no effect on the international use of the term state as having to do with a country's government
quote: You did with your Texas comment.
quote: Educated doesn't mean clairvoyant.
quote: The Articles of Confederation did indeed unite independent nations and the term state used then was perfectly accurate: describing a country. The colonies were each separate sovereign units before the constitution was ratified.