BULUT ISLAND TO CHANGE IT'S NAME TO LEVENT, APPROVED BY BOTH REGIONS
The name Bulut was given to the island as a neutral name by the Alkharyan government.
DÖRTKÖŞE - While the country of Alkharya itself might be named Alkharya for short, the name "Alkharya" only compasses the large island in the middle, which is then separated into North and South. The other two entities are the islands of Kent and Teodor off the coast of Etikel, collectively called the Limon Islands (informally the Twin Islands or the Twins) and the Bulut Island, across the city of Poyraz, Kaanpaşa. For centuries, the entire island was called "Levent". There are many theories on where did this name come from, or what it means.
Some say that it was named by Sahrawi seafarers, with the word meaning "young man" or "ship crew". This could possibly be because of many Alkharyan men from the modern-day city of Levent working in ships, whether Sahrawi ships or Alkharyan ships. There are also theories that the word meant "single", probably referring to how marriage was a rare thing in the city back then. The last theory is that Levent means "idle" or "rambling", referencing an era of mass unemployment in the city. The origins of the last two meanings are unknown.
The other theory is that the name came from the Spanish seafarers. According to this theory, the Spaniards saw the island while going somewhere else. Due to its distance and almost a year-long cloudy weather around the island making the shore look foggy, they named the land tierras lejanas, meaning "far lands". They kept this name even after starting trade deals with the folk of Levent. This cloudy weather also lead to the island being named Bulut Island, literally "Cloud Island". But why?
This island was not a calm place, at all. In fact, it saw more violence in the 20th century than Alkharya has ever seen in the last five or six centuries. This is because of the rise of the city of Açelya in the southwest corner of the city. It saw a population boom because of its industry rising. A town which was once a fishing town fading into irrelevancy became huge after it saw the benefits of tourism and textiles. And eventually, it wanted more power. In the middle of the benefits that the region of Levent was sowing, Açelya wanted to be a region.
And it worked- it was approved by all of Alkharya... except Levent. The region was staunchly against the idea because it took half of the island. Menteşe, another town up north, also wanted to join the new region as the trades between Açelya and Menteşe were quite strong at the time. This enraged Levent so much that it declared independence from the rest of Alkharya in 1949, claiming the new region of Açelya with it. Militia from both sides surfaced after Alkharya lost power in the island. The next 20 years were terror attacks after terror attacks, sometimes outside the Bulut Island, most notably in Kaanpaşa, with Açelya and Levent fighting each other, almost forty thousand civilians dying. Eventually, it came to an end in 1985, after a treaty signed in Kaanpaşa. The treaty guaranteed Açelya regionhood and also re-named the island to Bulut Island. The latter was unpopular, and the name "Levent" was still used by many Alkharyans, including the islanders. Today, it makes a resurgence.
In an unexpected meeting, both governors of Açelya and Levent decided to call the whole island Levent once again, and for all. "We have called the land we settled on Levent for centuries, and that has not changed. This neutral name posed by Kaanpaşa is inaccurate and we will not accept it." Governor of Açelya, Onur Kalkovan said after the meeting. "We have met with Tülay Elçi before this and she told us she was fine with the idea of name changing once again." President Tülay Elçi was indeed supportive of the name change and signed it into power this afternoon. "From now on, on all documents, the island will be referred to as Levent or Levent Island. The peace has been established and the greedy government of Levent is now long gone. We will help the island return to its historical roots."
This was Erin Karagül, writing for Dörtköşe.