Scots Decide Whether to Stay or Go
Pro-independence campaigners Sandy and Ed Hastings pose wearing traditional Highland dress in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Sept.16, 2014, ahead of the referendum on Scotland's independence.
The once-in-a-lifetime vote on Sept. 18 could break up the United Kingdom, splitting apart one of America’s key global allies. Polls suggest that a Scottish split from the rest of Britain is a real possibility.
A bakery employee places a question mark cupcake between a cake decorated with the Scottish flag, the Saltire, left, and a Union cupcake at a bakery in Edinburgh on Sept. 16.
A "Yes" campaigner stands near "No" supporters at Dumbarton Town Hall as former Prime Minister Gordon Brown leaves after attending a rally on Sept. 16 in Glasgow, Scotland. Scotland was an independent country until 1707, when the Act of Union with England led to the creation of Great Britain and, ultimately, the United Kingdom -- which also includes Northern Ireland.
People gather for a rally in favor of Scotland staying in Great Britain in London's Trafalgar Square on Sept. 15. Polls are showing that the "Yes" and "No" camps are running neck and neck.
Members of the King of Scots Robert the Bruce Society hold Scottish flags as they rally in support of Scottish independence on Sept. 14 in Loch Lomond, Scotland.
A woman stands by a Union flag as she watches a pro-Union rally in Edinburgh on Sept. 13. About 12,000 Protestant loyalists from Northern Ireland and Scotland marched through central Edinburgh in an emotional show of support for keeping Scotland in the United Kingdom.
A man walks past a pro-independence poster by the seaside in Aberdeen, northern Scotland, on Sept. 15.
"No" voter Ken Brown, a retired chemical plant manager, poses for a photograph with a Union flag on the beach at Troon, Ayrshire, on Sept. 15. Brown said, "I think that as a country we are much better together. Scotland is quite socialist by nature and that will have to be paid through higher taxation."
Lewis MacAskill, 23, a university graduate poses for a photograph in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides on Sept. 13. MacAskill said, "I want to a see a fairer and more prosperous Scotland. A country that can take care of its own people, can take care of its sick and fallen on hard times. I don't want to be lumbered with Tory governments we never voted for."
The word "Yes" is scrawled on the sand as people look out over the bay at Luskentyre beach on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides on Sept. 12.