With a decisive 12% margin, Aelurians overwhelmingly rejected the offer of independence yesterday, voting 56-44% to remain a part of the Federation of Lauchenoiria, albeit with the promise of further devolved powers. The result definitively closes one chapter of the Lauchenoirian Civil War.
Group Special Envoy for the Lauchenoirian Conflict, and de facto Guarantor of the Haven Accords, former Sanctarian Deputy Prime Minister Robert Smyth, today welcomed the result saying that “self-determination is the cornerstone of a free and peaceful civilisation. The Aelurian people today made the decision to remain Lauchenoirian, and we will respect and uphold that decision”. He also confirmed, when validating the results, there was no foul play or interference suspected.
Sanctarian Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Brian Young, echoed Smyth’s sentiments, adding that “regardless of the outcome decided, Sanctaria would stand by her friends in Aeluria and Lauchenoiria. We are delighted to see this particular question resolved, and look forward to further relations with the whole Federation of Lauchenoiria”.
Interim Prime Minister of Lauchenoiria, Keitha Noguera, a former First Minister of Aeluria, has stayed out of the whole independence debate given her position, but today she issued a statement asking for all communities to come together. She commited that further devolution would occur once a new constitution was decided, and new elections held.
It is believed that the question of self-sustainability was the deciding factor in many Aelurian’s vote, though no exit poll was conducted to validate those suspicions. It is also believed a small section of Aelurians feared that the Matriarchy of Kerlile, a foreign autocratic state, would attempt to influence or undermine any independent state of Aeluria. The result of 56-44 puts to bed any discussion of Aelurian independence for a generation at least.