No. Scotland does not have external recognition nor does Scotland have its own embassies in other independent countries. Thus, as you can plainly see, Scotland (nor Wales, nor Northern Ireland, nor England itself) is not an independent country nor is it a State. However, Scotland is most certainly a nation of people living in an internal division of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
No. A notary public who is not an attorney should only complete a notarial certificate which is already on the document, or type or attach a certificate of the maker's choosing. If a notary public were presented with a document that did not contain a certificate and decided which certificate to attach, that notary public would be "practicing law." Instead, the notary may allow the person for whom the notarization is performed to choose among the sample certificates provided to the notary with the notary’s commission.
On a recent trip changing planes in the Houston airport, I walked past a t-shirt kiosk with “I Love Texas” tees and various sayings. One had the motto “Failure is not an option” boldly printed. I kept walking but realized this motto had really rubbed me the wrong way.
The fact that a work has been preregistered does not mean that the Copyright Office necessarily will register the work when an application for registration is submitted. The Office will also not compare the information provided in the preregistration submission with that provided in the follow-up registration, e.g., names of authors may be added and names of claimants may change between the time of preregistration and the time of a full, follow-up registration.