The actual full title of the UK is "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland", so your example would be like accepting "Republic" for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
would you accept "the grenadines" on a quiz called countries starting with "t"? I doubt it. Same with countries starting with an h. (Bosnia) herzegovina would not be a valid answer.
Are we getting repetitive yet?
The more nfo there is in your head, sometimes, the more stuff wants to come out..
Bursting at the seams.. "C.." "Colombia: ow ow ow me me !" "no..... capitals starting with c..." "Colombia: ow.."