Picture this: It's September 19th and Scotland's voters, after three centuries as part of the United Kingdom, have said Yes to independence. First things first – there'll be an almighty party by the Yes campaign celebrating what many analysts have hailed as a positive, emotionally responsive, social media-savvy operation. But when Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Alex Salmond and his cohorts wake up the next day, they have at least 18 months' hard work ahead to get the new nation ship-shape for independence.
There would also likely be an outbreak of forced civility. The No campaign, and the rest of the U.K., would ultimately have to swallow their dire predictions and work with the other side to ensure a Scotland with the best chance of future economic success.
CNBC looks at some of the most probable moves in the early days of Scottish independence.