The aim of this article is to visit some of the issues concerning self control and how the world reacts when people go in search of what they see as "freedom". We must understand that being recognized as legitimate by other governments is one of the first hurdles newly formed groups face. After that consider operating and running a government is expensive and requires a bit of experience. This area of expertise is also a major stumbling block to long term success. The leaders of change or a revolution often do not possess the skills to progress through this next level. Issues like corruption are not guaranteed to vanish with regime change.
In June of 2013 I wrote an article about Scotland and the issues
involved in its leaving the UK. I pointed out that such an event in the not too distant future
may effect the British currency when voters in Scotland will be given
the choice of separating from the UK and opting for independence in a referendum. What a independent Scotland might
do about a currency is still up in the air. Another issue is whether the newly formed independent country would depart "Scot free" or would inherit part of the massive national debt owed by the UK. To clarify, in our modern world setting up your own independent nation is a formidable and complicated endeavor.
Another problem and question I tried to highlight is that if the UK Government is agreeable to allowing Scotland to go their merry way will Wales and Northern Ireland be inspired to move towards independence? I
also noted this might encourage similar movements in Catalonia, Belgium,
Northern League in Italy, Basques, Cornish, and among the Poles. Lots
of problems could develop. As you may know Venice and the area around the city recently voted to separate from Italy. The article about Scotland can be found below.
What is happening in Ukraine and the unrest in many areas in the world brings into focus the many conflicts that develop when a region decides to change governments often outside the recognized democratic system of voting. In some cases even after an overwhelming vote such as in Crimea the whole process is called into question. Unfortunately the American civil war did not resolve the issue of succession forever and definitely was not a template for a solution that should be used in countries across the planet. Bottom-line many in politics are slow to give up control and this will not change.
What we are talking about comes down to governance and a peoples right to choose under whose rule they want to live. Sometimes it is about one group of people forcing their will upon another. Ethnic pride, taxation, persecution, and sometimes simply the desire for more autonomy lead the move towards independence. While smaller countries have some benefits they often muck up the works and result in expensive bureaucratic duplication. It is difficult for a small country to function in our modern world and meet all the legal benchmarks required by their larger brethren. Currency, passports and documentation, conflicts in laws with other countries, and many other problems quickly surface.
Borders are a creation of man and not visible to the birds flying above. Much bloodshed and many wars could be avoided if the issues of regime
change or borders could be handled in a more rational and constructive way,
but do not expect this to happen. Borders and political control is a
problem that haunts man since before the written word. Recently
President Obama and other officials have talked about the legal sanctity
of sovereign borders, but in reality this is an argument of
convenience masking deeper issues. When it comes down to it we are just pawns in this sad power game. If you doubt this just ask some of the many people displaced from their homes in Syria.
Footnote; As always your comments are welcome and
encouraged. I also urge you to visit the archives for other articles or topics that might interest you.