It's hard to keep track of all the historical analogies being drawn for potential British collapse, so I've decided to compile them here so you don't have to.

There's quite a few.

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Truly a classic collapse comparison "UK = Soviet Union"

"Like Russia and the Russians, England and the English are in the throes of an identity crisis."

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brookings.edu/blog/order-fro…
Another classic "UK = Yugoslavia"

"Scotland’s likelihood of leaving the UK if Britain leaves the EU, because the larger country is seceding from something that the smaller country inside does not want to leave, is an example of ‘recursive secession’. "
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blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/201…
Yet another classic "UK = Austria-Hungary"

"Just over 100 years ago, the Habsburg Empire... suddenly disintegrated. The structural and political dynamics that felled Austria-Hungary can be seen here in the UK."

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nation.cymru/opinion/the-tw…
A curveball "UK = Sweden-Norway"

One of the more original takes, and definitely an optimistic one. Norway-Sweden peacefully dissolved in 1905 by mutual agreement, something that *could* happen in a dissolution of the Union of 1707.

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A similar tale of two nations in union "UK = Czechoslovakia"

This comparison, like the one above, is good for the Scotland-England dynamic, especially interesting for the Scotland = Slovakia part.

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carnegieeurope.eu/strategiceurop…
The most classic of all state collapse takes "UK = Rome"

In fairness this article talks more about Brexit than British collapse but still, not hard to make that leap.

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irishtimes.com/business/econo…
Or maybe Britain is not about to collapse, but it's just that "Brexit UK = Weimar Germany"?

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theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
A popular one, "UK = the sick man of Europe aka the Ottoman Empire"

Honestly there's dozens of these takes and half of them have nothing to do with the UK falling apart but definitely the most common historical analogy used for Brexit Britain.

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economist.com/buttonwoods-no…
Or is the "UK = UK"?

It is indeed possible to discuss British collapse entirely within the context of Britain's own history and without drawing parallels to other states that have collapsed. This is one good example but lots of others out there.

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newstatesman.com/politics/uk/20…
These were all the ones I've seen or found so if there are any more out there please let me know!

All these historical parallels do provide genuine insight into how various states of collapsed and what it may mean for Britain so any more would be appreciated.

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