John Oliver, Noam Chomsky, Russell Brand, and Groundskeeper Willie Explain Scottish Independence

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On Thursday Scotland will vote to remain a member of the United Kingdom — as it's been since 1707 — or become an independent country. After the independence referendum initially appeared it would fail, the latest polls show the result is too close to call.

The northern state only holds 5.3 million people, about as many as Colorado and less than 10 percent of the U.K.'s population, but the implications reach far beyond political autonomy for Scots. At the fore are the consequences of establishing a Scottish currency, removing England's nuclear weapons, and Scotland claiming revenue from its North Sea oil reserves (of which estimates vary wildly depending who you ask).

Here we've found the most enlightening, and often entertaining, takes on the referendum for Scottish independence.

The wry and incisive John Oliver dug into the matter on HBO's Last Week Tonight, examining who actually funded the pro and con campaigns as well as whether Scots can actually govern themselves.

The nonpartisan National Institute of Economic and Social Research out of London answered how Scotland would tackle an independent currency.

For the think piece on Scottish independence, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky delivers a 30-minute treatise on the matter.

The Scot you're likely most familiar with, Groundskeeper Willie of The Simpsons, states his case for Scottish independence and who should lead the new nation.

A secessionist Quebecois politician weighed in to warn Scots of the broken promises he saw after Quebec chose to remain part of Canada twice.

British comedian Russell Brand hilariously and fairly breaks down a high profile debate between pro-independence figure Alex Salmond and British Labour Party politician Alistar Darling.

Anti-independence group Let's Stay Together tapped Queen's "You're My Bestfriend" to tug at Scottish heartstrings.

While pro-independence campaign Yes Scotland took a more dire tact, warning of the economic and political perils imposed by continued British influence. 

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