The declining post-war Highland Region, the northern 2/3rds of Argyll and Bute District and Grampian Region of Scotland had joined the embryonic Celtic Alliance during September of 1987 in the the Irish-Scottish Highlands mutual cooperation treaty of 1987.
The area that was covered by the former North Tayside UK Parliament constituency joined the Celtic Alliance by singing the Irish-Scottish Highlands mutual co-operation treaty of 1987 on October the 5th 1987.
Losses in 1983 the attack
Rosyth Dockyard, Grangemouth docks, RAF Buchan, RAF Leuchars, RAF Kinloss, Peterhead harbour, the docks at Port Glasgow, Inverbervie CEW Radar Station and RAF Edzell were each hit with a 10kt tactical nuke, but he 100kt strategic nukes fell short of the east coast cities and exploder 5 and 10 miles east respectively of their intended targets in the sea. Holy Loch and Faslaine bases were each hit by a 100kt device as well. Most of Doomsday's immediate victims were in Grampian Region, due to the loss of Aberdeen. Inverness's Cameron Barracks were not hit and the 10kt bomb fired at RAF Lossiemouth missed, exploding 2 miles to the north out at sea.
About 100,000 died in the attacks and about 1/4 of the surviving people would be dead by 1987 due t a mixture of starvation, rural E-coli outbreaks and radiation sickness in Grampian Region. The Scottish highlands would be left to struggle on vallently as the UK passed in to history.
Motivations for creating it
Why the Highlanders and there regional councils wanted to join Ireland and form the fledgling Celtic Alliance was the fear that they would be abandoned to die by a ruined UK, assuming any of it ever did survive the war in the first place!
North Tayside was frightened of the growing post-war chaos in there county spreading to the north. The whole of Tayside Region was in chaos by mid 1986 and the area that was covered by the former North Tayside UK Parliament constituency had declared itself an independent country and was by its own concent effectively part of what remains of Grampian and Highland Regions.
The treaty's 7 special policy amendments
They were concerned about losing thire local traditions and culture to a new Irish centric state, so they had they put forward 7 amendments to the Celtic Alliance's merger deal in thire region.
- Scottish traditions like the ceilidh, bagpipes, haggis, tartan, highland dancing, etc. must not be harmed.
- The region's languages (Scots, Scottish Gaelic, Highland English, Scottish English, British English and the Doric dialect) must not be harmed.
- That any of the various political in the Hebrides and Highlands could continue as a single united party as they did in the former UK if they wished.
- That English people were still to be welcome in the Scottish Highlands.
- Ireland could take as much wood and stone as it wanted from the Highlands.
- That everyone would cooperate in the decontamination and rebuilding of Aberdeen harbour.
- That the Roman Catholic, Church of Scotland, Anglican, Presbyterianism and Episcopalian faith will all be treated equally and fairly on inter-Christian sectarian issues.
The 11 signatories
- Celtic Alliance foreign minister: ?
- Provost of Inverness, Allan G. Sellar.
- Convener of Highland Regional Council: ?
- Highland Regional Council councilor, Peter J. Peacock.
- Liberal Party political figure and unsuccessful Liberal candidate Argyll and Bute, Janet Ray Michie.
- Moray SNP political figure and ex-Morayshire MP Hamish Watt.
- Morayshire folk singer, Roy Williamson.
- Aviemore Hotel and ski lodge owner Robert R. Bruce.
- Aviemore Hotel and ski lodge manager Dora Anne McLeod.
- Agyle SNP political figure and Oban High School teacher Iain MacCormick.
- The Lord Lieutenant of Perth and Kinross, Sir David Butte, signed up to it spratly in Blair Atholl Castle on October the 5th 1987. The rest were at the Oban community center singing up on September 7th, 1987.
How the Highlanders and Irish feel about it today
They are happy with the current situation and the federal state that it created.
- Highland= est. 125,575 in 1990, 124,605 in 2007 and 164,175 in 2020.
- Grampian= est. 225,500 in 1990, 257,700 in 2007 and 325,197 in 2020.
- Northern Argyle= est. 27,800 in 1990, 28,400 in 2007 and 32,500 in 2020.
- Southern Argyle and Buteshire= est. 12,500 in 1990, 12,600 in 2007 and 14,500 in 2020.
- Tayside North= est. 22,500 in 1990, 25,500 in 2007 and 25,789 in 2020
- Note: These counties are used for continuity's sake since the Celtic Alliance brought back a load of the old ones like Banffshire and Inverness-shire.