If it is country, then it should get out of England's grip and turn into the most attractive member of the EU. The EU needs an enthusiastic European member that speaks EN. If Nicola plays this right, she can have commitments of relocating to Scotland by companies (industry and services) before a new indy ref takes place.
I hope they are doing that as we speak, the opportunity is too great to be missed.
In fact, here's an idea. Scotland could become part of the Republic of Ireland and thus auto join the EU, no need for application. United Republic of Ireland and Scotland (URIS), it will be an EU and international hit.