- The West: Western Europe (Prroooobaably including Greece and Scandinavia, in spite of the actual geographic matters), UK, USA, Canada, and the Oceanic colonies (Which may be defined to include India and South Africa). Sometimes includes Eastern Europe and Western-affiliates in Asia such as the ROK and Japan. The North is usually lumped here (see the following section), but when mentioned separately, it usually stands for Scandinavia.
- Alternately: Europe and the Anglosphere nations.
- The East: Nowadays usually means Eastern and South-Eastern Asia, sometimes includes Russia and the Indian sub-continent. In older times (Middle Ages through about the 19th Century) its use in Europe denoted anywhere past the traditionally Christian areas of the Balkans, leading to two or three subdivisions (Eurocentric, since the "Near", "Middle", and "Far" terms are in relation to Europe):
- The Near East/The Middle East: Depending on which Western country you were in and what year it was, one or both of these terms may have been used to maybe denote the same area or neighboring but distinct ones. The British Foreign Office in the 19th Century drew them up as two distinct (though possibly overlapping) areas, with Near East being whatever parts that were ruled by the Ottoman Empire (including its possessions in the Balkans, North Africa, and Mesopotamia); the term "Middle East" got greater attention in 1902 thanks to American naval strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan, who defined it as between the Arabian Peninsula and India (this definition includes what is generally called Central Asia nowadays - at the time the British and Russian Empires were playing their Great Game for Afghanistan).
- The Far East: Pretty much always a distinct subset of the historical East, the terms is at least as old as the 16th Century (King John III of Portugal used it to describe India). Almost always includes China and those heavily influenced by Chinese culture (definitely Japan and Korea, frequently Mongolia and Vietnam), usually also includes (the rest of) Southeast Asia as far south as Indonesia, sometimes includes the Russian Far East (though not all of Russia) and the Indian subcontinent.
- The South will usually mean at least Latin America (sometimes considered West due to its partially Western cultural heritage and its close ties with the United States); adding Sub-Saharan Africa and developing countries in Asia (including those in the Middle East) is what makes this South Globalnote . Antarctica is not a part of the South, nor are Australia or New Zealand. The "Global South" concept has had more use in practice (for instance "South-South cooperation" between two countries both considered developing economies rather than a developing country working with an already-developed one).
- There really isn't as much of a North in this parlance, whatever the Ninth Doctor may state.