In my story, an artificial island nation is built. I need to give it a name!
If somebody were to build a new nation, how would it be named, and what kinds of names might it get? I'm not interested in a list of names - rather, I want ideas about the process that would be used to select a name, and what types of names would potentially be selected.
Some more details:
This story takes place in a nearly utopian liberal political environment. A federation that is culturally similar to Europe that has a lot of say over what happens in a region approximately a quarter of a hemisphere of the planet in size.
This setting is somewhat post-scarcity - there are still socioeconomic classes, but the lowest classes are similar to the lower-middle class in modern America and each nation can easily afford a very generous welfare program that catches virtually everyone who falls into true poverty. Overall, most nations have a government that is a semi-utopian ideal of how modern democracy should work.
One of the challenges facing this federation is that every country within it is close to overpopulated. Since the federation has an abundance of resources but is continually running out of land for people to live, it has a major program of building artificial islands large enough to become small countries. (The islands are sky islands. This is practical because Magic, and it also allows the islands to be built three-dimensionally, making them have a smaller two-dimensional footprint on a map.) Since the islands are artificial, they don't have a lot of natural resources, so most people who live in them either have white-collar jobs or work in construction, providing maintenance for the islands.
There are a few other federations like this around the world. They have different cultures, but are also somewhat utopian in their own ways, and all of the federations have good relationships with each other. Most people are accepting of people of other races.
If this setting sounds too good to be true, that's what I'm aiming for. The conflict comes from a Lovecraftian force threatening to destroy the stability of this political system.
My story focuses on one particular island that starts its nationhood about halfway through the process of being completed. Other nations and the system of federations don't appear much outside of the backstory. But I think that information is relevant for describing why I want to name an artificial island and helps provide some context for how that island might be named.