Thursday, July 6, 2017

"A map of Europe’s separatist movements"

A quick note on this map: It was originally published in December 2014 and since then some things have changed.
For example, the Shetlands have declared themselves free of Scottish oppression while the Faroese independence movement has reconsidered Denmark as sovereign and is exploring confederation with the Balearics to facilitate seasonal vacation rentals and timeshares.

From Voxeurop:
A design firm has imagined what Europe would look like if all its separatist and nationalist movements would succeed. The result is a Europe more fragmented than ever.

There have always been separatists and independence movements in Europe, but they seem to have gained momentum lately. In the past few days Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon announced she was willing to organise a new referendum on Scotland’s independence from the United Kingdom. The former president of Catalonia, Artur Mas, has been recently condemned for organising a popular consultation on his region’s independence in 2014 that was not recognised by the Spanish government.

A couple of years ago the Austrian-Dutch architecture and design firm TD pictured for Mark Magazine what would Europe like if every separatist movement should succeed in its struggle. According to this scenario only a handful of countries would be unscathed, with the rest split in two or more entities relating to linguistic or regional boundaries....MORE
Here's Wikipedia's list of the various movements. The discussion of the islands in the introduction was "fāke " or, in the words of Sheldon Cooper "A big fat whopper".