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The implausible elements of Scotland says "Yes" have now been moved to Padanian Secession and The Dragon Splits. Whilst there is still some implausibility in SSY, this is intended to make it as realistic as possible. Please note that this TL does not represent any political views, and is merely a collaborative scenario intended to provide an interesting read.
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In 2014, Scotland held a referendum to decide whether it should leave the United Kingdom and become an independent state. The narrow majority of 55% of voters said "No", meaning that the United Kingdom stayed United.

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This Timeline will explore what could have happened if Scotland had declared "yes", both in the British Isles, and around the world. The Point of Divergence of Scotland Says "Yes" is the 18th September 2014, where, after a more successful campaign, a majority of people voted "yes" rather than no, causing the mechanisms of Scotland becoming Independent over the next couple of years.

This timeline is live, happening (mainly) in real time to OTL, and is open to contributors.

Timeline of events

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On the 19th September the results of the referendum show a majority in favour of independence with mass celebrations, as well as some anti-independence demonstrations. London Share prices fall by 10% with pound falling. Multinational Companies move to from Edinburgh to London. Meanwhile, Spain shows concern as the Catalan parliament arranges its own independence movements, while Shetland and Orkney call for a second referendum on their future.

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In September David Cameron resigns as Conservative leader and Prime Minister, while calls for English devolution are made, particularly by UKIP and far-right Tory MP's. Meanwhile in Spain Catalan demonstrators march for Madrid.

In October Catalan protesters clash with Madrid forces. After rebellions the Spanish Army is repelled from Catalonia. By November the Canaries and Basque have declared their own independence, the former defended by Morocco.


With successful UK-Scots talks, EU-Scots talks begins. On the 14th March the Prince of Wales and national representatives arrive in Edinburgh for the independence at midnight.

Despite the cries of the Belgian government and the Walloon people to stay united in April, the Flemish Movement had gained steam faster than ever.

In September Canada declares a referendum for the independence of Quebec while EU-Scottish talks break ground with Scotland joining the EU and Eurozone.

By June, Flanders had declared its independence, much to the dismay of the Belgian government and the Walloon people. Flemish independence remained unrecognized, although the region was de facto independent.

In September, talks are initiated between the Belgian government and several other European officials; when the talks ended in early October, it was agreed for Belgium to dissolve. Flemish separatists rejoiced as their independence was recognized, but otherwise it was an unhappy day for the citizens of newly independent Brussels. The same could be said for the Walloon people, who had their homeland partitioned amongst France, Luxembourg, and Germany.

November also saw a Tibetan uprising after attacks on a protest. Nearer the end of the month Turkey shot down a Russian Jet. Putin reacted by supporting the creation of an independent Kurdistan in a move to undermine Turkey in December.


With Germany warning Spain of forcible removal from the EU, pressure is put upon Spain to recognise Catalonia and Basque nations. In March Spanish PM Rajoy is deposed, with the parliament recognising just Catalonia some days later. Meanwhile, the Kurdish provinces within Turkey start to rebel, while Kurdistan successfully marches towards Mosul and Syrian capture of Palmyra from ISIL and significant Kurdish capture of Mosul.

March also saw both British and Scottish elections, delivering a Labour - Liberal Democrat coalition and a SNP government respectively. UN talks concerning peacekeeping lead to the creation of a Peacekeeping Mission primarily in Kurdistan, as well as the recapture of Mosul, and shortly thereafter agreed not to attack Syrian Opposition Forces, leading the Russia and Assad voicing concern. In July a coup takes place in Turkey,but is quickly put down by popular support for Erdogen, and purges take place, and soon begins to become involved in the Syrian Civil War.

In Spain, Valencians protest in favour of further autonomy, and closer links to Catalonia.


As the year begins, Flanders and other post-Belgian states begin the process of joining the EU and NATO. With the inauguration of Donald Trump, controversy erupts within Scotland as to the relation.

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Latest News

6th February - Similarly to Scotland, the United Kingdom passes an amnesty law , pardoning men who were cautioned or convicted under historical legislation which outlawed Homosexual Acts.
1st February Flanders and Eupen-Malmedy both sign European Union Association Agreements, part of the process of joining the EU.
27th January - Scottish Deputy Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon and other Scottish leaders condemns the US move on banning immigration from various Muslim-majority nations.
3rd January - After no NATO members object to Flander's membership, Flanders is granted a Membership Action plan. This will ensure Flander's accession to the EU, and it should be a full member by 2020.


To would-be contributors

If you would like to contribute to this timeline please leave a message on the talk page for this page, as well as mine. This could be for anything - your country, a country you know or just spelling, grammar and formatting :) Bryce3 (talk) 10:52, April 1, 2016 (UTC)