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September 18, 2014

Who cares?!

Apparently most of the 4.3 million people who comprise Scotland's electorate care. They are expected to darken the doorways of voting places today to vote 'yes' or 'no' on a simple question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?'

Scotland relinquished its independence in 1707 when it aligned itself with the British empire.

Opposition to secession fret over economic implications and other unanswered matters. Proponents of independence view it as a now-or-never opportunity that must be seized or lost forever.

On this side of the pond I've heard some express their support for an new ethno state while others are concerned that a new Scotland would accelerate non-Western immigration and, effectively, self destruct.

From our news source we read:
After a passionate campaign that spanned two years of mounting intensity but reached back into centuries of history, Scottish voters headed for the polling booths on Thursday to choose whether to remain part of the United Kingdom or to secede as an independent nation.

If the “yes” campaign seeking independence for Scotland secures a majority, the outcome will herald the most dramatic constitutional change in the relationship between the two countries since they united in 1707. The repercussions would be momentous, creating the world’s newest state and ending a union that once oversaw an empire and triumphed in two world wars.

In Edinburgh, a steady stream of early voters filed into polling stations under murky skies and fog that swathed the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle. Others said they would vote later in the day, after working hours. Electoral officials have said they are expecting record numbers.

Almost 4.3 million people — 97 percent of the electorate — have registered to vote, including 16- and 17-year-olds enfranchised for the first time. Analysts have forecast a huge turnout in excess of 80 percent at about 2,600 polling places stretching from urban centers to remote and sparsely populated islands and far-flung settlements in the Scottish Highlands. Voting began at 7 a.m. and the polling stations are set to close at 10 p.m.

A full result is expected by breakfast time on Friday, when Scots will learn whether their land is to embark on a dramatic new era of restored sovereignty that, only a matter of years ago, seemed unlikely.

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