While a Yes vote in next year's referendum would end the political union between Scotland and England, the paper stresses that the Union of the Crowns - which dates back to 1603 - would continue and Scotland would keep the Queen as its monarch upon independence.
"On independence, Scotland will be a constitutional monarchy," it says. "On independence in 2016 Her Majesty the Queen will be head of state."
There are serious doubts about if, how and when an independent Scotland will take its place in the EU.
Today's White Paper on Scottish independence may be 670 pages long, but many voters still say they have unanswered questions.
ITV Border's Political Editor, Peter MacMahon, gives his reaction to the unveiling of the SNP's White Paper.