Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Northern Antarctica

Another entry from Michael5000's Forgotten Lands:

Republic of Northern Antarctica

Capital: New Bristol
Population: 34,881 (1998)
Area: borders undefined
Independence: 1982
Economy: Based on tourism, supplemented by modest mineral exports and seasonal commercial fishing. Visiting scientific missions are a significant source of revenue. Heavily dependant on imports for manufactured goods and foodstuffs.
Per Capita Income: US$52,080
Literacy Rate: 100%

When Disraeli made his famous remark that "the Frenchman yearns for glory as the Northern Antarctican yearns for summer," he revealed as much about the latter nationality as the former. While the long, dark, and of course extremely cold winters make life on "the Underside" challenging, natives can look forward to the relatively mild summer, with its influx of tourists from all over the world and its frequent days of 24-hour sunshine.

Northern Antarctica has the unusual distinction of being the only country to span all 24 time zones – although a few of these are home only to two or three isolated settlers. Eighty-seven percent of Northern Antarcticans live in the country's four "cities" – of which the largest, Queen Maud, has a population of only 9400. None of the cities are connected to each other by road, due to the difficulty of building and maintaining highways in the harsh local environment. AntarticAir, the national airline, is the cities' primary connection to each other and to the outside world. It is the country's largest employer.

Few issues are more hotly debated among Northern Antarcticans than petroleum exploration. Exploiting Antarctic oil reserves would undoubtedly lead to much growth and economic development, but many fear that such rapid growth would destroy the existing Northern Antarctic way of life.

Flag: Three horizontal stripes of light blue, deep blue, and white. The design is pictographic, representing the typical view seen daily by the North Antarctican: ice in the foreground, the polar sea stretching to the horizon, and the pale Antarctic sky overhead.

National Anthem: "Land of Long Winters."

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At Sunday, September 14, 2008 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What, no love for Esperanza?

At Sunday, September 14, 2008 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

ummm... OK... care to elucidate? I have no idea what you are talking about.

At Tuesday, December 02, 2008 , Blogger Ncohrnt said...

Don't you mean the flag represents a North Antartican's view?

At Wednesday, December 03, 2008 , Blogger Cartophiliac said...

Why, yes. Yes I did.


It will be corrected.


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