As most people know, the Scottish people voted against independence. The United Kingdom gets to remain complete. I had mixed feelings about this whole vote and not for reasons you would guess. I am not Scottish, nor am I from any other part of the U.K. So why would I be interested in this topic? Allow me to explain.
For starters, I was curious about what would happen with the flag. The iconic Union Jack has been around for over 200 years. That is a powerful symbol and it would be a shame to see it go. Especially if they kept using the same flag without the blue, which just looks terrible. Fortunately the vote did not go through and the world did not have to change all of their British flags. I suppose flag makers were getting a bit excited.
And if Scotland had left the United Kingdom and the flag had to change, would the superhero named Union Jack have to change his costume? That is such a great costume, it would be a shame to have to mess with it. Can you imagine changing Captain America’s suit? It would be really weird if Cap all of a sudden lost one of the colors…
This whole flag dilemma is the main reason that Puerto Rico has never become a state…
The other thing that had me interested in this vote was to see how the world would change. George Carlin once said that he is a fan of entropy and that is definitely something I can agree with.
Do not get me wrong, I am not saying that I want to watch everything collapse and burn, but I did get a little excited about the prospect of the United Kingdom splitting apart. I mean, if Scotland left, would Wales have followed suit? I do not know much about Welsh political movements, nor do I know anything of their economy, but you have to figure that in a few years the Welsh would be like “hey, those dirty, sheep-shaggin’ Scots have their own country, why don’t we?” Only none of us would have been able to understand it.
If they all split apart, what would happen on the other island? You know, with Northern Ireland. Would Ireland just consume them? I suppose they could stay as their own nation. I can see no harm in that, right?
Think about it for a second, the main powers of the world have not really changed that much in the last hundred or so years (yes, I realize that in some cases these countries have completely changed governments and whatnot, but shut up, this is my blog, my rules). The British, the French, the Russians, and the United States have been the predominant forces (I know, we arrived a bit late to the party, but I think our sheer dominance over the past fifty years makes up for the 1700s).
I realize that is a very Eurocentric attitude. I mean, the Chinese have been a dominant culture for like 20,000 years (+/- a few thousand). But for the point of this silly post, I am trying to say that those European (well Russia does kind of take up most of Asia, so whatever) nations have been in the thick of things for awhile now. Hell, look at Germany. It did not become a nation until 1871.
Wait, what was I talking about? Oh right, Scotland. It would have been interesting to see history happen, the final nail in the coffin of the British Empire. As a kid I was able to witness the collapse of the USSR, which resulted in the world getting Russia back. I know, it was kind of scary for those years without Russia. I want to see something like that happen again. I want to be able to say to my kids “well back in the olden days, England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Island were joined together, much like Voltron, to form a powerful country. Now they are just a bunch of small little micro-countries pretending to be world powers.”
Come to think of it, maybe that is what the world needs. Instead of these large nations full of people who hate each other. What if we just allowed them all to split apart and become tiny nations? Oh shit, the Onion already made that joke? Damn it!
Anyways, before I put everyone, myself included to sleep, what I am trying to say is: Yay for the U.K.!!!!
Please realize that the majority of this was meant to be funny and not entirely historically accurate. I am also not trying to offend anyone. Minus the Welsh. Feel free to be offended you Welsh bastards.