Sydona Islands

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Coscivian People's Republic of Sydona
Kɐ̟ʉśiplônɯkyérita Sôda̠ʊna (Austral Coscivian)
Koskiplānokéarita Sydona (Kiravic)
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Country Kiravian Federacy
Capital Destransar
Population 56,246,000
First Executive Aþanasius V.M.L. Calvitoryn (I)
Chancellor Íoanpetrus P.D.A. Artisyn (CPP)
Cambrium seats 3
Official languages Austral Coscivian, Kiravic Coscivian
Other Languages Leinlandic, Royal Sydonan, Arabic, English
Postal Abbreviation SYD

The Sydona Islands, officially the Coscivian People's Republic of Sydona, is a state of the Kiravian Federacy comprising a roughly triangular archipelago of continental islands off the southern coast of Ixnay in the Pelian Sea. The islands have a long and convoluted history, having come under the rule of many different nations and empires over the course of the centuries. The islands were heavily settled by Coscivians and Pelians between XXXX and XXXX, giving rise to the Deep South Coscivian people that account for a majority of the state's population today. The islands were liberated from the Armed Republic of Jacoblandia by a joint United Islamic Federation-Kiravian invasion, and were admitted to the Federacy as the 81st state in 21206.

History

At the time of their discovery, the Sydona Islands were inhabited by a people or group of closely-related peoples called the Whateveriotes or "Eteosydonans".

Coscivian exploration and settlement of Ixnay, which began around 20212, or the turn of the second millennium anno Domini, did not stop at Great Kirav, Meridia, and Wintergen. Coscivian mariners pressed westward toward to Crona, where they established settlements in what is now Amerigo and Æonara, southward into the Odoneru, and southeast as they charted the eastern coastline of Levantia, down to Kedrya in the Melian Isles.

Coscivians first visited the Sydonas in 20282, when the caravel? Snékár Ilunabarsk under the command of Kavakón Varrada sighted the island of St. Xavier (though the name they gave it was Nív-////, after a local saint from Lusēdan Province, Éorsa). Eager to replenish their supplies, they went ashore, and encountered the natives. The Eteosydonans were no stranger to the occasional visiting outlander, and provided Varrada's men with important information about the area. Learning that there were several other islands in the archipelago, Varrada located and circumnavigated all of them before moving westward and discovering the Raladur Peninsula and the Salesian Isles. Before embarking on their return voyage, the crew of the Snékár Ilunabarsk wintered ashore on the island that was later named for their captain, near the present-day town of Óstaldan.

- Blah Blah - First permanent settlement - 20325 All islands have Coscivians by 20370 Maybe some stuff about the Coscivian Empire's government structure for the islands - Blah Blah -

Over the following centuries, many more Coscivian farmers, fishermen, and merchants arrived in the archipelago. In fact, for many decades, Sydona was a much more attractive destination for Coscivian colonists due to its much milder climate and its safety from the Cromwelute depredations. In [YEAR], Lord Astorin, Governor of the Kiygrava Watershed, lamented that "while my predecessors had consistently reported to the Cambrium and His Supremacy the Emperor that the Watershed of this Province was filling rapidly with new Homesteads, I have estimated that during my tenure, of the Passengers on the average Ship making Port in the Isles of Valēkas, but one-fifth have remained in this Province, while a second fifth have made for Niyaska or ventured out into the Interior, the remainder having sailed onward to the Austral Isles." While the early Coscivian settlers in North Ixnay were came primarily from the coastal fringes of Western Éorsa on the Aquaric Ocean, those who settled in the Sydonas came from a wider range of geographic and ethnic origins. Especially prominent among them were the X, Y, and Z.

Geography

There are over 20 natural and currently 3 artificial islands in the Sydona archipelago. The five largest islands are Érdoran (also known as Lordasydona or "Grand Sydona"), Norhayedan, Manētuva, Varrada, and St. Xavier. Érdoran comprises over 35% of the state's land area and is home to just under half of its population.

The archipelago is temperate throughout, generally having a temperate oceanic climate with ample rainfall and a narrow, moderate annual temperature range.

Government

Assembly Hall, Destransar

The Coscivian People's Republic of Sydona is a constitutional republic. The unicameral legislature, the Coscivian People's Assembly, is elected triennially by alternative vote from constituencies subject to adjustment every ten years. Sydona's relationship to the Federal government and its level of autonomy therefrom are equivalent to that of a Kiravian mainland state. Sydona has full control over its own budget and elects its own Chief Executive without the need for Federal confirmation. The Chief Executive is elected every four years by alternative vote.

Sydona returns three members to the Federal Cambrium by statewide single transferable vote and one member to the Federal Council (Kiravia) elected by the Coscivian People's Assembly.

Politics in Sydona is currently dominated by two major parties: The conservative-liberal, Christian-democratic Coscivian People's Party, which represents urban and semi-urban middle-class interests, and the agrarian distributist Allied Country Party, which represents the interests of the rural population, miners, and inhabitants of the outer islands. The market liberal Opportunity Party and pro-veteran National Reform Party have representation on the local level.

The state is in the process of establishing a tax-funded public healthcare subsidy to cover 50-70% of in-hospital costs and 30-50% of general practitioner costs for its citizens in conjunction with private insurance. Scheduled for a full rollout in 21209, Sydona's would be the twentieth state healthcare subsidy of its kind in the Federacy.

In 21207, Amendment XXXVI to the Fundamental Statute of the Kiravian Federacy was ratified. This amendment created the office of the Second Executive of the Kiravian Federacy, a designated successor analogous to a Vice-President or Second Minister in other countries. Due to interest in ensuring that the Prime Executive and Second Executive would be in different locations in the event of a nuclear exchange or other catastrophe, Amendment XXXVI requires the Second Executive to reside in Sydona. The first Second Executive, Xavier Pretannon, was appointed by Andrus Candrin later that year and took up residence at the Methryn Hall estate 20 kilometres north of Destransar.

Federal Cambrium Delegation
Member Party First Elected
  Íoan Aluneryn Coscivian People's Party (CSU) 21205
  Marcus Xrysoviryn Coscivian People's Party (CSU) 21205
  Ruriður Ivyn Allied Country Party (Ag) 21205

Defence Forces

Like other Kiravian states, Sydona is entitled to maintain its own local defence forces. The Coscivian People's Army is responsible for air and land defence, and the Coscivian People's Navy functions as the islands' coast guard, discharging roughly the same responsibilities in Sydonan waters as the Littoral Force does in the Home Islands.

Society & Culture

Demographics

While a formal census of Sydona has yet to be conducted since the islands were returned to Kiravian rule, it is estimated that three-quarters of the state's population is Coscivian, with the majority being Deep South Coscivians and up to 15% of the total being recent Coscivian immigrants from other parts of the Federacy.

Royal Sydonans, who controlled the islands as the Kingdom of Sydona for several centuries, are the largest non-Coscivian minority at under 10% of the population. There is also a substantial community of Leinlandic descent, dating from the decades that Sydona spent as an autonomous province of Leinland. Royal and Leinlandic Sydonans were granted Kiravian citizenship upon the state's accession. Azikorians and their culture have had a long historic presence in the archipelago, the most conspicuous evidence of which is the popularity of Theophilian Christianity among Sydonans.

Historical and political affinities with Kiravia have led Woolzi Arabs and Rumelis from the Continent to migrate to Kiravia in large numbers over the centuries, and a great many have come to settle in Sydona as Kiravia's nearest appendage. The Rumeli Muslim population comprises both Rumeli Coscivians and ethnic Græco-Persian Rumelis.

Salesians have a long history in the Sydonas, and while the number of people in the islands actively identifying as Salesian is rather small (mostly recent immigrants and temporary workers from the neighbouring Kiravian protectorate of Insular Salesia), previous generations of Salesians have blended culturally and genæologically into the Deep South Coscivian majority. There are many Deep South Coscivians, especially in Destransar and on the northern shores of the islands, that bear Coscivised Salesian names, and Salesian missionaries are responsible for the presence of Anglican Christianity in the archipelago.

The islands are predominantly Christian: The Deep South Coscivian population is split among Roman Catholic, Coscivian Orthodox, and Reformed Orthodox (Theophilian) denominations, while Royal Sydonans are devoutly Catholic and Leinlanders and Salesians predominantly Protestant. Sydona has always had a Roman Catholic hierarchy separate from that of Great Kirav and the rest of the Kiravian Federacy under the care of the Archbishop of Destransar. The Archdiocese of Destransar and the Episcopal Conference of the Coscivian Austral Ocean also extend to the Sakhalin Islands.

There are sixteen mosques (twelve Rumeli, six other Shi'a, two Sunni and one Ibadhi) in the state, as well as three parishes of the Eastern Catholic Church of Pel.

Sports

Sports are an important part of Sydonan cultural life. The most popular sport in Sydona is Kiravian-rules football (also known as fieldball). Fieldball is widely played informally and at the organised recreational, varsity, collegiate, and local amateur/semi-professional level. Professionally, the islands are home to two teams competing in the Empire Fieldball League and one competing in the Regions Football League.

Association football (Austral Coscivian: kʊʉrat, from Arabic kura "ball") is the second most popular sport in Sydona, in stark contrast to the rest of the Kiravian Federacy, where it receives little attention. The Sydona Islands are represented by their own national team in international competitions, separate from the notoriously irrelevant Kiravian national team. Although the Sydonan national team outperforms its Kiravian counterpart, it is still not particularly successful in tournament play. Soccer is generally played during the antipodean spring and summer in Sydona, coinciding with the fall/winter regular season for fieldball in Great Kirav, though it is evolving into a more year-round sport. The Austral Coscivian language has its own distinct vocabulary relating to soccer, much of which is locally coined or borrowed from Continental Ixnayan languages, unlike Kiravic Coscivian which has mostly borrowed or calqued its soccer terminology from Levantine or wider international usage.

Economy

Commercial development in Cūlvrytren
Destransar Seaport
Handwavium ore

Sydona has a diversified economy with strong tertiary and quaternary sectors. The islands are the primary access point to the wider Kiravian economy in southeast Ixnay, supporting a strong trade and manufacturing base. Behind the major mainland states of Kiygrava, Cascada, and Devalōmica, Sydona is the largest Kiravian state in Ixnay in terms of total export value. Most heavy industry is concentrated on Érdoran, especially in the Destransar and Ádrasca metropolitan areas. Key industrial products include steel, mechanical and electrical components, ships and boats, æroplanes and components thereof, composite materials, and consumer durables. Ærospace is a growing industry in the islands: Two Kiravian and one Amerigan æroplane manufacturers operate production facilities on Érdoran, and the Kiravian Federal Spaceflight Authority is constructing a launch platform on Manētuva for the deployment of sattelites.

The state is currently undergoing a major construction boom due to the increased demand for housing spurred by immigration from Great Kirav to the achipelago's major metropolitan areas, as well as increased demand for commercial real estate driven by the CPP government's pro-development ordoliberal policies. A number of artificial islands are being added to the archipelago by UIF and Kiravian contractors to increase the amount of land available for residential and industrial development in the face of "green zone" laws backed by strong agrarian interests in the state government.

Owing to the islands' strategic location, the Kiravian Forces maintain a large presence in Sydona. The state is home to five major Federal military reservations: Manētuva Naval Base, Fort Liberance, Fort Candrin, Mætrēsar Army Airbase, and Avogadrón Airbase, as well as a number of smaller installations for military communications, reconnaisance and monitoring, and strategic weaponry. These facilities and the military personnel stationed at them have been a significant boon to the local economy, generating consumption, revenue, and employment.

The eastern islands hold major deposits of handwavium, while Érdoran and Manētuva have significant reserves of tin and tungsten. Offshore natural gas exploration is underway in the Sydona Sound. Sydona's handwavium industry is tightly supervised by the federal government, as the mineral is of great strategic value to the Kiravian Navy and shipping industry, which require it for interregional travel.

Agriculture employs some 16% of Sydonans, and is focused on the production of Coscivian staples such as potatoes, cale, barley, beef cattle, and hogs. Onions, leeks, celery, cabbage, and Wool was historically a major export of the islands, and sheep continue to be kept in large numbers, especially in inland Érdoran. Ducks are raised widely across Sydona, and are a major ingredient in Deep South Coscivian cuisine.

Sydona's economic importance has grown with the Kiravian colonisation of Punth. The state has become a major supplier of services and manufactured goods to the Kiravian colonies of Porfíria and New Intravia, and a centre for the processing and reëxport of timber, minerals, and fish produced in the Punth colonies.