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Selkie in Diaspora is the name assigned to Selkie moving abroad and staying there. The most often cited number of them is between sixty million and a hundred million people worldwide claiming Selkie-Ancestry with justification.

One of the largest Diasporas is the Kyrenaian-Selkie Community.

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Kyrenaian-Selkie Community

History

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Selkie-Community in Port Arthur

This segment of the Article is WiP. Details may change.

History

The city of Port Arthur had been razed in 2018, its inhabitants mostly fled or killed, and later ceded to Port Ember as a colony.

However, as a lifeless pile of rubble, spanning 13,237 km², it had little value for the Republic, so very soon, the new colonial authorities began to rebuild and repopulate the desolated area. Shortly after the reconstruction project started, Port Ember invited citizens of the Armed Republic of the Chuck and the Free Lands of the Selkie to not only participate in the project, but to also have a share in the governance by sending a representative to the City Council.

Selkie Quarter Port Arthur

Panorama View of the Selkie-Quarter of Port Arthur, towards the South-West.

The prospect of an adventurous and pioneering lifestyle drew many young people from the Icy Shore and the Northern Islands to Port Arthur, the North Eastern District becoming the Selkie-District. The Selkie-Migrants call the city state officially Coilíneacht Port Arthur, but the term Leithinis Bheag, Little Peninsula, has quickly developed into being a slang term.

The Selkie-Quarter is not only known for its happy-go-lucky population, but also their vertical and hydroponic farms, which feed the city with high yield crops like squash and cucumbers. The District is also known to be very green, greenery and plants being grown at every spot, but also for its concrete-and-steel architecture, reminding people alternatively of a garrison of the SDF or of Ironcastle. The main mode of individual transportation is the bicycle.

A little more then five thousand people have migrated to the Selkie-Quarter (2019 census), although it is expected by the Magistrate, that the number stabilizes at around seven thousand people by 2025.

Port Arthur Selkie Girls' High School Students

Two students of the Port Arthur Selkie Girls' High School, in school uniform (although the ties should be pulled up a bit more neatly) along the Conair Canal, looking towards the North East.

Whole pride and joy of the Selkie District is the Port Arthur Selkie Girls' High School and its Sensha-Do Team, the Cailíní Smionagar (Debris Girls), their armoured engineer vehicles (mostly outdated donations by private persons, like Fiona Scáineadh of the Tribe of Monaghan and Kayla Cuach of the Tribe of Wicklow) proving invaluable during the reconstruction as they are perfectly suitable to clear debris with minimal risks from unexploded ordnance. The Selkie-Schools continued the tradition of Younger Militia Training, including the pikemen and their songs marching through the city every now and again, a spectacle soon viewed by tourists.

Culture

Culture-wise, it took the PA-Selkie only a little time until they began to form their own cultural identity, especially due to the comparisons with their Mainland-kinsfolk, but the more they were asked, the more they developed apart, maybe as an act of defiance of what was expected of them and what they, in the end, became. Some of their defiance came back to the Free Lands and inspired artists and people there, too, so it was a co-dependent relationship. In a way, Port Arthur soon became a refuge for artists, who did not want to deal with the corsage of the Mainland, as Viola Macnasach put it in 2024.

One of the most important forms of art and expression, which quickly developed, was street art, visual art created at public locations - while visual arts do happen in the Free Lands, they never were a huge point of attraction. Street art, while at first unsanctioned, became one of the main attractions of the Selkie-Quarter, cooperative street art soon developing, where a number of people worked together on a picture, sometimes over weeks. In 2022, for the first time, such an image was removed in Ironcastle in the Mainland, under a huge public outcry.

In 2020, musical experts began to see the development of a musical style, which became to be known as Selkie-Industrial, their first band being Foirnéis Soinneáin, the Blast Furnace.

Generally, first stories of Diaspora-Literature, as the Selkie call it, will come from Port Arthur in 2021, by a writer from the midst of the Cailíní Smionagar, but by 2025, the University of Fortham will recognize Port Arthur Diaspora-Literature as its own genre, a viewpoint first held and defended by Branwen Blaidd, of Tralee Descent.

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Culture

The culture of the Selkie in Diaspora always influenced the Selkie-Culture in one way or the other, for example when it came to smoking. But over time, especially in the larger communities, they blended their own culture with the culture of their hosting nations, creating something new.

Another important part of the communities are their pets, many people having them - "Just like back home" - and many of them are of Animal Species endemic to the Free Lands. The Grey Wolf is one of the most common.

One of the most important influences on Mainland-Culture in the 21st century is held by the Selkie-Community in Port Arthur,

Diaspora-Literature

The genre of Diaspora-Literature, mostly dealing with the search for the own identity and adapting to the new place - the upwards climb and the downwards spiral, . The first pieces of this literature came into being in 1923, relatively late in the history of Selkie living abroad, with a story by titled The Search.

In 2025, the canon of literature being counted as Selkie Diaspora Literature was enlarged on the instigation of Branwen Blaidd, of Tralee Descent, a young literature scientist and novelist, now also including the literature produced by the Port Arthur Diaspora.

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