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The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK, Great Britain, or Britain), is a sovereign state located off the north-western coast of mainland Europe. The capital city is London. The UK consists of four constituent countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. With the exception of Northern Ireland's land border with the Republic of Ireland, the UK is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, the English Channel and the Irish Sea.

The UK is the setting for Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 and Grand Theft Auto: London 1961. London is the centerpiece of those two video games, Manchester is available as a multiplayer map.

The Grand Theft Auto games are developed in the United Kingdom, more specifically in Scotland, where Rockstar North is based. The games are first shipped to the United States of America and Canada, before they are made available in the UK and the remainder of continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and finally the rest of the world.

The UK is currently home to four Rockstar studios:

The United Kingdom is also home to the BBFC rating system, which has given the most scrutiny towards the Grand Theft Auto series without the need for any of the games to be censored or re-rated. Dan Houser, Sam Houser, Terry Donovan and Gary Dale are all British.

Owing to the series' British (especially Scottish) origins, many references are made to the country through the games.

2D Universe

3D Universe

Grand Theft Auto III

  • Freddy is first heard on Chatterbox FM where he speaks to Lazlow about nannies (and he wanted to be spanked). He is also voiced by Dan Houser.
  • The Ammu-Nation owner is voiced and influenced by Sam Houser.
  • A banker with an English accent can be found around the countryside. When provoked, he claims to be from Cambridge.
  • The beta Rhino was based on the VAB Fox.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • San Andreas is the old Spanish name for Saint Andrew, the Patron Saint of Scotland.
  • Maccer is from Salford, a city in northwest England, and has a strong local accent. He also frequently makes references to his hometown and the adjacent Manchester.
  • The Carcer City and Hampshire Nannies adverts are hosted by British advertisers. In addition, a female endorser featured in the Redwood Cigarettes appears to talk in a Sloane accent.

    The Edinburgh tourist guide.

  • The Stafford (Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow) and Windsor (Jaguar XKE) are both British cars.
  • Two pedestrians (marked WFYST and WMYST in the games files) are British, and can be heard using British slang terms such as "wanker" and "bollocks", as well as being disrespectful towards Americans. There is also a male pedestrian (marked OMYST) who claims to have slept with a Scotsman.
  • During "Wear Flowers in Your Hair", The Truth ponders if John F. Kennedy lives in Scotland with Janis Joplin.
  • In some safe houses, there are guidebooks for different places, including Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • There are vehicle number plates bearing the names "Glasgow" and "Rangers", the biggest city in Scotland and a major football team from the same city. Several car number plates from the Exports and Imports also make reference to several former Rangers players. Another custom plate in the game references Celtic, another major team from Glasgow and arch rivals with Rangers.
  • Dundee, a city in Scotland, features in the name of the Let's Go to Dundee!! album advertised in-game.
  • James Pedeaston, the radio host for The Wild Traveler on WCTR, is British.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

  • Phil Collins voices himself in the game. His assistant, Barry Mickelthwaite, is also English.
  • There is a space programme on any radio station which features voices that sound British.
  • The announcer of the Buy American Coalition (the national organization that keeps the United States of America independent from foreign goods) slightly slams the Brits by telling them to "shove their tea up their limey asses, and show them the American spirit - by drinking moonshine and killing natives instead."
  • The Splitz-6 ATV is based on the Supacat, which is a British vehicle manufactured by that company.
  • Trish Camden, co-host of Wave 103, is English. She thinks of her co-hosting an American radio station as: "a little bit of a "British invasion" and says that she wants to bring a little bit of Britain onto the American radio. She also mentions Margaret Thatcher, who was the UK Prime Minister at the time of the game's setting.

HD Universe

Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes from Liberty City

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • The San Andreas Flight School Update added the Union Jack, as well as English, Scottish and Welsh flag Chute Bags.
  • A British character called English Dave is introduced in the After Hours update.
    • Futhermore, English Dave’s ringtone is Rule Britannia.
  • The Faggio Mod is named afted the mod subculture, and can have various customizations and a few liveries based on it.
  • The Stafford can be customized with the "For Queen and Country" livery, having the British flag pattern on it.
  • Two liveries of the P-45 Nokota, "God Save The King" and "Crab Air", have a British flag on the tail rudder. The former is the national anthem of the UK when their monarch is male.
  • Certain liveries for the Pyro, RM-10 Bombushka and Volatol may have roundels and fin flashes utilized by the Royal Air Force.