I used to think that idealistically it would be best if all the Somali would unite into one large country, including Djibouti, Somaliland, and Ogaden (and maybe that little bit off North Kenya). That Greater Somalia should be something we should strive for as Somali when we get through the current problems, but recently I’m not so sure. I’ve come to think that Greater Somalia is a bit of a fantasy and that we probably won’t ever unite. If South Somalia gets through their problems with the Al-Shabab, Puntland sorts out the issue with the pirates, and there’ll be effective long-term solutions for future droughts (and development of the economy) there will always be the issue of tribalism. Somaliland is still trying to achieve recognition after two decades and in the South the majority of power does not lie with the people (or the Al-Shabab in my opinion) but with clan leaders and elders. If the South does solve its current problems, there would still be the issue of Somaliland yearning for independence. In the past when there was still a functioning central government there was this strive between the north and the south. The north (Somaliland) being neglected and the government leaning to the side of tribalism.
I think that if Somaliland wants to be recognised as an independent nation, it should get rid of the current name. Any name without the word Somali would suffice, such as Macrobia. Lets face it Somaliland just brings confusion, as it wants to be independent but still carries the nostalgia of Somalia.
If anyone has a different opinion please let me know.