In Vermont the statutory term may be shire town, but colloquially "county seat" is the term in use there. Parts of the Canadian
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also use the term "shire town." In England, Wales
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Republic of Ireland
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, the term county town
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is used. This term is still sometimes used colloquially in Scotland
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and Northern Ireland
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, but today neither is divided into administrative counties – instead being divided, respectively, into council area
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s and district
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