Internet country code for Scotland


Countries in the grass
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If Scotland wins her independence one day, it will be necessary to assign a ccTLD (country-code top-level domain) instead of .uk. A ccTLD always consists of exactly two lower-case letters without any accents.

However, there are so many countries in the world that there aren't many options left.

The most natural one would be .sc, I guess, but that's the Seychelles. .sl? No, that's Sierra Leone. .so? .st? .sa? .sn? .sd? Nope, that's Somalia, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal and Sudan, respectively.

Hmmm, so what about basing it on the Gaelic name for Scotland, Alba? Well, .al is Albania, and .as (for Alba/Scotland) is American Samoa, but .ab is actually free, so I guess that would be the most obvious ccTLD.

One thought on “Internet country code for Scotland”

  1. What is Scotland waiting for? The Queen’s approval of her independence? Independent Scotland sounds like a castle in the air, more than a real country.

    We of the new entity called Independent Long Island (ILI) already have a working TLD, and without nobody’s permission, which is the way it is supposed to be:

    http://ilination (or http://gov.ili in the Cesidian Root)

    Most Rev Dr Cesidio Tallini

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