It has been a rollercoaster eighteen months for supporters of Welsh independence. 

Rewind to early 2020 and support for breaking away from the United Kingdom was riding at an all-time high in the polls.

Marches and events had been held across Wales, from huge demonstrations in the nation's capital to banner-waving gatherings in towns and villages.

YesCymru, the grassroots movement that exploded onto the scene and quickly gathered thousands of members, almost owned support of independence, gathering an ever broader church of individuals under its banner.

Then, the pandemic struck. 

Marches, protests and gatherings were put on hold, and while polling for independence remained high, that support did not translate into a victory for the one major party in the Senedd that put it centrally in their manifesto.

As Plaid Cymru have licked their wounds, so the YesCymru membership, swollen beyond the likes anybody had seen here in Wales before, looked internally for reasons why momentum in the movement had stumbled.

As the summer went on, so too did the infighting. Last month, the central committee resigned their posts en masse, leaving the movement in a state of limbo.

Now, one group within the independence movement are moving to be proactive in a momentary lull.

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On Monday, Labour for an Independent Wales, a group of Labour party members campaigning for independence, launch their 'internationalism season'.

The season will look at internationalism in response to Mark Drakeford’s “internationalist not nationalist” comment from the party's conference last year.

Topics have been selected according to the "biggest and most popular claims about independence" made by party members.

Each of the pamphlets will be aimed at a minister whose portfolio lines up with a claim.

On September 9, the group will look at Wales in the world and how Wales could use its influence in the British isles as a newly independent nation, and how it would engage in global affairs through the UN.

On September 16, there will be a focus on soft power, how Wales can build on the diplomacy our football fans exhibit when abroad, and how acts of international solidarity like a recent donation of PPE to Namibia can form a wider international relations policy.

Throughout the month, the group's social media campaign will focus on case studies of small independent countries.

The pamphlet will be published on September 30, as a vision for what an independent Wales would look like in the world.

The document is likely to build on the work done by YesCymru's Independence in your pocket, albeit from a left-leaning, socialist position.

With YesCymru currently hamstrung by the lack of a central committee, Labour for an Independent Wales clearly sees an opportunity to do policy work on the subject from an explicitly Labour perspective.

Internally, it is also a challenge to the first minister and his colleagues to engage with independence and challenge it on an intellectual level.

Welsh Labour has produced 'Radical Federalism' and 'Reforming Our Union' versions one and two. However, as such calls fall on deaf Westminster ears, it is clear there's an appetite within the membership to contribute to the conversation. 

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