New Zealand is a small country with a huge coastline. It has a population of 4.5 million. It has a topography similar to Scotland, lots of mountains and glens. It rains a lot. Some places are named after Scottish towns, such as Dunedin after Edinburgh.
It was once ruled by Westminster.
It has a small army but no fighter jets and no submarines. It has no aircraft carriers. Nuclear weapons are banned from its land and nuclear carrying vessels banned from its waters. It has yet to be invaded, unless you categorise Maoris as non-indigenous.
Unlike Scotland with its near neighbours in Europe and the Nordic countries, its markets are 12,000 kilometres away over vast oceans. Yet the cost of living is not high, medical care free or private, pensions paid on time. It supports a welfare state.
New Zealand does not have oil or gas in substantial quantity.
It is a “primary” producer, mainly dairy products and wool. Like Scotland, it has a lot of sheep. Tourism brings about 25% of it income. Tourists arrive to photograph cities and visit the mountains. Once upon a time its sole export market was the “mother land,” the United Kingdom. Overnight, and against New Zealand’s vociferous protests, Westminster decided it wanted to switch to European produce. It dumped New Zealand.
New Zealand survived and prospered.
In statistics supplied by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development, (OECD), on GDP per capita, it ranked only three places under the United Kingdom, seventeenth. Life expectancy is an average of 80.2 years, longer than the south of England.
And as everybody knows by now, it has a flourishing film industry that brings notice of its dramatic land and its culture to the world, powerful enough to get Hollywood studios to agree to its contractual conditions.
Simply put, it’s a small two-island country, apparently unable to protect itself, a supposed bunch of farmers sheering sheep and milking cows. Therefore, following from the illogical, brutal arguments thrown at Scotland by the Better Together brigade to keep Scotland ignorant and docile, New Zealand cannot exist as an autonomous state.
But it does.
It does exist. It exists very well indeed.