The Scondan Autonomous Republic is an autonomous region within the Republic of Flovaigne on the eastern part of the Smalik continent. It covers the island of Hêchonde/Sconda and several other smaller islands surrounding it. In March 318 it gained far-reaching autonomy within Flovaigne, and the Scondan language, spoken by a majority on the island, was made an official language at equal level with Flovaignian. The Scondan name is pronounced /SHKON-duh/, and the locals will be happy if foreigners get it right.
Sconda had for a long time, together with the now independent republic of Flovaigne and several other nations that have recently gained independence, been a part of the Bowdani republic, which was, on the whole, peacefully dissolved in 316. In later years, however, Bowdani decided to trade the island with Dascunya in exchange for a patch of land on the Longerath continent. The general view on the deal among the island’s population was one of disdain and aversion, against both nations; against Bowdani for its apparent disregard for the opinion of the local authorities and population; and against Dascunya for their view of the island as simply a piece of merchandise to be exploited. To make matters worse, the Dascunyan authorities inisted on referring to the island as Iscanda, a Dascunyan language version of the island’s name.
Following the final dissolution in 316 of the already desintegrating Bowdani Republic the territory exchange agreement between the republic and Dascunya was nullified and the island of Sconda was again considered Bowdani territory and part of the spoils of the old republic. Among the successor states the newly established republic of Flovaigne was seen as the natural candidate for administrating the island.
However, after the Flovaignian election in 317, that followed said dissolution, it became clear that the local population was not happy with the arrangement, when the Scondan political party ”Çu Çõu” (soo SOW-NG) (Ourselves) showed an overwhelming following and won a considerable majority of the votes cast on the island. Çu Çõu has Scondan autonomy as an important part of its party platform, and in order to disarm louder voices, more dangerous and less, if at all, willing to negotiate – like ”Sconda Perma” (Sconda First) which has a far more agressive agenda, with ethnic cleansing and full independence from Flovaigne on their wish-list – negotiations were initiated between the federal government in Chavedouillim and Çu Çõu for a more manageable autonomy.
The agreement that was signed in March 318 establishes that Sconda basically enjoys extensive autonomy in all fields apart from foreign affairs, and legislation must specifically mention Sconda to be applicable in the region.
The region has currently no plans laid out to negotiate an extension of its autonomy to full independence, although there is a keen interest among sports fans in applying as a separate nation in international championships. This will of course be up to international sports associations to decide.