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Sowing the secedes of discontent....

Our local paper fanned some 150-year old flames today over a secession controversy that only a handful of people care about. Meanwhile, there has been virtually no coverage in this country over a real secession controversy which, just over two months from now, may have major implications on Western democracies and economies.

Let's begin with what you're NOT hearing about:

On September 18th, the British subjects of Scotland will vote on whether to become an independent nation from their neighbours to the south. If they succeed and secede, it will end a Union which began in 1706, 70 years (give or take a war or two) before our own Most Perfect One:

The Union flag—featured on everything from tacky souvenirs and Spice Girls attire, to the top of the flagpole on Buckingham Palace and in the design of national flags the world over—could lose its signature blue background and diagonal white cross if Scotland votes to become an independent country in its referendum on Sept. 18.

Those aspects of one of the world’s most recognizable flags come from the cross of St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland.

When Scotland and England were united in 1706, the Scottish cross was combined with the red St. George’s cross to create the Union flag, more commonly called the Union Jack. The flag was altered in 1801 to add the St. Patrick's cross of Ireland.

If Scotland leaves the United Kingdom, many experts argue, the features it brought to the Union Jack will have to go too.

There are obviously more significant aspects to this than kitschy tourist items. Controversy exists over whether the Scots will be able to retain use of the British pound, or will be admitted as members of the EU. These still-unknown answers could have great significance well beyond Land's End and John o'Groats. Yet there has been barely a whisper in US media about this election or its consequences. Or even of those laying beyond it.

Because if Scotland falls from the Empire, will Wales be far behind? And what would THAT do to the enduring legacy of the Doctor? ("You know they film in Cardiff?")


Of far lesser significance, but of local note, is an upcoming attempt to highlight a strange local aspect of secessionism:

Many local historians know the story about Town Line – how residents of the hamlet on the Lancaster-Alden town line voted 80 to 45 to secede from the United States in 1861, and how it did not vote to rejoin the Union for another 85 years.

An historical marker mounted on a boulder in front of Town Line Lutheran Church in Alden tells that story. It was placed there by the Alden Historical Society and paid with donations from community members, as a curious local footnote to the Civil War.

But now it seems a small rift has popped up within the hamlet, which has a population of about 2,000.

 Another plaque is scheduled to be placed next month on Town Line Road, about 100 yards away from the first one, telling the same story. This marker is funded by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Order of the Southern Cross and United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Even though a local couple helped plan the new plaque and dedication, some locals are uncomfortable. It is not a major rift, but still, it waits to be seen how many locals will be present when the plaque is dedicated the weekend of July 26-27.

There are times when I wonder whether the Union actually DID, in the long run, win the War of Northern Aggression. Sure, we got a nice surrender party and a Reconstruction Era, but de facto enslavement of southern blacks continued well into my lifetime, only to be supplanted at the end of the 1960s by the Republican "Southern Strategy" that demonized and demoralized those same slave descendants.  Having Confederate veterans' groups running around, 150 years after they "lost," makes me wonder if they really did.

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thanatos_kalos From: thanatos_kalos Date: June 29th, 2014 09:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Because if Scotland falls from the Empire, will Wales be far behind?

Not necessarily. This is a very difficult socio-cultural and political question, as Welsh independence has always been more concerned with culture (esp language) than political power. I talk about it a bit in my diss, if you want to read about it.
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