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Learning Goal: I’m working on a writing discussion question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.GEA2000 World Regional Geography Assignment 3: Scottish Highlands? More like Scottish Bye-lands Many people suggest that globalization will move the world toward political unity, so that only a few large, diverse countries will exist. While that could be one potential outcome, there is evidence to suggest that the opposite is happening. In fact, many countries are struggling to keep diverse populations united as a single state. In this assignment, we are going to explore the notions of autonomy and secessionist movements by looking at the case of Scotland. Please answer all questions in a new word document or pdf (any other file type will receive 0) and submit them to Canvas. The following articles will be helpful resources when answering the questions: Background (Also, available as a pdf on Canvas) https://www.bloomberg.com/quicktake/scotlands-independence-bid Article about oil https://www.theguardian.com/politics/reality-check-with-polly-curtis/2012/mar/02/oil-revenues-if-scotland-became-independent Article about oil https://www.channel4.com/news/factcheck/factcheck-has-scotland-subsidised-the-rest-of-the-uk Brexit and Scotland https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/09/21/brexit-break-britain-scotland-independence/ Scotland and the EU https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/brexit-news/what-comes-after-an-snp-election-win-6446920 Using information from lecture, the links, and any other sources you want to bring in (remember to cite these), answer the following questions. Questions In a few sentences describe the difference between autonomy and secessionist movements. Give one example of autonomy in Scotland. Give one example of a secessionist movement in Scotland.
Autonomy and secessionist movements are often generated because of unequal relationships. Briefly explain how the presence of nature gas and oil reserves in Scotland has created unequal relationships. Are these reserves enough to sustain an independent Scotland? Explain.
Brexit was the dramatic decision taken by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. Briefly explain how Brexit has changed autonomy and secessionist movements in Scotland. If Scotland becomes an independent country, briefly describe the process it must go through in order to join the European Union.
Some people worry that granting independence to a place like Scotland could inspire other places to fight for independence. Define the term balkanization. Is there evidence of balkanization in the United Kingdom? Explain.
Finally, it is inevitable that Scotland will hold another referendum on independence. In fact, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made it part of her political platform. If you were a Scot, how would you vote? Explain.
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