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The United Kingdom - A Federalist Proposal by HouseOfHesse The United Kingdom - A Federalist Proposal by HouseOfHesse
Brief departure from my current series on European Federalism to bring you some British Federalism instead!
In the wake of the Scottish independence referendum, which I believe will fail (albeit narrowly), it is clear that the current political structure of the UK is no longer sufficient. With support for an independence referendum on the increase in Wales, and calls for devolved Cornish and English assemblies, I believe the answer to the devolution crisis in the UK lies in a federal system. I propose (initially) dividing the UK into 6 states, with powers similar to those of Scotland's 'devo-max' proposal, whilst retaining the national parliament in Westminster and the monarchy. 4 of the 6 proposed states already have a great deal of regional autonomy (if one includes the London assembly), making such a reform relatively easy to implicate. Introducing a federal system to the UK would resolve a great deal of issues, not just the calls for independence from Wales and Scotland, but the West Lothian question (whether British citizens outside of England should get to vote on issues affecting only England), and the growing economic distance between London and the rest of the UK. Similarly, a federal system would also open the doors to the admission of new states outside of the UK, such as the Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, and Gibraltar, as their relationship with the UK and EU are increasingly questioned. A federal system would also provide for an easy transfer of Northern Ireland, as giving the region greater powers would allow for it to form agreements with the Irish Republic at its own pace, rather than having to rely on Westminster to act on its behalf. Furthermore, such a system also holds the potential to see Ireland admitted as a state, should it be desired, providing an alternative solution to the Northern Ireland issue (albeit, not one that I'd advocate). As England would be by far the most populous state, I have included a proposal to further divide England into 7 states to provide better representation of regional issues, which would potentially bring the total number of states to 12. I chose Birmingham as the seat for the English parliament, owing to it frequently being called England's 'second city', though I realise Manchester and other historic capitals, such as Winchester, are equally valid proposals.
Whilst I am not a patriot by any stretch of the imagination, I believe a federal system the best way to preserve the integrity of the union, which is incredibly important for historical and cultural regions, whilst addressing the many shortcomings of the current method of devolution.
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WhippetWild Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep I see another appearance of Super Cornwall
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Duke-Nidhoggr Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why is Devon part of Cornwall?
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WhippetWild Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it is called "Super Cornwall"
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Kraut007 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Interesting thoughts.
So as I understand, the English regions have very few authority, unlike the Scotish council areas?
Sounds different from my German homeland, which has a federal system, based on the late unification in 1871. 
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/States_o…
Dunno if that kind of system or something similar would work for the UK. 
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HouseOfHesse Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou!
That is indeed true, Scottish councils have slightly more autonomy than English (and Welsh) counties, but it still doesn't amount to a great deal.
A federal system as seen in Germany is exactly the type of system I'd advocate, you're quite right! It would have been foolish for Germany to try to have included both Lower Saxony and Bavaria in a unitary state as the cultures are so profoundly different, and this is true of the UK also. The current system of devolution fails to adequately address the needs of the different regions of the UK, and the success of the German example of federalism is a perfect example of how to address this issue. 
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Kraut007 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Our system has it´s merits and flaws.
For example, each German state has it´s own educational policy, which makes it really messy when you have to move between states and change schools.
On the other hand, the state governments acted pretty fast and efficient during several flood disasters, because they didn´t had to ask the federal government for everything. Or how theatres, museums, universities and tourist attractions are owned by their respective states. 
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lonn7 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
That's the flag of the City of London only, not Greater London.

This is the flag of Greater London: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia…
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HouseOfHesse Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had a little bit of an internal debate about which flag to use because while the Greater London flag is a better representation of the London area, I preferred the City of London flag a) for the historical connotations associated with it, and b) because it makes it seem more like a city-state type thing, if you get what I mean? I just felt it better represented what I wanted the city's role in the federation to be - that is a city, not a 'region' per se. That was badly explained, but I hope you get my drift!
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menapia Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Great map, what about using the old regional English names? Wessex, Northumbria the names of the old heptarchy might make it all sound more organic
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HouseOfHesse Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a really good idea! I'd definitely be happy if that happened!
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