Why isn't Ulster nationalism more mainstream in Northern Ireland?

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Ulster nationalism is a minor school of thought in the politics of Northern Ireland that seeks the independence of Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom without joining the Republic of Ireland, thereby becoming an independent sovereign state separate from both.

Independence has been supported by groups such as Ulster Third Way and some factions of the Ulster Defence Association. However, it is a fringe view in Northern Ireland. It is [not] supported by any of the political parties represented in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Given what has happened with the Northern Ireland protocol, one might think that people in Great Britain (that is, the island which forms the much larger part of the United Kingdom) don't care about Northern Ireland. Johnson was quite happy to put a trade border in the Irish Sea for instance, which was contrary to the ideals of Unionism.

One would be right to think that. In a poll of GB attitudes towards NI, YouGov found

When asked what they want to happen with Northern Ireland, again
around four in ten (43%) don’t have a strong view, saying that it is
ultimately up to the Northern Irish. A further third (35%) want
Northern Ireland to remain in the UK, while 15% think it should join
together with the rest of Ireland.

I understand that many people in the Protestant community do not want to be part of a United Ireland. But given the frequent - and accurate - complaint that people in Britain don't care about them, why is there so little support for the idea of an independent country?

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