In some cases, the referendum in Scotland is fueling new hopes, however improbable, among separatist fringe groups. When the president of the Texas Nationalist Movement, Daniel Miller, was invited to the University of Stirling in Scotland this year, he said the Scots were paving the way for an independent Texas. In others, the vote is re-energizing debates with considerable geopolitical importance.
In Taiwan, which China claims as part of its territory even though Taiwan is effectively independent with its own currency, military and democratically elected government, some hope a Scottish “yes” vote could prompt a more careful deliberation over the island’s future.
Those "damn Scotsmen" are always just wanting to be left alone:Wang Dan, a student leader in the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, wrote in a recent column for Taiwan’s Apple Daily, “If the Scottish vote succeeds, it will be worth considering by those who advocate deciding Taiwan’s status through a referendum.”
The first shot fired in the American Wars of Independence is said to have been from a Scottish Doune pistol.Indeed it does, indeed it does.
It is thought that as many as twenty one, maybe more, of the men who signed the American Declaration of Independence had Scottish blood. Two of the signatories, John Witherspoon (the only clergyman to sign) and James Wilson were both born in Scotland. Among the signatories who had Scottish forebears were, Thomas Jefferson,Thomas McKean, Francis Lewis, Phillip Livingstone, George Ross and Benjamin Rush.
(Thomas) Woodrow Wilson 1856 - 1924, twenty eighth president of the United States once said - "Every line of strength in American history is a line coloured with Scottish blood."
Kind of makes you proud doesn't it.