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Gibraltar
Timeline: Scotland says "Yes"
OTL equivalent: Gibraltar
Flag of Gibraltar.svg Coat of arms of Gibraltar1.svg
Motto: 
"Montis Insignia Calpe" (Latin)
"Badge of the Rock of Gibraltar"
Anthem: 
"God Save the Queen" (official)
"Gibraltar Anthem" (local)
Gibraltar map-en-edit2.svg
CapitalGibraltar
Largest city Westside
Leaders
 -  Monarch Elizabeth II

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located on the Iberian peninsula, bordering the Spanish province of Cadiz, Andalusia. It became a territory of Britain after the War of Spanish Secession in 1713. Commonly known as the Rock after the famous Rock of Gibraltar, it is the source of dispute between the United Kingdom and Spain. Gibraltarians have voted in several referendums, with the most recent one in 2006, to remain as part of the UK. Proposals for joint-sovereignty with Spain have been rejected.

History

GibraltarPolice

Policemen secure the airport. A similar deployment would be seen in the Spain-Gibraltar border and the waters around the territory.

During the Spanish Collapse Crisis, British forces including the Royal Gibraltar Regiment was placed on high alert just in case of a spillover of the conflict. Authorities increased security in the border crossing in the neutral zone as well as the airport. Spain requested that the United Kingdom "stay out" of the crisis. Nonetheless, the UK supported in favor of Germany's ultimatum to Spain that it will be suspended from the European Union unless a peaceful solution would be found.

On May 5, 2016, the American nuclear submarine USS Florida was harassed by a Spanish Guardia Civil vessel on its way. The Spanish ship crossed the path of the Florida twice. The captain of the submarine requested that the Royal Navy patrol boat HMS Sabre providing escort to fire flares on the Spanish vessel as a warning shot. Only then did the Spanish leave the American submarine, causing a series of diplomatic protests among the Foreign Office and the U.S. Navy.

Military

800px-Gibraltar Based Patrol Boat HMS Sabre MOD 45153356

HMS Sabre patrolling the territorial waters.

Defense is the responsibility of the United Kingdom. The British Army has the Royal Gibraltar Regiment as its ground forces in the territory. The Rock serves as a major Royal Navy base in the Mediterranean Sea. Gibraltar also serves as a port-of-call of many NATO warships, namely from France, Italy, and the United States.

Flag

The flag of Gibraltar is two colored flag: white on top and red on the bottom with a castle in the middle. In the castle is a key. The castle symbolizes that the Rock is an impregnable fortress while the key symbolizes that Gibraltar plays a role as the "key" to the Mediterranean, as ships pass through the Strait of Gibraltar to transit both Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean.

British overseas territories flags with alternate union flag (no scotland)

Scrapped proposal of British Overseas Flags with the new design of the Union Jack (2015). Only the Flag of Gibraltar does not have a Union Jack on the upper left; however the old and new versions of the UK flag flies alongside each other on the territory.

The flag of the territory flies alongside the old Union Flag and the new Union Flag that was formed when Scotland declared its independence in 2015.

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