i wonder if Russia will want a Naval base .... chuckle
I don't honestly think they will want a naval base in Scotland, but I am pretty sure they will be happy to greatly improve ties and trade with your ...country....
I would be worried about picking numbers out of the air like that for contributions because your economies will be so intertwined with Wales and England and Ireland and Northern Ireland that all of your economies will dramatically change.
Honestly I just love the Scottish accent, Billy Connelly has broken my brain though because every time I hear a Scottish accent I expect to hear a funny joke...
If you do get a referendum and you do decide to break off, I wonder if the EU will accept you back... I can see the EU maybe rejecting you to make it feel better about the UK rejecting them, but equally they might accept you to spite the rest of the components of what was the UK.
Equally if you separate you become a rival to your neighbours and they will likely fight for trade relations with the former commonwealth... but then I think that will be slim pickings to start with... the British commonwealth... what does it become... and most of it learned to be self sufficient when the UK joined the EU and essentially turned your backs to us economically.
It is a bit like the food producers in the EU thinking they can get all that business back if they drop the sanctions with Russia because the market that was there will still be waiting for them and they just need to ramp up production and start sending it to Russia and go back to making lots of money... but the ruble is a lot weaker than it was and there is local competition now that can operate completely in rubles so there is no exchange rate issues... but much worse than that... these new Russian food companies could then invade the EU market and take some market share there with their much cheaper products.
The break up of the Soviet Union was very damaging to Russia, and former neighbours and allies joining the other team and turning on Russia despite their economies being tightly linked like the Ukraine or the Baltic States that relied on Russian goods in their ports or producing engines and transport planes for their military and civilian sectors... they wanted independence and they got it and they have managed to separate properly from the hated Russians... and in the case of the Baltic states even managed to join the EU and HATO... you would think they would be over the moon but their future is going to require serious changes.... their shipyards and transport infrastructure is scaled to support Russian trade traffic and no one else wants to use it...
I would not like the see Scotland think everything is going to be great because politicians are
everywhere and independence can mean instead of being ruled and directed by
in London that you end up being ruled and directed by local
who operate from locations more locally... but they still make the same stupid decisions because it is decisions based on big money bribes and not what is best for the people.
I wish you all the best... I honestly like to see people succeed... I would be happy to see America live up to the hype... you know truth and justice for all... but if they don't want it then it wont happen.
There are plenty of Scotsmen of significance in Russian history too... I think if the EU rejects you Russia might become a rather useful trade partner and ally.
Sadly if the EU welcomes you back you will be forced to dance to their tune, though I think as an independent state you might start a call for reform of the system to cater to the needs of all the members rather than the unelected dictatorial crap they put up with now.
I don't say the UK should have left the EU and I understand that they chose to do so, but honestly I think they threw the baby out with the bathwater... it had potential as an economic arrangement... the political aspect just got out of hand and became too preachy and as I said dictatorial and from unelected officials with no rights to do so...
Anyway... all the best.