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E-Book: How to Start a New Country: A Practical Guide for Scotland


Electronic version of the book. No payment necessary but donations at checkout are always greatly appreciated.


The purpose of this work is to explore the practical steps that Scotland would have to take if it wanted to become an independent country. The book’s starting point is the day after the referendum at which a majority of Scotland have voted for independence and it ends three years later with Independence Day.

Based predominantly on Common Weal’s 18 month long White Paper Project, the book explores how Scotland would build its new systems and infrastructure, how it would pay for it all and how much it would cost.

An independent Scotland should aim to establish itself as a 21st century nation. It is an excellent opportunity to design the country not as an adaptation of the 19th century nation but as one which is rooted in modernity.

To download your free electronic version of this book, add this item to your basket and go through checkout. This is a free item, but donations are always welcome. Your download will begin automatically after checkout. The downloaded file is a “.zip” file; a compressed archive compatible with most operating systems. Within it, you can find this book in the following formats:

  • PDF = Pre-formatted document widely compatible with most computers. This is not formatted as a swappable ebook, but is very useful for customised viewing.
  • EPUB = generic ebook compatible with MAC, PC and most mobile devices
  • MOBI = kindle ebook for amazon kindle devices

Usually, double clicking will be all you need to do to de-compress it and access your book. You might need to do this from a computer if your mobile device does not support .Zip files. Or if you prefer, drop us a message at shop@common.scot and request your preferred file format and we’ll email it to you as soon as we can.


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