United Europe was the successor state to the European Union. The individual countries of the EU surrendered autonomy to United Europe such that they became states of it much like states in the United States. The official language was French although the former national languages continued to be spoken within the individual states. Relations with Eastern Europe to the east remained hostile, the two having fought several border skirmishes.
United Europe was wealthy enough to send a large team to Mimas, a moon of Saturn, for the Sixty-sixth Winter Games, but not so wealthy as to have them sent earlier to train in the low-g environment. The team's space suits were considered busy since they blended in so many former national colours.
While it's not clear that the events of "Les Mortes d'Arthur" and "La Différence" are set in the same continuity, the descriptions of United Europe in the two stories are similar enough for them to be treated as such for the purpose of this article.