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    Thereís now less then 3 months until the Scots decide if they wish to remain part of the United Kingdom.
    While itís true that it is a purely an internal UK affaire, a yes vote will have ramification beyond their own borders.
    In a conversation with a chap who makes his home in the Orkneys Isles, I was made aware that there is a rising sentiment; not only in the Orkneys but also the Shetland Isles and the Western Isles, for a reevaluation of their inclusion in an independent Scotland.
    A number of models have been proposed:
    - remain in the UK,
    - seek a looser federation with Scotland;
    - and this one floored me, seek some form for association with Norway.
    This brings back memories of the last time the pro-Independence movement back in Quebec were pushing hard for secession. Until the representatives for the 1st Nation Peoples, (who have land claims for a large percentage of the prime real estate in the province) their opposition to secession. It did take some of the wind out of hype.
    It does make one wonder if the pro-secessionist in Scotland realize the can of worms they are opening if The Isles do secede. Territorial waters, oil drilling and exploitation rights, fishing rights etc.
    When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow. - Anais Nin