Most Americans don't seem to understand why Scotland's independence from the United Kingdom (UK) is such a big deal. It is and, it will have a far reaching impact on the survival of the European Union (EU).
Arguably, beyond the pure advantages of having an economic cooperative between European countries, the glue that really holds the European Union together is the preponderance of like-minded liberal politics; with the only conservative and economic elephant in the room being Germany. For the political stability of the EU, Germany's economic influence and conservative politics has always been countered by the economic power and political influence of a predominately liberal United Kingdom. This is where the small country of Scotland comes in.
Scotland is very politically liberal; and, is primarily responsible for maintaining liberalism in the U.K. If it cedes from the United Kingdom, their dominant liberal voting will be gone and conservatism is sure to seep into the UK's political landscape and, suddenly, the EU could find itself with its two dominant partners, England and Germany, being conservative; meaning that the policy making within the European Union could also turn decidedly conservative. This will not sit well the remainder of the EU countries who seek to maintain a liberal agenda. Thus, Scotland's departure could force others to leave in order to protect their own internal need for a European Union that is steeped in liberal politics.
Scots independence battle reaches fever pitch on streets and screens: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/14/us-scotland-independence-idUSKBN0H60MG20140914
If the Scots Gain Independence, Expect a More Conservative U.K.: http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/08/if-the-scots-gain-independence-expect-a-more-conservative-u-k/