How did it end up like this?

Scotland is unlikely to enjoy the economic and cultural boom that First Minister Alex Salmond predicts.

Scottish Government Photo
First Minister Alex Salmond, Scotland's political leader, on Oct. 15, 2012 when an accord was signed allowing for a referendum.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 09/17/2014 12:00 am EDT

If the Scots vote “yes” to independence on Sept. 18, as one opinion poll now suggests they will, three things are likely to happen in the following week.

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