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Scotland vs. Long Island: What would they be like independent?

While the world waits to see if Scotland will vote to declare its independence from the United Kingdom, Long Islanders may remember similar calls for secession. As recently as 2009, there were organized political efforts to make Long Island its own state. Here, we take a look at how these hypothetically independent entities would match up.

The basics

Scotland covers a land area of 30,414 square
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Scotland covers a land area of 30,414 square miles, has more than 6,000 miles of coastline and 5.2 million people.

Long Island is 1,198 square miles, with about 1,100 miles of coastline and 2.9 million people.

Most populated city

Scotland: Edinburgh, with a population of 592,820 Long
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Scotland: Edinburgh, with a population of 592,820

Long Island: The Town of Hempstead, with a population of 759,757 at the last Census

Fun drinking fact

Scotland: Scotch can only be made in Scotland,
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Scotland: Scotch can only be made in Scotland, otherwise it's just Whiskey. And if it is Scotch Whisky, it's spelled without an 'e.'

Long Island: In 1973, the Long Island Wine Region had 17 acres of vineyards. In 2004, that number was approximately 3,000.

Favorite celebrity

Scotland: Sean Connery. He brought the Scottish accent
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Scotland: Sean Connery. He brought the Scottish accent to popular culture.

Long Island: Billy Joel. No explanation needed.

Celebrity whom natives wouldn't mind trading

Scotland: J.K Rowling. She may have garnered national
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Scotland: J.K Rowling. She may have garnered national acclaim with Harry Potter, but she was outspoken against the Yes campaign.

Lindsay Lohan: It's a love-hate relationship.

Famous vacationers

Scotland: Queen Elizabeth spends a few months each
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Scotland: Queen Elizabeth spends a few months each summer at Balmoral Castle and a week every year at Holyrood Palace, the monarch's official residence in Edinburgh.

Long Island: Heard of the Hamptons? Take your pick of celebrities who play there, but if we’re comparing world leaders, let’s not forget the Clintons vacation there every summer.

Representation in national government

Scotland: In 2013, Scotland had 52 Members of
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Scotland: In 2013, Scotland had 52 Members of Parliament in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament. There is also a Scottish Parliament but it lacks authority over certain areas, including health, education and housing.

Long Island: Five members of Congress represent parts of Long Island.

National animal

Scotland: Unicorn. It's not a real animal, that's
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Scotland: Unicorn. It's not a real animal, that's true, but it does represent the country in the UK's royal coat of arms.

Long Island: Duck. A rich history in duck farming is honored with a giant duck monument.

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