Northern Ireland turns 100 this week. There are some who will celebrate that milestone, others who will use it to point out the failure of partition, and many who remain apathetic to the constitutional question.
It is somewhat ironic that the centenary falls at a time when political unionism is facing a crisis in terms of leadership, direction and uncertainty about the future.
Northern Ireland was created to have a two-to-one unionist majority. Demographic change came much quicker than many expected.
I'm sure the architects of the state did not draw the border up with a 100-year lifespan in mind.
Recent opinion polls on the future of this island have produced some results that are predictable, others that are surprising.
Most surprising in the Belfast Telegraph poll is the rapid increase in the number of people who consider themselves neither British nor Irish, but Northern Irish.
We talk a lot about the middle ground - the demographic most likely to identify as Northern Irish.
But in terms of the overall population that now accounts for 33%, with 33% British and 28% Irish.
Take that down to the younger age group and that number jumps yet again, with 35% identifying as Irish but a massive 43% as Northern Irish. Those identifying as British account for just 17% of the 18-24-year-olds surveyed.
It is that change that should give political parties, specifically political unionism, pause for thought.
A recent BBC poll found a majority north and south think Northern Ireland will have left the UK within 25 years.
A similar Belfast Telegraph poll shows a majority feel a referendum will come in the next five years.
But will we be ready for such a referendum in such a short space of time and what does that mean for the stability of a region already unsettled by the Brexit fallout?
The number of people in favour of a united Ireland is high in the south at 67%, with just 16% against and 18% undecided.
While this may seem to dispel the myth that the south doesn't want the hassle of us 'Nordies', if you drill down deeper you will find that comes with many caveats.
They may be in favour but they also don't want to have to pay any additional money for such a seismic and permanent change to our island.
In Northern Ireland it is unsurprising that the same question garners a much more divided result, with 43% against, 35% in favour and arguably the most significant number of undecideds at 21%.
In any future referendum on the future of this island that 21% will hold the balance of power and it seems, when carefully analysing the data, that wealth and wellbeing are more important to them than identity.
Brexit taught us never to hold a referendum of any kind without knowing exactly what you are voting for.
When it comes to how people view the place they live, be it now or in 10 or 20 years, it seems clear that practicalities are far more important than symbols.
We know Northern Ireland is subsidised to the tune of almost £10bn annually from Westminster.
Republicans have argued the subsidy includes unnecessary costs that could be done away with after unification.
But regardless of the figures, Northern Ireland, over-reliant on the public sector, with divisions in education and housing, is not a cheap place to run.
Just 12% of those living in the south think the Irish Government should match that subsidy, but another 37% indicated they would be prepared to pay some - but not all - of the money.
They also don't want to pay more taxes, and worry that removing the border would leave them worse off.
Around 55% of people surveyed in Northern Ireland and 39% in the south felt they would be worse off if partition were to end.
The issue of healthcare is one that unites people in terms of importance, along with pension provision and proper policing.
For those selling the merits of a united Ireland, these are the issues that will really motivate the undecided voters.
Those polled seemed less concerned about the issue of what flag or anthem will be used, though when it comes to the flag, 37% in the south and 46% here would be happy to see a new flag to represent both sides of the community.
But when it comes to issues such as education, 86% in the south and 89% here say a good education system is a priority.
For those hoping to preserve the Union, this poll shows the importance of concentrating on the issues that unite us rather than those that divide us.
Creating a place with a good health service, a high standard of education, an accountable police service and adequate pensions provision ranks much higher in the minds of those of both traditions in Northern Ireland at the present time.
The politics of fear has not worked until now and has simply lurched us from one political crisis to another.
If there is anything to be learnt from recent opinion polls, it is that practicalities matter much more than identity, and prosperity will always win over ideology.