Cover Story Scottish vote: Sign of Britain's waning influence?

Scotland's vote on independence, and a later referendum on Britain's membership in the EU, spur questions about the country's role in the world.

By , Staff writer

Illustration by Nancy Stahl

On the southern flank of England, buffeted by the fierce winds of the English Channel, Portsmouth has been a hub of the British Navy – and British power – since the reign of Henry VIII 500 years ago. Without Portsmouth, Britain’s empire could not have become the largest in the world.