This 13-Word Paper Ballot Will Decide Scotland's Future

A simple "yes" or "no" will suffice.

September 18, 2014, 1:30 PM

— -- The Scots wasted no words when they settled on language for the ballot used to determine whether they'll break away from the United Kingdom: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

"Vote (X) only once," the white-paper referendum reads. Yes or No. That's it: 13 words in total.

Such simplicity belies the potentially complex future that awaits Scotland if a simple majority of its citizens decides they want to strike out on their own, which could be thousands of pen marks away from reality.

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