Originally Posted by chestnu1
Any one else wondering exactly how many kingdoms there are in the fairy tale world. At this point we have four or five different kingdoms, the one that Midas is king of, the one Cinderella is from, the snow white/evil queen one, and the one that the prince is from. Also if you want to count the one that maleficent is from that is another one.
My point is how many kingdoms can there be and what exactly constitutes a kingdom in the first place?
Kingdoms for the most part used to be a lot smaller. In its early history, Great Britain was subdivided into a number of kindgoms. Numerous wars brought it to England, Wales, and Scotland, eventually to the United Kingdom.
I would say a kingdom is run by a king, who does NOT owe allegiance (taxes and soldiers) to a higher authority. Typically, his kingdom will consist of his own lands plus lands held by other nobles who owe him allegiance and pay taxes and provide soldiers.