Unless you've been living under a rock, today is the day that Scotland heads to the polls to decide on their independence. Around the world, there are cultural groups that feel that their state does not serve them well; there are struggles for self-determination around the globe. In Europe alone, the Basques and the Catalans both have movements for self-determination. In the case of both of these groups, there is a long, complicated history with the overarching entities of France and Spain, and both possess unique cultural identities compared to the larger states they are ostensibly a part of. The areas in which the Basque live are divided between two countries, and is recognized as an autonomous area by Spain. In North America, Quebec has pushed for self-determination, and I suppose the Canadians here have more to say on that topic than I do. My particular part of the country is alternatively represented by this flag: and has a history of secessionist movements (Cascadia Now!). Tangentially from secession from the Union, there are states out West that have considered dividing (Jefferson (proposed Pacific state) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Six Californias - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia). Areas around the world that have struggled or been successful with self-determination include, but are not limited to, those mentioned above and the following: Australia, Biafra in Nigeria, Canada, Chechnya, the Falklands, Gibraltar, Kashmir, Kurdistan, the United States, etc. Going back to Scotland, I think they have some very good reasons for desiring independence from the United Kingdom. The fact is, they have not been served well as a country by their government. Scotland generates a lot of oil revenue, but at the same time, has been devastated by poverty (BBC News - Scottish independence: 820,000 Scots 'living in poverty'). An estimated 1 in 5 children are living in poverty in Scotland. I can understand the desire to control their own pursestrings, considering their potential GDP. I am extremely interested to see where this goes today. How do you feel about self-determination? About Scotland? About other areas of the world?