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Morstaybishlian Overseas Territory of Saint Matilda
Regional map of St. Matilda near east Gondwana
and largest city
|St. Matildan Creole Ethalrian
|202.92 km2 (78.35 sq mi)
• 2012 census
|269.96/km2 (699.2/sq mi)
|ISO 3166 code
Saint Matilda, often stylised St. Matilda is a Morstaybishlian overseas territory in the Concordian Ocean that is made up of one large island and two uninhabited islets. Apart of the East Antilles, it is located 59.8 km south of the Rook Isle (KVC) 232.2 km from the Gondwanan mainland. Originally apart of the Flax Isles, it remained under Morstaybishlian administration following the 1709 Bursil Agreement, where the Rook and Pulchra Isles were sold to the Vistari Empire. It derives its name from the Prophet Matilda in Thaerist belief. The territory's total area comes to 202.92 km² (78.34 square miles) and reported a population of 54,782 in the 2012 census. It's capital is Bourbonsville.
The Ethalrians were the first Auroran nation to settle on the island. They signed a treaty with the native Andorec peoples in 1658. Morstaybishlia took control of the island from 1660 to 1669. In ensuing years, it was at war with Ethalria six times, and the rule of the island changed frequently (it was ruled three times each by the Ethalrians and Morstaybishlians). In 1705 the Morstaybishlian's took definitive control and administered St. Matilda as apart of the Flax Isles, where ⅔ of the territory was sold in an exchange in 1709.
The island was established as a slave colony that produced primarily Flax produce, but by the late 18th century became a major exporter of tropical fruits, including olives and mangoes to Morstaybishlia through its ideal tropical climate, on plantations which were under horrific conditions and which led to the death of over twenty thousand slave workers. The islands capital, originally named after its settler Berin Vanbere as Vanberetown, was a major slavers hub from Morstaybishlian ventures into east Gondwana, and was renamed after a type of Bourbon whiskey that was created by V. B. Towning in 1851 to become Bourbonsville, which it was later best known for.
Today, Saint Matilda is one of Morstaybishlia's smallest overseas territories. It has representative government through its colonial administration, though several efforts since the 1970s have called for home rule or independence. It has a large population of Andorec descended peoples and a large but minority of Staynish and Calthian settlers from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. It is one of the worlds leading producers of olives and the leading producer of flax-based damasks, lace and sheeting.