The barely functioning Federal Somali Government (F.S.G.) is pushing forward this fall to replace its original system of small administrative regions with large autonomous “regional states,” officially enshrining a fragmentation that has been going on over a quarter-century of civil war. But the plan is running into problems, notably with outbreaks of factionalism and fighting in the central Galmudug and Hiiraan regions. Some say it is long past time to abandon the whole idea of Somali unity.
|It’s only gotten more complicated since.|
|Puntlanders with their flag|
|Mudug + Galgaduud = Galmudug|
|Warring Ahlu Sunna factions make a stable Galmudug difficult to achieve.|
|Somalian subdivisions—old style ...|
|... and old old style.|
|The flag of Hiiraan State|