- Apr 2017
New Caledonia is in the pacific surrounded by small independent states, they see their neighbors and want what they have.Also, out of curiosity--does anyone here know why New Caledonia has such a strong independence movement? After all, AFAIK, they have French citizenship and French voting rights (without gerrymandering) and I'm presuming that they would be better off as a part of France as opposed to being independent. Is nationalism there simply that strong? Or is there another reason for this?
Somewhat off-topic question for you and others: Do you think that Puerto Rico and/or the Danish West Indies would have ever become independent in a scenario where the US would have never acquired them? Or would they have remained a part of Spain/Denmark up to the present-day in such a scenario?
Puerto Rico, yes. Danish west indies, hard to say. Britain, France and the Netherlands still own territories in the Caribbean, so Denmark might of too.