London has held the responsibility for the defense of the British Isles since the Act of Union in 1707, but if Scots opt for independence on Sept. 18, 2014, that will come to an end, and Scotland will assume responsibility for its own defense. The Scottish National Party (SNP) has published a white paper that outlines Scotland's independent armed forces as well as its membership in NATO and the European Union. Some critics describe the document as little more than a wish list, though, ...


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