Alternative History

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2014 ♦ 2015 ♦ 2016 ♦ 2017

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19th September

Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland

- Votes Announced: Overwhelming Majority vote "yes"

- Alex Salmond makes a press statement, saying he is delighted with the result, but warns that the road to independence is not yet over. He also states that he intends for the new country to work closely with the UK and other countries on the international stage.

- Mass celebrations begin in many Scottish cities, though there are some scuffles as pro-Union supporters wave Union Flags. Some cases of xenophobia against Scottish (and by extension, Celtic-looking) people in British cities are reported.

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, United Kingdom

London Stock Exchange

- David Cameron makes a press speech in which he states that he is "disappointed" with the result, but respects the Scottish people's choice, and that the British and Scottish people should continue to work together and remember what they have in common. There are many calls for Cameron to resign after failing to preserve the union.

- Share prices in the London Stock Exchange fall by up to 10% and the Pound starts to fall against most major currencies. Beginnings of Financial Crisis.

Flag of Catalonia.svg Catalonia

- Catalan Parliament approves call for referendum on independence.

20th September

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom

- There are calls for the UK General Election to be postponed until 2016, as Scottish MPs will affect the vote, especially with the idea that "Scottish Labour MP's could deliver a Labour government that would have no mandate in the rest of the UK."

- Many international leaders release statements congratulating the Scottish people and the democracy used, and their aim to continue to work with both the UK and Scotland.

- Many multinational corporations announce plans to relocate their main offices to London, Many hotels in Scotland notice many cancellations from English tourists. The Royal Bank of Scotland announces that while it will keep offices in Scotland, it will locate its headquarters in London.

- Tory Backbenchers start to call for Cameron's resignation.

2007 Flag of Orkney.svg Western Isles Council Flag.svg Flag of Shetland.svg The Northern and Western Islands

- The Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and the Shetland Islands all call for a second referendum on whether they should join Scotland, or become independent/have affiliation with the UK.

Flag of Spain.svg Spain

- Spanish leaders voice their concern and disappointment with the result and their intention to block Scotland from joining the EU, as Basque and Catalonian politicians and nationalists hail the result and call for similar referenda for them.

22nd September

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, United Kingdom

- Representatives of Scotland and the rUK (rest of United Kingdom) arrive in London to start discussing and negotiating the plan for Scottish Independence, specifically borders, debt and government resources. By the end of the day they announce that they hope for the mechanisms for independence to be fulfilled by 2015.


David Cameron resigns as Scotland votes to leave UK - BBC News

- David Cameron announces his resignation as Conservative Leader, but states that he will stay as Prime Minister until the new leader is chosen.

23rd September

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, United Kingdom

- George Osbourne, Boris Johnson and Theresa May all announce that they will run for Tory Leader, amongst other Tory members.

25th September

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, United Kingdom

- Movements are started calling for an English Parliament, and possibly Federalized system.

26th September

Flag of Catalonia.svg Catalonia

- Mass protests in Barcelona over refusal of Spanish Government to take their referenda on independence seriously.

2007 Flag of Orkney.svg Western Isles Council Flag.svg Flag of Shetland.svg The Northern and Western Islands- Separate referenda are held in Orkney, the Outer Hebrides and the Shetland Islands to determine their status. Orkney and Shetland vote overwhelmingly not to join Scotland. The Outer Hebrides narrowly vote to join an Independent Scotland.

27th September

Flag of Spain.svg Spain

- Spanish government announces it will block the efforts of Catalonia. The Spanish Constitutional Court decides to hear the case on 29th September.

Flag of Catalonia.svg Catalonia

256px-11s2012 Via Laietana (1).JPG

- Demonstrators start to march towards Madrid with the intention of occupying it.

29th September

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, United Kingdom

- A vote of no confidence is held by the Labour party but fended off by the coalition government.

30th September

Flag of Catalonia.svg Madrid

- Catalan demonstrators move into outer parts of Madrid and are confronted by a Police Barricade. Violence breaks out with some injuries.

30th September

Flag of Catalonia.svg Madrid

- After a 24 hour stand-off, police attack Protester's Camp. Along with hundreds of others, Artur Mas is arrested and jailed.

1st October

Flag of Catalonia.svg Catalonia

- News starts to break that the protests have failed. Catalan Nationalists occupy government buildings . After an order comes through to deal with the uprising, most of the Catalan Police Forces defect to the rioters

Flag of Spain.svg Spain

- Spanish Army is mobilized and sent to Catalonia.

12th October

Flag of Catalonia.svg Catalonia

- Spanish Army encounters military barricade at Segre River, with fighting ensuing. Two Soldiers are killed, four Civilians are also killed with a further 16 injured.

15th October

Flag of Catalonia.svg Catalonia

- As the Spanish Army moves through Catalonia, attempting to put down any resistance, rebels hide before reappearing, managing to avoid fighting.

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, United Kingdom

-George Osborne is elected Leader of the Conservatives, and becomes Prime Minister after Cameron steps down.

17th October

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, United Kingdom

New flag of the UK, in conjunction with old Union Flag

- Parliament votes to use a new design of the Union Flag incorporating the Welsh flag, but also to allow the continued usage of the old Union Flag (up to the discretion of the building where it is being flown). While there are praises for the flag, especially from Plaid Cymru for the inclusion of the Welsh Colours, many people still support the old Union Flag, which "generations of servicemen died under". As such, it is uncertain whether the military will use the new flag.

2nd November

Flag of Catalonia.svg Catalonia

Spanish APCs

- Spanish forces reach Barcelona, encountering hard resistance, supplied with old Moroccan arms brought in the previous night. Catalan rebels capture a Spanish APC and use it to destroy another.

7th November

Flag of Catalonia.svg Catalonia

- Battle for Barcelona finishes as government forces retreat or are captured.

19th November

United Nations Flag.PNG United Nations

- As Spanish Forces lock down Catalonia, Morocco calls for economic sanctions against Spain .

20th November

United Nations Flag.PNG United Nations

- Moroccan proposal rejected in favour of less harsh resolution until a solution can be found.

Flag of Spain.svg Canaries and Baque

- Canary Islands and Basque Country, at this news, declare independence. While the Basque rebellion is quickly put down, the Canary Government puts up minimal resistance, and a Spanish Naval Task force retreats after a stand-off with Moroccan Naval Ships.

2nd December

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg LondonUnited Kingdom

- Electoral Commission advises the general election be postponed until May 2016, and legislation is rushed through Parliament extending its life the vote goes through by one vote as many Liberal Democrats rebel against the decision.

17th December

Flag of the United States.svg Washington DC, United States/Flag of Cuba.svg Havana, Cuba

- U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro announced the beginning of a process of normalizing relations between Cuba and the United States. The normalization agreement was secretly negotiated in preceding months, facilitated by Pope Francis and largely hosted by the Government of Canada. Cuba returns American aid worker Alan Gross to the United States while the United States returns three members of the Cuban Five back to Cuba in prisoner exchange meant to normalize relations with the two.


7th January

Flag of France.svg Paris, France

- Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. They were armed with assault rifles, killed 11 people and injured 11 others in the building. A French National Police officer was killed when they exited the building.

8th-9th January

Flag of France.svg France

- In connection to the Charlie Hebdo shooting, French police tracked the assailants to an industrial estate in Dammartin-en-Goële, where they took a hostage. Another gunman also shot a police officer on 8 January and took hostages the next day, at a kosher supermarket near the Porte de Vincennes. Three attackers were killed, along with four hostages who died in the Vincennes supermarket before the intervention.

21st January

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, United Kingdom

- Sir John Chilcot announces that his report into the Iraq War will be published after the General Election.

24th January

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Saudi Arabia.svgSaudi Arabia

- David Cameron and HRH Prince Charles fly to Saudi Arabia to pay respects to King Abdullah, who died the previous day.

25th January

Flag of the Philippines.svg Maguindanao, Philippines

- 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF), an elite fighting force, were killed after a clash took place in Tukalinapao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao against armed insurgents of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). PNP-SAF's objective is to pursue Zulkifli Abdhir also known as Marwan and Basit Usman as part of Oplan Exodus and killed the former. 

2nd February

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, United Kingdom

- Economic talks between the UK and Scotland are deteriorating as Scotland is determined to keep the pound. Osbourne states that Scotland is “free to use sterling in the same way they use the US dollar in Zimbabwe but there will be no influence on UK or Bank of England policy, and no banking or fiscal or true currency union.”

-The population of London hits a record of 8.6m, and is forecast to reach 11m by 2050.

5th February

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom

- Plaid Cymru announces plans to hold an informal referendum on more devolved powers in Wales .

- Buckingham Palace announces that Her Majesty is planning on appointing Lord Steel of Aikwood as first Governor-General of Scotland .

13th February

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London, United Kingdom

- Negotiations between UK and Scotland come to common ground and government agencies start to divide although neither side is happy with the deal presented.

Flag of Europe.svg European Union

- Negotiations now begin with EU and Scotland over Scotland joining and using the Euro. Spain still staunchly opposes Scottish entry.

17th February

Flag of Flanders.svg Flanders

- Throughout Flanders, rallies in favour of Flemish independence begin. Whilst many are Euroskeptic, the perception that Scottish negotiations are going well gives the independence movement weight.

18th February

Flag of Flanders.svg Ghent, Flanders

- Minor rioting begins in Ghent. In an attempt to quell this, the Flemish government announces they will push for a referendum to be held.

19th February

Flag of Belgium.svg Brussels, Belgium

- Belgian government announces a Referendum to be held on the 11th April on Flemish Independence.

14th March

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Edinburgh, Scotland

- The Prince of Wales and representatives of various nations arrive in Edinburgh for the ceremony the next day.

15th March

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Edinburgh, Scotland

- Union Flags are raised on all Scottish Public Buildings so they can be ceremoniously lowered at midnight. - Ceremony at midnight sees an independent Scotland reborn. Much celebration, though some small isolated instances of violence are experienced.

NorthernIsles.PNG The Northern Islands

- Orkney and the Shetlands are transferred to the Northern Isles Dependency, under the sovereignty of the United Kingdom. Roderick Campbell becomes takes his position as Lieutenant Governor, whilst Alistair Carmichael becomes the Chief Minster.

16th March

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector).svg United Kingdom

- Government announces first NHS patients have been diagnosed through genome sequencing.

16th-17th March

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Edinburgh, Scotland

- Two day Bank Holiday in Scotland begins to deal with financial and official transovers, as well as, presumably, hangovers.

18th March

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Scotland

- Governor-General and British Ambassador and Consul arrive in Edinburgh.

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector).svg London, United Kingdom

- Scottish Ambassador and Consul arrive

- Prime Minister George Osborne officially congratulates Scotland in a press conference, and states his hopes for close relations between Scotland and the United Kingdom.

- Press start circulating stories of the possibility of an Intergovernmental Union between the UK, Scotland and Ireland to succeed the Common Travel Area, to coordinate Trade.

United Nations Flag.PNG United Nations and Others

- Scotland is officially welcomed to the United Nations, with it's representative sitting between Saudi Arabia and Senegal. The rUK takes the UK's seat on the Security Council.

- Scotland formally joins to Commonwealth, but NATO and EU memberships are still being negotiated.

Flag of Guernsey.svg Flag of Jersey.svg Channel Islands

- After the unification of the Northern Isles, some movement for a Confederal, rather than Federal, structure over the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey grows, with the example of the already united Channel Islands Brussels Office given as an example.

10th April

Flag of Belgium.svg Brussels, Belgium

- Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel urges the unity of the Belgian People in the referendum.

20th April

Flag of Flanders.svg Flanders

- Referendum in favour of Flemish independence. World leaders react variably, but mainly promote good relations and trade.

16th April

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Scotland

- Elizabeth II is formally crowned in a small coronation ceremony in Edinburgh as Queen of Scots, though appears grumpy throughout. English road signs are replaced with bi-lingual ones.

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Edinburgh

- Alex Salmond states that Scotland will recognize Kurdistan if he is elected, and will support them economically.

20th April

Flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.svg Turkish Cyprus

- Mustafa Akıncı, a pro-unificationist, is elected President.

3rd May

Flag of Belgium.svg Brussels, Belgium

- Belgian, Flemish and Walloon representatives meet in Brussels to discuss the future of their states.

13th May

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector).svgUnited Kingdom

- Trooping the Colour takes place in London

16th May

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Scotland

- The Church of Scotland votes to allow the ordination of gay minister in civil partnerships.

15th June

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector).svgUnited Kingdom

- The Royal Family, Ed Miliband, the Archbishop of Canterbury and other dignitaries attend a ceremony at Runnymede, marking the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.

18th June

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector).svgUnited Kingdom

- A Government report shows that the Palace of Westminister is in urgent need of repair, and recommends that MPs leave the buildings for two years in order for repairs to take place

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector).svg London, United Kingdom

- After repetitive refusals by George Osborne to appear on forthcoming party leader television debates, Ed Miliband pledges to introduce legislation which would make televised debates permanent features of future general election campaigns, meaning politicians could not attempt to prevent them through self interest.

25th June

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector).svg United Kingdom

- UK Population grows by almost 500,000 to reach 64,596,800 in 2014.

7th July

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector).svg London, United Kingdom

- The country observes the 10th anniversary of the 7/7 attacks.

26th June

Flag of the United States.svg Washington DC, United States

- The United States Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage in the country.

5th July

Flag of Scotland.svg United Nations Flag.PNG Scotland

- UNESCO gives World Heritage to the Forth Bridge, on of Scotland's best-known structures.

18th July

Flag of Belgium.svg Brussels, Belgium

- After demands, representatives of the German-Speaking Community of Belgium meet in Brussels to discuss their futur


Raising of the Flag at U.S. Embassy Havana, Cuba

US Embassy Havana reopening ceremony.

20th July

Flag of Cuba.svg Havana, Cuba

- The United States officially reopens its embassy in Cuba with Secretary of State John Kerry leading the opening ceremony.

Flag of the United States.svg Washington DC, United States

- Cuba officially upgrades its "interests section" in the Swiss embassy to "embassy" status in Washington DC. The Cuban flag is raised in the Cuban embassy and is placed in the State Department for the first time.

6th September

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector).svg United Kingdom

- Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey , Peter Walker, dies in office.

9th September

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector).svg United Kingdom

- Queen Elizabeth II surpasses her 2nd great grandmother Queen Victoria as Britain's longest reigning monarch.

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Scotland

- Scottish Borders Railway, which was originally begun by the British Government, is officially opened by David Steele.

16th September

Flag of Belgium.svg Brussels, Belgium

- German, French and EU diplomats are invited to the talks.

18th September

Flag of Japan.svgTokyo, Japan

- The Japanese Diet made the reinterpretation of Article 9 of the Japanese constitution official by enacting a series of laws allowing the Japan Self-Defense Forces to provide material support to allies engaged in combat internationally. This drew criticism from local citizens, both South Korea and North Korea, and China while allies such as the United States, the Philippines and Australia welcomed the move.

19th September

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Scotland

- Scottish Nationals hold "One Year On" Referendum Celebrations, lead by Salmond, Swinney and Sturgeon.

Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada

- Government announces plans for referendum on Quebec independence, after much lobbying.

23rd September

Flag of Europe.svg EU

- EU-Scottish talks finally break ground: Spain backs down, on the condition that Scotland does not "interfere with the internal affairs of Spain" - Spain does not want Scotland inspiring Catalonian (and possibly Basque) independence movements. Scotland adopts the Euro.

Flag of Syria.svg Syria

- The Russian Armed Forces begin their intervention in the Syrian Civil War by attacking ISIS positions and the opposition forces against the Syrian government.

1st October

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector).svg United Kingdom

- UKIP Leader Nigel Farage comments on the Partition of Belgium in a press conference. He admires the Flemish movement from separating from Belgium, which he claims was overly controlled by the EU, and represented how the rest of Europe could go if forced together. However, he calls the creation of the Brussels City State as "the beginning of the EU takeover", and that it was "Donald Tusk's experimentation for the takeover of sovereign states", suggesting that once it administers Brussels, it may take over the separated United Kingdom.

24th October

Flag of Belgium.svg Brussels, Belgium

- An agreement is reached between the representatives: Brussels will become an independent City State, Flanders will become independent, Wallonia will join France, the German-Speaking Community (Eifel and Eupen) will join the Germany State of Rhineland-Palatine, whilst the Principality of Luxembourg will absorb the Belgian province of Luxembourg

Flag of France.svg Paris, France

- Da'esh attack on Paris leaves 137 dead and 368 injuries. Mass outcry from around the world.

24th November

Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey

- Turkey shoots down a Russian Jet, claiming it was violating Turkish Airspace. Russian-Turkey relations worsen.

27th November

Flag of Russia.svg Russia

- Putin and his cabinet declares their backing of Kurdistan as an independent nation.

Flag of France.svg Paris, France

- COP21 Conference on Climate Change begins in Paris. First meeting for Scotland, who already pledge to be one of the most ecologically friendly nations.

12th December

Flag of France.svg Paris, France

COP21 Conference on Climate Change concludes, with Scotland pledging to be one of the most ecologically friendly nations by 2025.

17th December

Flag of Kurdistan.svg Kurdistan

- Syrian, Iraqi, Iranian, Russian and Kurdish leaders meet in Erbil to discuss creating an independent Kurdish State.

Flag of Kurdistan

21st December

Flag of Kurdistan.svg Kurdistan

- Syria, Iraq, Iran, Russia and Kurdistan reach an agreement and declare Kurdistan an independent state, seceding from several states. Several oil and mining companies make deals with Peshmerga, boasting their economy.

Flag of Russia.svg Moscow

- Putin declares his support and backing of Kurdistan, and trade details, including supplying arms.

Flag of Quebec.svg Quebec, Canada

- Referendum on Quebec Independence held.

22nd December

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Scotland

- Alex Salmond states that if he becomes Prime Minister he will work closely with Kurdistan, and possibly send humanitarian workers.

Flag of Quebec.svg Quebec, Canada

- Referendum results: Vast Majority vote in favour.


1st January

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Scotland

- Scotland celebrates its first New Year as an independent nation since 1707. Governor-General David Steel makes a televised broadcast, as is Elizabeth II's.

17th January

Flag of Germany.svg Germany

- German Chancellor Angela Merkel, reflecting most of the EU's views, warns Spain that they risk being forcibly removed from the EU if they do not find a peaceful solution to Basque and Catalonian independence.

3rd February

Flag of Turkey.svg Kurdish Provinces, Turkey

- Protests break out in some Turkish cities in support of ceding to Kurdistan. Local authorities attempt to quell, though some support it and do little.

8th February

NorthernIsles.PNG Shetland, Northern Isles

- Natural Gas from the North Sea Fields begins to flow from a new plant on Shetland operated by Total.

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Scotland

- Scotland passes an amnesty law , pardoning men who were cautioned or convicted under historical legislation which outlawed Homosexual Acts.

26th February

Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland

- Enda Kenny of Fine Gael is elected Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland

1st March

Flag of Spain.svg Spain

- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is deposed by a vote of no confidence. Vice-President Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría Antón becomes acting-Prime Minister, and is assumed to be the next PM.

4th March

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector).svg United Kingdom

- The three main party leaders take part in the final televised debate before the general election, in a special edition of Question Time.

8th March

Flag of Kurdistan.svg Kurdistan

- Peshmerga forces armed with Russian equipment such as 100 T-72 and 80 2A65- Msta-B launch a major assault, retaking Tal Afar from ISIS and begin to March towards Mosul.

Flag of Spain.svg Spain

- Spanish Parliament passes act formally recognizing Catalonia.

10th March

Flag of Kurdistan.svg Kurdistan

- Peshmerga forces march right into the outer defences of Mosul, encircling the city. The Second Siege for Mosul begins.

14th March

Flag of Kurdistan.svg Kurdistan

- Peshmerga forces make major gains in the city of Mosul, with ISIL just holding the City Centre.

15th March

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Edinburgh, Scotland

- First Independence Day of the Scottish Commonwealth. Mass celebrations lead by Salmond, though minor demonstrations around nation against independence.

16th March

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector).svg United Kingdom

- UK General Election: Labour wins a minority with 279 seats, forming a coalition with the Liberal Democrats who hold ten seats. The Tories win 274 seats, while UKIP wins a further ten seats.

20th March

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Scotland

- Scottish Assembly Election : SNP wins landslide victory with 123 seats, and the Scottish Socialists three. The Scottish Free Democrats fail to win any, though are predicted to win many council seats, particularly in the south.

Cuban citizens watch the arrival of Air Force One.

Flag of Cuba.svg Havana, Cuba

- Barrack Obama becomes the first U.S. President to visit Cuba in nearly 80 years.

22nd March

Flag of Belgium.svg Brussels, Belgium

[1] Three coordinated bombings occur in the Brussels, killing at least 32 and injuring at least 250. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility for the attacks.

23rd March

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector).svg London, United Kingdom

- Legislation is passed by both Houses which makes Televised Debates permanent features of general election campaign.

Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland

- In one of the first acts of the Independent Scottish Assembly, Same-Sex Marriage is legalised. 

24th March

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Edinburgh, Scotland

- The last coal-fired plant in Scotland, Longannet Power Station, is closed.

27th March

Flag of Syria.svg Palmyra, Syria

- Government forces retake Palmyra from ISIL.

Western Isles Council Flag.svg The Western Islands

- Members of the former Scottish Liberal Democrats, as well as Tory and Labour, within the Outer Hebrides announce the creation of Outer Hebrides Party, calling for a new referendum on retaining the status quo of belonging to Scotland, Independence or rejoining the United Kingdom.

29th March

United Nations Flag.PNG United Nations

- While ISIL's power is waning, Scotland proposes peacekeeping operations in ISIL areas, as well as Turkish Kurdistan. Salmond also pledges large scale peacekeeping forces from Scotland

- Talks begin to take place for the establishment of a peacekeeping force in Syria and Iraq.

Flag of Kurdistan.svg Kurdistan

- After bitter fighting the Peshmerga make further gains. Only a few buildings are now held by ISIL.

3rd April

Flag of Kurdistan.svg Kurdistan

- Peshmerga forces finally defeat ISIL forces with Mosul, liberating it.


Release of 'Panama Papers' showing the names and assets of thousands in overseas accounts, involving many government officials and their associates around the world.

Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland

- With the release of the Panama Papers, Icelandic PM Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson resigns.

7th April

Flag of Belgium.svg Brussels, Belgium

- Belgium is dissolved. Protests mainly occur in Flanders, with a few in Brussels and Luxembourg. Rattachists of Wallonia celebrate.

9th April

United Nations Flag.PNG United Nations

- A UN resolution is drafted concerning a UN Peacekeeping Mission to Syria and Kurdistan, to be led by Scotland.

Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland

- Scottish Assembly controversially passes bill legalising the Right-to-Die.

10th April

United Nations Flag.PNG United Nations

- Both main organs of the UN vote in favour of a Scottish-lead Peacekeeping mission to Kurdistan. Preparations begin to be made.

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector).svg UK TATA Steel

- After the crisis left by TATA announcing the sale of its Steel Plants in Britain, the Labour Government agrees to buy a large share in them, essentially nationalising it with a small private investment.

15th April

Emblem of the United Nations.svg UN Kurdish Peacekeeping Mission

Peacekeepers from around the world start to depart for Kurdistan.

17th September

Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland

- On the 410th Anniversary of the original Union Flag, a bill is pased by the Scottish Assembly, proposing a referendum on the Flag of Scotland. The one in usage used a darker blue, introduced with the original United Kingdom, but many wished to revert to the former, lighter flag.

Flag of Kurdistan.svg Kurdistan

- Kurdistan agrees not to attack the Syrian Opposition Forces. The Assad Regime and Russia voice concern, but continue to supply Kurdistan.

26th April

Emblem of the United Nations.svg  UN Kurdish Peacekeeping Mission

First Peacekeeping Camps set up.

6th May

USS Florida approaching Gibraltar.

Flag of Gibraltar.svg Gibraltar

- The Royal Navy patrol boat HMS Sabre fires flares on a Spanish Guardia Civil vessel after it harasses the American nuclear submarine USS Florida on a port call to the British submarine base in the territory.

11th May

Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland

- A date is set for the planned Flag Referendum for September.

15th May

Flag of Iraq.svg Iraq

A suicide attack is carried out by Da'esh militants at the Taji Gas Plant in Iraq, near Baghdad. The situation, however, was quickly brought under control.

2nd June

Flag of Italy.svg Italy, Rome

Mattarella at the parade of the 2 June of the 2016.

- In Rome the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the Italian Republic was celebrated. The highest civil and military authorities assisted in the parade of the Republic.

10th June

Flag of France.svg Paris, France

- The 2016 UEFA European Championships begin in Saint-Denis with France taking on Romania.

Flag of France.svg Nice, France

- 84 people were killed and 303 injured when a 19-ton cargo truck was deliberately driven into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais. The driver, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a Tunisian resident of France was killed when police surrounded the truck and shot the driver.

Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey


Turkey Army group 'takes control of the country' BBC News

- Members of the Turkish Military, declaring a Peace at Home Council, begin a coup. Aircraft are reported over Ankara, and the bridges over the Bosporus are blocked

23rd June

Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland

- Scottish Flag Referendum: 51.78% of the electorate vote for the Flag to Change. Legislation enacting the change due for the New Year.

Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey

- Erdoğan flies to Istanbul, and leads anti-coup movement. Crowds force the end of the coup, and it crumbles.

12th July

Flag of Italy.svg Italy, Apulia

- In southern Italy two trains had a frontal crush and at least 27 people died and 50 remain wounded, The line where the trains crushed was run by a private company.

16th July

Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey

- A purge is declared by Erdoğan, and thousands of opposition military leaders, judges and civil servants are arrested. More violence is reported in the Kurdish regions.

20th July

Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey

- Turkey declares a two-month long State of Emergency

26th July

Flag of the United States.svg The Pentagon, VA, United States

-The U.S. Department of Defense said in a press conference that B-52, B-1 and B-2 bombers would be based on joint-U.S/U.K. base of Diego Garcia in the British Indian Ocean Territory for the campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. This is the first time since the Gulf War that the USAF will station B-52s in the B.I.O.T.

27th July

Flag of the British Indian Ocean Territory.svg Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory

- B-1 Lancers, B-2 Spirits, and B-52 Stratofortress bombers arrive in Diego Garcia to take part on the mission against ISIS.

5th August

Flag of Brazil.svg Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

-The 2016 Summer Olympics officially opens.

20th August

Flag of Turkey.svg Gaziantep, Turkey

- At least 54 people are killed when a wedding is attacked by a suicide bomber.

21st August

Flag of Brazil.svg Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

- The 2016 Summer Olympics officially comes to a close.

22nd August

Flag of Norway.svg Oslo, Norway

- Formal peace talks between the Government of the Philippines, the Communist Party of the Philippines, the New People's Army and National Democratic Front resume. A seven-day ceasefire is announced by the CPP.

24th August

Flag of Italy.svg Italy

- During the night a violent earthquake of 6.0 on the Richter scale happened in Italy. The center of this earthquake was in the valley of the Tronto, the city of Accumoli, Amatrice, Norcia and Arquata del Tronto was semi-completely destroyed. From the last official news 250 people died and other 200 was wounded. The earthquake was also heard at Rome, Bologna, Florence, Perugia, L'Aquila and Naples. Russia, US, Scotland and others have sent humanitarian help at the earthquake victims, also many Italian volunteers will help the order forces and the firefighters in the rescue of the wounded. There are some aftershocks reported and many others will happen and the number of the victims will go up.

The city of Amatrice after the earthquake.

24th August

Flag of Syria.svg North Syria

- Turkish forces direct intense artiller fire against Da'esh positions, with Turkish Air Force bombing 11 targets. They are followed by MBTs and pick-up trucks, holding Turkish-backed rebels. Turkish Special Forces were also joined by the FSA, and attacked Jarabulus, eventually capturing it.

24th August

Flag of Syria.svgNorth Syria

- 20 Turkish tanks cross into Syria, with the YPG and SDF withdrawing across the Euphrates. The Turkish backed rebels push south.

30th August

Flag of Brazil.svg Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

- Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff is impeached.

2nd September

Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Ubekistan

- Islam Karimov, President of Uzbekistan since its independence in 1991, dies, with Nigmatilla Yuldashev, Chair of the Senate, assuming the role of Acting President. Reports are made of independence demonstrations within Karakalpakstan.

Flag of the Philippines.svg Davao City, Philippines

- An explosion occurs in a night market in front of the Ateneo de Davao University, killing 15 people and wounding 71 others. The Islamic terror group Abu-Sayaff, which has severed ties with al Qaeda and pledge allegiance with ISIS has initially claimed responsibility for the attack but later denies, instead puts the blame on Daulat Ul-Islamiya Daulat's actions was to sympathize with the Abu Sayaff. The Armed Forces are placed on high alert as President Duterte cancels his scheduled trip to Brunei.

Flag of Laos.svg Vientiane, Laos

- The 11th East Asia summit occurs with the meet-ups of leaders of the Association of South East Asian Nations, Japan, China, and the United States.

Flag of the United States.svg New York City, NY; The Pentagon, VA; and Shanksville; PA, United States- Ceremonies are held at Ground Zero, New York; the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

16th September

Flag of the Land of Valencia (official).svg Valencia

- Reports of Protests and Demonstrations in favor of further autonomy, and closer links to the newly independent Catalonia.

28th September

Caribbean Sea

- Hurricane Matthew makes landfall in the Windward Islands, the Lesser Antilles, and parts of South America.

2nd October

Caribbean Sea

- Hurricane Matthew strikes Cuba, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

3rd October-8th October

Flag of the United States.svg Southern United States

- Hurricane Matthew strikes the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

13th October

Flag of Thailand.svg Bangkok, Thailand

- King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), the longest serving monarch in the world, dies at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok at the age of 88.

16th October

Flag of Iraq.svg Mosul, Iraq

- Iraqi government forces, allied militias, peshmerga, and the CJTF-OIR launch an offensive to retake the city of Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

18th October

Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Beijing, China

- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte begins his 4-day state visit to the People's Republic of China which is aimed to reset Sino-Philippine relations. Observers note this as relations between Manila and Washington DC are at all time low.

26th October

Flag of Italy.svg Central Italy

- A magnitude 5.5 and 6.1 earthquake strikes the central region of Italy. This was considered to be an aftershock of the earthquake last August

27th October

Flag of Japan.svgTokyo, Japan

- Takahito, Prince Mikasa, the eldest family of the Imperial family and the uncle of Emperor Akihito, dies at the age of 100. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is in Japan for a three-day state visit, cancels his meeting with the Japanese Emperor following the advise of protocol officers.

5th November

Flag of Flanders.svg Flanders

- The Flemish Government announces their plans to join NATO, and in a press speech alludes to joining the European Union.

8th November

Flag of the Philippines.svg Tacloban City, Philippines

- The Philippines commemorates the 3rd anniversary of the landfall of Typhoon Haiyan (local: Yolanda) which devastated Tacloban City as well as the areas of Leyte, Samar, northern Cebu (incuding Camotes Islands and Bantayan Island), Aklan, and Palawan.

Flag of the United States.svg United States of America

- The 2016 Presidential Election results in Republican candidate Donald J. Trump winning as upcoming 45th President of the United States over Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton. 

Trump in his first speech as President-Elect

9th November

Flag of the United States.svg United States of America

- Anti-Trump protests break out early morning in major cities in California, Illinois, New York, Florida, Louisiana, Texas and the capital, Washington, D.C.

13th November

Flag of France.svg Paris, France

- Commemorations are held to mark the first year anniversary of the 2015 Paris Attacks which killed 137 people.

14th November

Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand

- An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 to 7.8 strikes north of Christchurch, New Zealand, triggering tsunami warnings, causing widespread damage, and killing at least two people.

18th November

Flag of the Philippines.svg Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines

- The remains of former President and dictator (1985-1986) Ferdinand Marcos (d. 1989) is buried at the Heroes' Cemetery despite opposition from various groups. This comes out as one of the most controversial acts of the Duterte administration.

25th November

Flag of Cuba.svg Havana, Cuba

- Fidel Castro, the first secretary of the Cuban Communist Party, dies at the age of 90.

29th November

Flag of Flanders.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Flanders and the Netherlands

- A small border anomoly on the Maas River border between Flanders and the Netherlands is fixed through mutual exchanges of land. Leaders hail as proof land can be exchanged through peaceful, diplomatic means.

4th December

Flag of Italy.svg Italy

- The Constitutional referendum for the modification of the constitution is hold, the NO win with the 59,12% of the vote.

Map of the result of the referendum

7th December

Flag of Italy.svg Italy

- Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resign from his office, the new prime minister will be Paolo Gentiloni, previous minister of the foreign affairs.

8th December

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Scotland

- After Malta becomes the first European Nation to ban "Gay Conversion Therapy", the Scottish Government announces it too will introduce a similar bill to ban the practice.

12th December

Flag of Italy.svg Italy

- Paolo Gentiloni become officially the 28th Prime Minister of the Italian Republic.

19th December

Flag of Germany.svg Berlin, Germany

- A hijacked truck attacks a famous Christmas market within the city, killing 12 people. ISIS claims responsibility.

Flag of Turkey.svg Ankara, Turkey

- Andrei Karlov, the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, was fatally shot by an 22-year old, off-duty Turkish police officer, Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş. Altıntaş was killed shortly by police. His motives for killing the ambassador was the Russian intervention in the Syrian Civil War.

23rd December

Flag of Italy.svg Milan, Italy

- The suspected perpetuator of the Berlin Christmas Attack, Anis Amri, is killed in a shootout with Italian police.

25th December

Flag of Russia.svg Sochi, Russia

- A Ministry of Defense Tupolev Tu-154 crashes near Sochi, Russia, killing all 92 people on board, including 64 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble.

31st December

Flag of Italy.svg Italy

- After 194 years of service the State Forestry Corp or Corpo forestale dello Stato is absorbed by the Police of State.


1st January

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Scotland

- With celebrations of New Year, Scotland announces a pilot scheme for "Baby boxes" being given to mothers, which include around 40 items, such as mats, clothing and books. The scheme, based on Finland's own scheme from 1938, is estimated to cost around €7M.

Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey

- Nightclub attack leaves 39 dead during a New Year's Eve party.

3rd January

Flag of Flanders.svg Flag of NATO.svgFlanders

- 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.

27th January

Flag of the United States.svg United States

- Donald Trump signs the executive order entitled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States" restricting travel and immigration to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries, leading to mass protests in major U.S. airports and court rulings ordering its partial suspension.

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Scotland

- Scottish Deputy Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon and other Scottish leaders condemns the US move on banning immigration from various Muslim-majority nations.

1st February

Flag of Flanders.svg Flag of the German Community in Belgium.svgFlag of Europe.svg European Union

- Flanders and Eupen-Malmedy both sign European Union Association Agreements, part of the process of joining the EU.

6st February

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector).svg United Kingdom

- Similarly to Scotland, the United Kingdom passes an amnesty law , pardoning men who were cautioned or convicted under historical legislation which outlawed Homosexual Acts.

11th February

Flag of Scotland (traditional).svg Edinburg, Scotland

- Alongside global protests, 'Scotland against Trump' organises a peaceful protests against Trump, including speeches.

15th March

Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands

- Dutch General Election held. Preliminary results suggest VVD, whilst losing some seats, remains the largest party.

22nd March

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector).svg London, United Kingdom

- A terror attack at the Palace of Westminster, London, results in five people dead and fifty others injured.

25ft March

Flag of Europe.svg Italy, Rome

- In Rome the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome was celebrated by the prime ministers of the EU Countries and by other politicians, some anti-EU riots happened.

7th May

Flag of France.svg Paris, France

- Emmanuel Macron wins the 2017 French Presidential Elections.

22nd May

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector).svg Manchester, United Kingdom

- A suicide bombing was carried out at Manchester Arena following a concert by American singer Ariana Grande as part of her 2017 Dangerous Woman Tour. The perpetuator was identified as Salman Ramadan Abedi, a 22-year-old British citizen who detonated a shrapnel-laden improvised explosive device at the exit of the arena as the event was ending. 23 were killed (including the perpetuator) while 116 remain injured. Among those killed were ten people under the age of 20.

26th Many

Flag of Italy.svg Taormina, Italy

- The 43th summit of the G7 start at Taormina in Italy, the summit was mainly focus on the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean and about the climate crisis.

1st June

Flag of the United States.svg Washington, D.C.

- President Donald Trump confirmed that the U.S. would cease all participation in the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation.

11th June

Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rico

- Majority of Puerto Ricans vote for the 51st statehood in the 2017 Puerto Rico referendum despite the turn out of voters to be only 23%.

17th June

Flag of Great Britain without Scotland (vector).svg Finsbury Park, London

- A van is driven into pedestrians near a mosque. 1 is killed while 11 others are injured. Police detain Darren Osborne of which the motive is Islamophobia.

9th July

Mosul, Iraq

- Military intervention against ISIL: Iraqi forces declare "victory" on Mosul, which has been the de facto capital of the Islamic State since June 2014. Pockets of IS resistance remain.

17th-18th August

Flag of Catalonia.svg Catalonia

- Three separate Islamic terror attacks in kill at least 15 people and injure more than 100 others.


11th November

Paris, France

- Centennial anniversary of the end of World War I is attended by many world leaders.