The UK is unique among British countries in its form of government; most administration of the UK is performed directly by the federal government, with which it shares its capital, London. The United Kingdom itself consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The all four have their own administrations, based in their capital cities, London Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, respectively. Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man are Crown dependencies and are not part of the UK. The United Kingdom also has fourteen Overseas Territories.
The United Kingdom is the third most populous country of the British Empire, and remains a leading economic and political center of the nation, thought it is being increasingly superseded by Nigeria and especially India.