It is people who represent and set boundaries for a country. Every country big or small has its own culture, history, and a story. Stories passed on from a generation to next, survive as they transferred their legacies via word of mouth, transcripts, folk tales etc. They sometimes provide valuable information, general insights and to a certain extent their way of life. Boundaries among countries have always been changing. It's not so surprising to find common ancestors or similar folktales among neighboring or somewhat far off countries.
Some people pass their culture, way life and stories from one generation on to next. People carry forward the knowledge and way of life and develop a culture. These cultures thrive for a period of time. Some cultures not only survive from ancestral knowledge but each generation creates a legacy of its own. These cultures form civilization which can be the basis for others to follow. There have been great civilizations in the past which gave rise to advancement to today's arts, architecture, science, technology. People in the past too seeking knowledge and personal gain have been moving, trading their ideas and exchanging culture.
Mother Earth over centuries has been contributing her share on setting boundaries. The movements of tectonic plates have created huge continents. The once clustered landmass chunk has evolved and scattered into various tiny and huge lands, which have been exploring the wide ocean and its limits. Mankind, being a product of this land has been exploring its vastness over generations. People over centuries; have been migrating from one place to another for various reasons. Migrations can be associated with better living conditions, plundering of their village by barbarians, banishment or just a human tendency to explore new boundaries.
There have been many major/minor disputes over land leading to great wars. The boundaries among countries have been changing. Many new boundaries have been set in the past, paving way for new countries. The land has always been associated with glory and honour. The world has witnessed major bloodshed as a result of one or two scrupulous man's dream to rein the world. History has thought a great lesson to mankind. Thanks to the advancement of archaeological science and required technology to aid it, mankind to large extent matured and has the knowledge to try and avoid repeating the same mistakes.
There have been many reigns in countries and on its people in the past. Many empires have been built in the past by acquiring more land or by making other states their subordinate. Many great empires have collapsed as people demonstrated their courage to free their states from bondage. Many have freed their country and gained their independence through violent/ not so violent means.
Every free country and its people have a flag to proclaim their freedom. Their flag hang's high on every major monument, administrative building, to demonstrate their independence and glory.
A country's glory can be man-made or natural. Some countries have natural glories in the form of rivers, vast deserts and mountains, green forests or great oceans/seas. There are also many natural resources like gold, diamond, coal etc., specific to a country. Then again people add glory by being responsible and choosing the type of government that would help their country's economy grow and prosper. They are wise enough to trade their natural resources. Every country trades in its currency or uses a global currency.It takes intelligent minds to make a developed country with high GDP. Then again, it takes a great country with matured minds to create a place wherein its people are self-reliant, compassionate and have a healthy mind.
Sports have been an integral part of every country. Every country has a sport that originated or has been adopted. Sports were a major form of entertainment for major civilizations in the past. In the past, sports were mostly associated with bloodshed and cruelty. It is good to see many bloody sports/wars replaced with rules. Every country shows its honour and respect for fellow humans by winning or playing in a sport. Every sportsman shows their best and strives for making their country proud. It would not be an understatement to quote "When people do their best for the country, in return their country does well for them".
My in-app "Country" in " kidzfun - select" application and the app in "Kidz Mix" tries to capture and narrate the natural and man-made glories associated with countries, starting with alphabets (A-Z).
Check it out in an app store.