This is a work of fiction created for the Twilight 2000 Role Playing Game. Original material © Dave Ross


The Republic of Scotland

“Those days are past now
And in the past they must remain
But we can still rise now
And be the nation again!
That stood against him
Proud Edward's army
And sent him homeward
To think again.”

“Flower of Scotland”, by Roy Williamson

The Republic of Scotland formally came into being on the 24th of June 1999 when Alex Stewart, the leader of the Scottish National Party and Westminster Member of Parliament for the town Perth, formally declared Scotland’s independence from the United Kingdom in the shadow of the Wallace Monument, a 67 metre tower erected just outside the town of Stirling to commemorate Scottish patriot William Wallace (the date was a significant one in Scotland, marking the anniversary of the battle of Bannockburn, a battle that took place just south of Stirling in 1314 when the Scots, led by Robert the Bruce, won a decisive victory against the English Army led by King Edward II).  

The Republic is governed by the National Emergency Committee (NEC), a group of seven men and women, who are based at Perth Academy, a pre War High School. The NEC’s Chairman is Alex Stewart. On the 01st of January 2000 he adopted the title of First Minister of Scotland and announced plans to draw up a boundary map that would split the area under the NEC’s control into districts; each district would then hold elections to send a representative to Perth, where a Scottish Parliament would be formed.  By the end of May practically no progress had been made towards establishing a Parliament; the boundary maps were being constantly redrawn and no attempt had been made to start any sort of election process. The NEC has its own security team, which is separate from the Scottish Army. Some forty strong, it is responsible for the security of Perth Academy as well as the personal security of the members of the NEC and consists mostly of civilian police officers, who have received some training from French "advisors". They have also been armed and equipped by the French, and each man carries an MP5 submachine gun and a sidearm.

Whilst Stewart claimed control of all of Scotland in his declaration, the area that the fledgling Republic claims is limited to a swathe of territory in central Scotland centred on the towns of Stirling and Perth. Both towns have significant militia forces built around a core of Scottish Territorial Army units who refused orders to move to northern England at the end of 1998, and this has ensured that conditions within the Republic’s borders have remained relatively stable – the area contains a number of farms that provide enough food to allow the Republic’s leadership to start stockpiling a small surplus; roads and bridges have been kept in good condition and the Scottish forces carry out regular patrols using both vehicles and, increasingly, horses, deterring marauders and allowing a healthy barter trade to exist between the various towns and villages. Perth Royal Infirmary remains open and well supplied by post war standards, while a number of camps have been established to house refugees who entered the area during 1998 and 1999. Conditions in these camps, whilst rudimentary, are considerably better than they are in many other parts of the United Kingdom, with able bodied men and women recruited from them to work on the farms and on various construction projects, for which they are paid in food. A number of both men and women have also been recruited into the Republic's fledgling armed forces.

Much of the rest of the country remains in anarchy - the Cities of Aberdeen, Dundee, and Glasgow were all subjected to nuclear attack, and large parts of the country, including the pre War Capital of Edinburgh are largely under the control of various marauder groups and local strongmen. In the Highlands several towns have banded together to form an organised alliance known as the Highland Coalition, which has its capital at Inverness.

Stewart and his colleagues on the NEC have made expanding the area that they control a top priority, but they are well aware that any move north must eventually lead to contact with the Highland Coalition. Stewart has made several overtures to the Highlanders’ leadership in Inverness in an attempt to persuade them to join his Republic, but so far these efforts have failed, although the SNP does have a number of sympathisers throughout the Highlands. More ominously for the Separatists however is the fact that the remnants of His Majesty’s Armed Forces in Scotland are also based near Inverness and have remained loyal to the Crown, and Stewart knows that any attempt to move north will eventually bring him into contact – and, potentially, conflict – with them.

Therefore in the short term they have set their sights on securing the area to the south of Stirling, which includes several of the surviving industrial facilities in the central belt. Much of these areas are in total anarchy however, and the Republic’s armed forces currently lack the manpower to forcibly overthrow the various marauder groups and local strongmen that currently hold sway. Stewart is also very keen to take control Edinburgh, believing that controlling the nation’s pre War capital would greatly enhance his claim to be the leader of all of Scotland.

An Auld Alliance Renewed [1]

The French have been actively cooperating with the Republic of Scotland since the late summer of 1999 when DGSE officers made contact with the Republic’s leadership. French support for the Scots is part of the French Government’s unstated policy of keeping His Majesty’s Government destabilised for as long as possible, thus ensuring that a resurgent Britain cannot challenge French ambitions on mainland Europe and elsewhere. The French do not wish to be drawn into open conflict with the British however, so have taken great pains to ensure that their support for the Scots remains clandestine. Currently the French maintain a low key diplomatic mission in Perth, staffed by a dozen personnel of whom four are DGSE officers who control a number of locally recruited agents throughout Scotland and northern England. A small number of French aid workers also work in the area controlled by the Republic of Scotland under the auspices of Médecins Sans Frontières. Several of these aid workers are on the payroll of the DGSE. On rare occasions French aircraft fly into Perth Airport, a small airport four miles from the town which served as a general aviation and training facility before the War. Carrying supplies for the Scots, and, occasionally, passengers, these flights are usually operated by unmarked aircraft under cover of darkness.

[1] The Auld Alliance (Vieille Alliance in French) was a term used to refer the alliance between the Kingdoms of Scotland and France that existed between 1295 and 1560. An early mutual defence pact, the terms of the alliance stipulated that if either country was attacked by England the other country would invade English territory.

The Scottish Army

The Republic of Scotland’s armed forces are currently some 1400 strong. Approximately half of its strength is made up of former members of the British Territorial Army or Home Service Force who defected to the Separatist Government en masse after refusing orders to move from central Scotland to north east England in late 1998 (a key factor in their defection was the fact that many of the troops were from the central Scotland area and were unwilling to abandon their families; a small number of troops remained loyal to HMG; in early 1999 they made their way to Catterick in a convoy, reinforcing the garrison there, although a number turned marauder en route).

The other half of the Scottish Army is made up of volunteers who were recruited during late 1999 and early 2000. Whilst some of these volunteers were civilian police officers or seventeen and eighteen year old members of former members of the Army Cadet Force (notable in this group were senior pupils from the Queen Victoria School at Dunblane near Stirling, a boarding school for the children of military families), the majority had little or no previous military experience, and integrating them with the more experienced Territorials and Home Service troops has been an ongoing challenge for the Army’s leadership. Several senior officers feel that the challenge has been exacerbated by Alex Stewart – the Scottish leader has ambitious plans for his armed forces; he envisages a force that has both armoured and mechanised elements and will be strong enough to not only bring the whole of Scotland under his control but also repel any potential offensive moves from the British Government. To this end he has been pressing his French allies for more and heavier weaponry, including assault rifles, uniforms, and armoured vehicles. So far the French have neither agreed to nor denied these requests.

Currently the Scottish Army field a small headquarters and support echelon, a Fire Support Group, two Infantry Battalions, and the Long Range Reconnaissance Group (LRRG), an all volunteer formation which, as its name suggests, is responsible for carrying out extended reconnaissance patrols outside the area controlled by the Republic of Scotland. The Army’s headquarters are located at Stirling Castle, an imposing medieval fortress built on top of an intrusive crag which dominates the City and surrounding landscape.

One Infantry Battalion is also based in Stirling, Built around a core of Territorial troops from the 7th / 8th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, it is responsible for local security for the area around the town, operating as far north as Dunblane and far south as Falkirk, as well as patrolling as far east as Auchterarder along the A9 road that links Stirling and Perth. The second Infantry Battalion is headquartered in Perth, where it provides security for the town, protecting the area’s vital farmlands and carrying out occasional sweeps against marauders encroaching from Dundee (although these marauder incursions have reduced as time has worn on and the marauders have gone in search of easier pickings). The Perth Battalion also patrols the eastern half of the A9 and maintains a significant presence in St Andrews, from where it controls north east Fife. Both Battalions have significant cavalry detachments, and horse patrols are as common as those using vehicles.

Also based in Stirling is the Fire Support Group, which serves as a rapid reaction force. As such it has priority on the Scots’ extremely limited supplies of fuel and heavy weapons. It consists of a Light Armoured Squadron built around a TA Yeomanry unit and an Infantry Company made up of volunteers from both Infantry Battalions. The FSG is viewed as an elite force within the Scottish Army and competition to be selected for its Infantry Company is fierce. Noteworthy is the fact a number of the FSG’s personnel were members of the Argylls’ pipe band before the War and they still play the pipes and drums, both on ceremonial occasions and when engaging marauders; on more than one occasion the skirl of the pipes has caused marauders to flee without a shot being fired.

Most troops are armed with standard British Army small arms, primarily Sterling SMG’s and L1A1 SLR’s, plus some L85A1’s, although some personnel are armed with weapons supplied by the French (mostly an ad hoc collection of G3’s and G41’s of West German origin seized by the French during the occupation of the Rhineland). Support weapons consist of an extremely limited number of GPMG’s and L86LSW’s, supplemented by some Bren guns. Heavy weapons consist of a few 51mm mortars and LAW’s and a single Milan firing post. The Scots have ample quantities of 9mm, 5.56N and 7.62N ammunition, but supplies of both mortar shells and Milan missiles are extremely limited.

The Scots operates a number of British military vehicles, (primarily Land Rovers and Bedford trucks, but also a small number of armoured vehicles including a single FV107 Scimitar and several Saladin armoured cars), supplemented by requisitioned civilian vehicles. Most Scottish troops wear normal British Army DPM uniform, including their distinctive Tam O’Shanter regimental headgear, with many men have added a small Scottish saltire flag to the left sleeve, however stocks of DPM uniforms have proved insufficient to equip all of the Army’s personnel, so some of the new recruits wear fatigues that have been dyed olive green locally. Whilst the majority of its personnel are Scottish, like the Welsh separatist army, the Scottish forces include personnel from all parts of the British Isles and beyond (one of the Militia units is commanded by a Rhodesian who fought in the latter stages of that country’s bush war in the 1970’s).

The Scottish Army is under the overall command of Brigadier Bruce Morrison. A 61 year old former officer in the British Army who retired with the rank of Colonel in 1992 after thirty years service, Morrison has been a close friend of Alex Stewart for many years and is extremely loyal to the Scottish leader. The Infantry Battalion based in Stirling is under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Neil Gray; although Gray is Scottish he is not an enthusiastic supporter of Scottish independence from the United Kingdom and over the past two years he has become increasingly dissatisfied with Stewart’s leadership and methods, feeling that the SNP leader has taken advantage of the chaos that followed the nuclear strikes to pursue his own agenda. Gray is particularly concerned by the Republic’s growing links with the French, who he fears may attempt to use the Scots to fight a proxy War against the English. At present dissent is minimal but many officers and men are very loyal to Gray, and there exists a significant minority who, like their Colonel, are uneasy about the thought of the Scotland breaking away from the United Kingdom.  

Supporting the Scottish Army is a number of Militia units that operate primarily in a local defence role. Most militia personnel live in their local communities and spend several days at a time on duty on a rota basis. Militia units generally number no more than several dozen individuals and are primarily armed with civilian weapons (particularly double barrelled shotguns) supplemented by a small number of military weapons (chiefly a small number of L1A1 rifles that are used in a support role), although some personnel only have melee weapons. Militia men (and women) generally wear mostly civilian clothing, although some have acquired various items of British Army clothing (usually DPM jackets, floppy hats, etc). They operate a small number of civilian vehicles (all converted to run on alcohol fuels), but are making increasing use of both horses and bicycles.

Stirling Castle, HQ of the Scottish Army

Order of Battle, Scottish Army

Headquarters, Scottish Army

Location: Stirling, Central Scotland (Stirling Castle)

Strength: 70 men

Includes elements of 52nd (Lowland) Signal Squadron, 32nd (Scottish) Signal Regiment (TA)

Long Range Reconnaissance Group

Location: Dispersed throughout Scotland

Strength: 40 men, 4 x Land Rover WMIK

Fire Support Group

Location: Stirling, Central Scotland (Stirling Castle)

Strength: 100 men, 1 x FV107 Scimitar, 2 x FV601 Saladin, 1 x FV721 Fox, 1 x Stalwart Gun Truck, 2 x Land Rover WMIK, 1 x AT105 Saxon, 3 x FV603 Saracen, 1 x Bedford Gun Truck

Armoured Squadron

o FV107 Scimitar “Braveheart”

o FV721 Fox “Bannockburn”

o FV601 Saladin “Flodden”

o FV601 Saladin “Killiecrankie”

Infantry Company

o Land Rover WMIK (Milan ATGM)

o Land Rover WMIK (0.50 HMG)

o Stalwart Gun Truck “Robert the Bruce”

o Bedford Gun Truck “William Wallace”

Formed from elements of The Royal Scottish Yeomanry (TA), 7th / 8th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (TA), and Z (HSF) Company, 3rd Battalion, Black Watch (TA)

1st Infantry Battalion

Location: Stirling, Central Scotland (Stirling Castle)

Strength: 600 men, 50 cavalry, 1 x FV603 Saracen, 2 x FV1611 Humber Pig

HQ Company

A Company

C Company

D Company

W Company

Formerly 7th / 8th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (TA); Bn did not have a B Company

2nd Infantry Battalion

Location: Perth, Tayside; St Andrews, Fife

Strength: 565 men, 75 cavalry

Formed around a cadre of Z (HSF) Company, 3rd Battalion, Black Watch (TA)