In a dramatic escalation in tension following the Cod War of the 1970s and 1980s Iceland has tried again to impose a no fly zone over Scotland. Iceland's Minister for Fisheries and War, Sigmundsun Dottirsun announced that any flights through Scottish airspace would be liable to attack by Icelandic Ash Cloud Forces and may be forces to crash-land.
Dottirsun was quoted as saying that regime change "was not on the agenda" adding "we are happy with the current regime, but we note with concern that more people are talking about regime change in Scotland and maybe even independence for the restive breakaway county of Great Britain. We cannot countenance this. Independence may mean an increase in Scottish fishing quotas. That is tantamount to a declaration of war."
Iceland has become a pariah state due to its contribution to the UK banking crisis, however many analysts say it is unfair for Iceland to be so pilloried when Scotland has escaped blame for its role in the crisis.
Already political commentators are referring to the no-fly zone as being the opening salvo in the Salmond War. Previous attempts at enforcing a no-fly zone (in 2010) backfired when Iceland inadvertently shut the airspace over most of western Europe. At that time Iceland's crack Ash Cloud Forces were accused of being undiscriminating in their assault and causing widespread collateral damage.
The no-fly zone is predicted to affect the annual migration of thousands of Scots to other countries and increase migration to England. Major cities in England are already setting up refugee camps to accommodate the influx of Scots.