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I am a body thats for sure
Ire I held for my neighbours, so pure
My north teamed up while the south went solo
We remember the severe lack of the potato

My symbol riddled with the need for peace
The war of the gods needed to cease
Green to the left, orange to the right
Fictional characters at the root of the spite

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    $\begingroup$ I have a guess that would match "orange to the left, green to the right" instead of "green to the left, orange to the right". Is the order really correct? $\endgroup$ – Victor Stafusa Dec 9 '14 at 15:48
  • $\begingroup$ @VICTOR what was your guess? $\endgroup$ – Oblongamous Dec 9 '14 at 16:05
  • $\begingroup$ I thought about Ireland, but the second verse make me think that it couldn't be (dammit!). Then I thought about Ivory Coast. $\endgroup$ – Victor Stafusa Dec 9 '14 at 16:06
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The answer is:

Ireland.

I am a body thats for sure

one landmass

Ire I held for my neighbours, so pure

"Ire" a clue for "Ireland", I guess...?

My north teamed up while the south went solo

Northern Ireland versus Eire.

We remember the severe lack of the potato

Potato famine

My symbol riddled with the need for peace

?

The war of the gods needed to cease

Sectarian conflict

Green to the left, orange to the right

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Ireland

Fictional characters at the root of the spite

Jesus, Mary, God, etc... (although there is really a lot more than that forming the background of the Troubles, see these links for more info...)

Title: Tea father? Drink!

the incomparable Father Ted, of course.

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  • $\begingroup$ Ire as in rage, being in England I'm well aware of their rage, the IRA were a known force. IRE into irate into IRA also works. Irelands flag was to represent, now correct me if I'm wrong something to do with their celtish believe or protestants and the romans. Green for celts and orange for roman. White is the colour of peace therefore the division is peace $\endgroup$ – Oblongamous Dec 9 '14 at 15:53
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    $\begingroup$ @JonStory a conventional representation of an object. If the irish flag isnt a representation of Ireland I dont know what is :D $\endgroup$ – Oblongamous Dec 9 '14 at 16:28
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    $\begingroup$ There are quite a few different things which symbolise Ireland. As well as the flag, I thought about the harp, Kathleen Ni Houlihan, Hibernai, the shamrock and the Celtic cross. I dismissed the leprechaun as being too corny. There's some more on en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:National_symbols_of_Ireland $\endgroup$ – A E Dec 9 '14 at 16:34
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    $\begingroup$ @JonStory by personifying Ireland, its flag is his/hers. Also its no exactly riddled with anything apart from three colours. It was created to represent the desire for peace, each part of the flag representing a side with peace being the major theme of the flag. Therefore it has multiple references to peace ergo riddled. $\endgroup$ – Oblongamous Dec 9 '14 at 16:35
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    $\begingroup$ That's what it seems to mean now though. "The white in the centre signifies a lasting truce between the 'Orange' and the 'Green'". Department of the Taoiseach <--------- they ought to know. $\endgroup$ – A E Dec 9 '14 at 16:41

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