When Nicola Sturgeon launched the latest independence campaign last month, the party set up a new website asking for online devotees to sign up to back “Scotland’s Referendum”.
It includes a “Supporters Map” which plots the location of all pledges received so far and shows that many of them are from people who don’t even live in the country.
They include a supporter in the western desert of Iraq, just outside the city of Rutbah in an area which has been at the centre of fierce fighting between Islamic State and the Iraqi Army in recent years.
The SNP's push to build support for another referendum has attracted none in towns and villages
There are also Scottish nationalists in exotic locations such as Beverly Hills and Manhattan, as well in the remote outposts of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha in the middle of the South Atlantic.
However, as of noon yesterday, the map also revealed that a great many parts of Scotland had not contributed any signatures to the SNP’s referendum pledge.
The party's 'Supporter Map' shows the location of all pledges received
Many supporters are from people who don't even live in the country
These included Strichen, the Aberdeenshire village which is home to former First Minister Alex Salmond, as well as Braemar, Kippen, Inverary, Pitlochry, Findhorn, North Queensferry, Plains and Inverkip.
In towns and villages up and down Scotland they have no one who is in favour of another vote
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Other notable towns and villages included Turriff, Ballater, Coupar Angus, Glamis, Crail, Crook of Devon, Drymen, Fintry, Balfron, West Linton, Newton Stewart, Broadford, Gifford, Kinghorn, Winchburgh and Port Bannatyne.
By contrast, the Iranian city of Najafabad – capital of a farming region noted for its pomegranates and almonds – is a relative hotbed of support for another Scottish referendum.
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There are multiple supporters in cities such as Hong Kong, Manila, Bergen, Berlin, Mexico City and even Ulm in southern Germany, the birthplace of Albert Einstein.
The SNP’s pledge has also garnered multiple signatures in some of the USA’s least known corners, such as South Bend, Indiana; Dry Prong, Louisiana; Du Quoin, Illinois; Perthshire, Mississippi; and Lancaster, California.
There are supporters in Alamo, Texas, famous as the site of the 1836 battle between Mexico and the Republic of Texas, and even one in the Alaskan village of Atmautluak, a Yup’ik Eskimo settlement on the Pitmiktakik River.
Several pledges have also been received from the middle of the Gulf of Guinea, presumably from expat oil workers on rigs off the coast of Nigeria.
South of the Border, people in Harrogate, Stockport, Liverpool, Retford, Nottingham, Letchworth Garden City, Chelmsford, Bracknell, Swindon, Guildford, Winchester, Southampton and Bodmin have contributed the most support to breaking up the Union.
Scottish Conservative chief whip John Lamont said: “This map of supporters sums up the SNP’s push for a second referendum – while they may have support in some far flung places, in towns and villages up and down Scotland they have no one who is in favour of another vote.
“Scots are fed up of constitutional uncertainty, and don’t want to be dragged back to the arguments of the past.
“It’s time Nicola Sturgeon realised this and got back to the job Scots expect her to do – turn around our education and health systems that have so far suffered under the SNP.”
Scottish Labour MSP James Kelly added: “We already know a majority of Scots don’t want a second independence referendum – and now it appears Alex Salmond can’t even convince his own neighbours to back one.
Strichen, the home to Alex Salmond, has not contributed any signatures
"SNP politicians have been flying around the globe to drum up support for independence, because they know how unpopular it is at home.”
And Alistair Carmichael MP, deputy leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Alistair Carmichael, said: "More people in remote parts of Scotland might have signed up to this online gimmick if the SNP had spent more of the last ten years getting them decent broadband. Sadly the SNP spent their time on their independence dreams and have left towns and villages in the dark. It serves them right. People are turning away from the SNP because they won't deliver on the day job.”
However, an SNP spokesman said: “The Scottish Government has a cast-iron democratic mandate to give the people of Scotland a choice over their future, once the terms of Brexit are clear but before it is too late to choose a different path.”