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Silent Coast

Aittain Kudnyik
Autonomous State
Incorporated into Magali1923
CapitalNiafu
Area
 • Total8,018 km2 (3,096 sq mi)
Population
 (2018)
 • Total2,501,500
 • Density310/km2 (810/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Tikudnyik (Yavodna) / other_term (Teixo)

Silent Coast (Yavodna: Aittain Kudnyik), Magali's only Autonomous State, is a thin strip of coast in the country's west, bordered by the Magalese Cordillera to the east and Mount Jaldho to the north. It is notable for the fact that its primary language is Silent Tongue, a signed language.

Culture

Silent Coast's most distinctive feature is its culture. Its traditional language is Silent Tongue, the only signed language on Sahar to be used as the primary language by a large community of mostly-hearing people. Silent Tongue is also now used throughout Magali, and, to an extent, Akulanen and Soltenna at large, as the primary language of Deaf people. This development, largely a product of the last 50 years, has met with mixed reactions from the native Tikudnyik themselves but has accompanied the renaissance of Silent Coast as a hub for Deaf immigrants from throughout Sahar.

Other notable features of its traditional culture include a lack of moieties/clans as with all other groups in Magali and non-presence of Uanan festivals, and a traditional complete lack of personal eating utensils along with a totally communal eating style focused around fried seafood, and eclectic styles of dress.

History

Silent Coast was drastically different culturally as late as the 1500s. It was during this timeframe, immediately after the cataclysm of 1483, that refugees from environmental destruction as well as the Bavkir pirates who had started to make inroads began to organize into communities. It so happened that in one such community, a population bottleneck caused by the 1483 tsunami resulted in a high rate of congenital deafness. A signed language began to develop as a primary community language. Given the cultural mixing of this transitional period, where people speaking diverse languages came into contact, this signed language was quickly espoused as the primary regional language.

From then on out, the Silent Coast was utterly transformed culturally from the rest of Magali as a result of the rebuilt culture, even when the Aituxe State occupied the region in 1668. Silent Coast wasn't organized into a formal state, however, until 1781, when the Aituxe State collapsed and Silent Coast broke away as the Silent Coast State. This lasted until 1859, when a treaty was signed incorporating it into the newly formed Magalese Democratic Federation, although the region continued to de facto operate as its own state.

During the upheavals of the early 20th century, Silent Coast legally broke away to become a short-lived union in 1906. Upon the formation of modern Magali in the early 1920s, it was the last part of what is now modern Magali to hold out, and was only incorporated into the rest of the country in 1923 through a series of treaties that guaranteed its autonomous status.

During the 1960s and continuing into the present day, efforts have been made to welcome Deaf people from the rest of Magali and Sahar to Silent Coast on account of the fact that Silent Tongue means it is easy for these people to live more comfortably in Silent Coast. However, before these initiatives the deaf/hard-of-hearing population in Silent Coast was actually quite low, around 0.8%. Thus, it was met with a bit of pushback from many in Silent Coast initially as the new immigrants were unfamiliar with the native culture and accessibility programs had to be set up. Despite this, nowadays everyone lives more or less harmoniously and new immigrants are welcomed.