I have read the article by Charles Stross, the article only highlighted certain points about past governance of Scotland and the Scots.
How-ever, the attitude towards the Scots from Westminster, which includes Scottish MP's/MSP's and Scottish Lord's, along with major businesses has been described as questionable.
It was stated that Mr Obama was briefed for his reply about Independence by Westminster. How-ever, history shows the USA gained Independence under the " Declaration Of Independence " on 4th of July 1776 from Great Britain.
Charles did indicate, mistreat the Scots at your own peril, this was evident as the Conservative Government led by Mrs Thatcher who implemented the Poll Tax a full year before the rest of the UK, one may ask is this another bargaining tool in Independence.
The oil industry have stated they will have no problems working with an Independent Scotland, which, surprised some people.
HMNB Clyde ( HMS Neptune ) aka Faslane the base for all Nuclear Submarines ( were the USA has a vested interest ) and the surrounding storage areas is seen as a massive bargaining position for an Independent Scotland, although, the SNP have declared it wants the removal of all the nuclear deterrent from an Independent Scotland.
The war of words about the Pound Sterling and the EU has been hit on the head by the facts about the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man who have Independence, yet remain Crown Dependancies with EU membership and use of the Pound Sterling.
Finally, it's up to the voters of Scotland to decide on Independence.