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A1: Numerous reliable sources support the view that Scotland is a country—see for example the article entitled Countries of the United Kingdom, and a table of references at Talk:Countries of the United Kingdom/refs. This view is shared with other reputable encyclopedias. There has been a long-standing consensus to describe Scotland in this way.
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A2: Widespread confusion surrounds the use of the word "nation". In standard British English, and in academic language, a nation is defined as a social group and not a division of land. This is also the approach taken in the article entitled nation, across Wikipedia and in other major encyclopedias (for example, the Scottish people and the Québécois are described as "nations"). The term Home Nations is generally used only in sporting contexts. It is not used in major reputable sources outside of sport.
A3: There have been extremely complex discussion about these matters. The Royal Standard of Scotland (commonly referred to as the "Lion Rampant") was used by the King of Scots until 1603. Today, its correct use is restricted to official representatives of The Monarch. The blue and white Saltire is the flag of Scotland and is widely used by national and local government offices and in numerous other less official capacities. As with other issues described here this outcome is to some extent a compromise solution that seems to suit all parties in that it identifies symbols of Scotland as an entity in its own right, whilst also emphasising the importance of the relationship with the United Kingdom.
A4: There is no official Scottish national anthem. Although there is no doubt that Flower of Scotland is currently amongst the most popular unofficial national anthems in Scotland, it is not the only one, nor even the longest established.
A5: Scots is spoken by 30% of the Scottish population (approximately 1.5 million individuals) according to the 1996 estimate of the General Register Office for Scotland. It is recognised by the European Union's European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. By contrast, Scottish English is a variation of standard British English. Whilst the distinction is by no means clear cut, Wikipedia policy permits the use of Scottish English words and phrases where appropriate. Scots, on the other hand, has its own site: see the Scots Wikipedia.
A7: See the article entitled "Terminology of the British Isles". Great Britain is the name of the largest island that the UK encompasses, and is not generally used in source material as the name of the sovereign state.
A8: This view is supported by some sources, but the current consensus amongst the editing community is aligned to a greater body of work which describes both Northern Ireland and Wales as countries. However, the terms are not all mutually exclusive: a country can also be a principality or a province, and these terms are mentioned throughout Wikipedia as alternative names in afternotes.
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Sorry I tried to update the population figure but I mucked it up. Here's the new figure and the reference. 5,295,000 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-20754750
Updating the Economy figures
The economic data in this article is for 2012. I wondered why it had not been updated. So I followed the link to the Economy section of the Scottish Government website (External Links section of this article.) The most significant data on the Scottish Government web site (I ended up at the section called "Input Output Data" which I take to mean imports and exports) is available only until 2012. Although there is some other data for some more recent information, including for First Quarter of 2016, the relevant global economic data has not been updated by the Scottish Government.
Perhaps the article could include a note relating to the economy that 2012 is the last year for which the Scottish Government has published suitable data.
(I did follow the guidelines and do a search for other posts on the economy before writing this new section. Nothing relevant came up.)
- Up-to-date data regarding the performance of the Scottish economy (2014-15-16) can be obtained from multiple sources including UK government websites, Scottish Government websites, the IFS, the ITEM Club and the University of Strathclyde. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 18:18, 2 August 2016 (UTC)
outrageously biased introduction
the introduction of this article is outrageous. it was clearly written by scottish separatists to push their separatist agenda. Some of the wording in the introduction is shocking, from sentences about the EU referendum ignoring the fact it was a UK wide vote, and to suggestions of statehood based on the monarchys use of flags and titles.
This article is utterly pathetic in its current form and pushing an SNP political agenda. It is not worthy of a good article status. How do i complain about this article to request the good status be reviewed because this article has certainly been vandalised by people with an agenda. Bakkana (talk) 15:01, 22 July 2016 (UTC)
- 1. Please WP:AGF. 2. I have removed that content from the lead, but not for the reason you give. At this point, the possibility of a second independence referendum is still theoretical (if not "highly likely") rather than real (i.e. legislated for). The UK voting to leave (and Scotland voting to remain) the EU is a significant constitutional change though, so it deserves mentioning in the relevant section. Jmorrison230582 (talk) 15:57, 22 July 2016 (UTC)