LYONESSE – One month since a failed, divisive, referendum on its future, the Principality of Scotia has reiterated its goal of independence from Scotland and launched a wide-ranging public consultation.
Questions regarding the micronation’s continuance began following the August 6th vote in which 49% of the population voted for autonomy within Scotland, while 48% desired preparing for full independence. A further 2% wanted full integration with Scotland. The referendum was declared a failure, as neither side reached a majority, causing the government to fall. The Sovereign Prince, Charles II, decided that Scotia would continue to work toward full sovereignty, spurred by the acquisition of an island in Scotland to support the building of a physical community.
The island, according to the Prince, is the first step toward fulfilling his vision for Scotia. “As we now have an island, the next 3-4 years will be very important to us in setting our foundations, solidifying our identity and preparing ourselves to declare independence as a fully sustainable nation,” he said in prepared remarks introducing a public consultation. At 27 sq. m., the island, the location of which has not been publicly announced, is reported to have a current population of 20, a range of existing community infrastructure, as well as a variety of livestock and agricultural foodstuffs.
The survey-based public consultation is comprehensive, seeking input from all interested individuals on a broad range of topics, from matters as small as choosing a national animal to more fundamental ones, such as revenue generation and the structure of the Royal Family. The consultation also seeks input on setting Scotia’s priorities ahead of any declaration of independence.
One such priority will be the formation of a stable government in the wake of the referendum. A month later, Scotia continues to lack a Prime Minister and National Council, despite pleas on its Twitter feed for citizens to come forward. It is unclear when or if a functional government will take office.
What is clear is that the decision to continue toward full independence, contrary to the will of 51% of the voting population who favoured some form of integration with Scotland, has set a difficult path ahead for Scotia.