The back cover of this political thriller sets the scene for Rogue Nation by Alan Clements: 'The year is 2014. The Republicans have recaptured the White House, the Conservatives have just won a second term at Westminister and hardliners dominate Russia. In a small corner of north-western Europe, the Scots have just narrowly voted for independence, a decision they immediately regret.' Nothing in the above looks too far fetched. Add in the notion that the English are happy to see Scotland make its own way in the world - breaking the political union but retaining the social.