I guess as a Scot people will take it for granted that I am watching the now almost certain 2014 referendum on Scots independence. However I always look a step or two on. I have come across a few interesting things that actually fir in with questions why we are in France.
OK, I am for ending the 300 and a bit years of Scotland in the UK. Historically it was the will of a minority with vested interests but never the majority and now their participation in a vote may take the first steps toward the end of the Union. It is, however, interesting other successionists. There are already things being written in online and printed media on the separation of Belgium into Flanders and Wallonia, Bavaria separating from the rest of Germany, Lombardia has long campaigned to separate from Italy anyway and now here comes France. The Corsicans are naturally first in line, with the Bretons close behind. I found an interesting thing on the Piedmontese still having a line of accession should they ever be able to get back out of France. I went looking for Occitan, which I was surprised not to find, but blow me down if I did not find the descendants of the last royal house of Aquitaine who are related to the Spanish king saying they would be ready to return to an independent kingdom!
What an interesting time to live in. There are good linguistic, ethnic and cultural arguments in most cases and the majority who did not count in the past, but do now, have it in their hands. I wish I was a wee bit younger to see what happens. Imagine no longer living in the France we know today but in Bretagne, Aquitaine, Piedmont and any other devolved and independent part of what is France today and what would be left?