Federated States of Antarctica

Flag Coat of arms
"Superstes Per Laborem"
(Survival Through Hardships)
"O' Antarctica"
and largest city
Official languages English (de facto)
Recognised regional languages French, Spanish
Demonym Antarctican
Government Federal Presidential Republic
Joseph Eriksson
Timothy Harknell
Legislature Parliament
House of Councillors
House of Representatives
• Total
14,000,000 km2 (5,400,000 sq mi)
• 2015 estimate
• 2015 census
• Density
10.3/km2 (26.7/sq mi)
GDP (PPP) 2015 estimate
• Total
$32 Billion
• Per capita
Currency Antarctican Dollar (ANT)
Time zone (UTC-3 to +12)
Drives on the left
Internet TLD .aa
The Federated States of Antarctica commonly known as Antarctica is a sovereign state located in the Earth's southernmost continent, Antarctica. Antarctica is the world's southernmost sovereign state and is composed of five states and one unincorporated territory, the South Pole. Antarctica is the world's most sparsely populated country, aswell as being the coldest on average. Antarctica has a total population of 1.3 million people as of 2015, the majority of which live in and around the capital and largest city, Amundsen located on the Antarctic Peninsula, and is the world's most Southern capital. 

Antarctica is one of the world's largest exporters of Oil and Minerals. The discovery and ability to extract Antarctica's mineral wealth has been crucial to the country's survival, having to import much of its resources, and has led to country's economic boom during the 19th and 20th centuries. Antarctica is one of the world's harshest countries to live in due to the extreme cold all year round. Summer months in the coastal regions where the entirety of the population resides can experience summers with above freezing temperatures. 97% of the country is completely uninhabitable, with the 3% of the habitable land located in the coastal regions of the continent. Antarctica's economy most revolves around the continent's Mineral Wealth, Scientific Research and Tourism. Antarctica has been ranked one of the least affected states worldwide by the 2008 Financial Crisis through its government's informed economic decisions and the significant amount of state ownership of the Antarctican economy. 

Antarctica is a Federation of Five States and One Unincorporated Territory. The President is both the Head of State and Government, who leads the executive branch of the Federal Government. The Parliament of Antarctica acts as the bicameral Federal legislative body consisting of the House of Councillors and the House of Representatives. The President is indirectly elected every five years in the General Election through the lower house of Parliament. The party, or coalition, with the most seats in the House of Representatives has their leader of Presidential candidate elected as the President. The current President of Antarctica is Joseph Eriksson of the Progressive Party.

The de facto national language of Antarctica is English, which is the most widely spoken language across the country. Other major official spoken languages across Antarctica at a state level include French, Spanish and Russian. Other minor languages include Norwegian and German. Antarctica is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and holds close ties with the English-speaking world. Antarctica is a culturally diverse nation, consisting of citizens from various backgrounds the majority of which are of Western European ancestry from the original Antarctic settlers in the 18th and 19th centuries. Since then, Antarctica has become a major base for Scientific and Archaeological research as it holds huge amounts of key evidence as to how the Earth was formed and was like before human habitation.


The name Antarctica is the romanized version of the Greek compound word ἀνταρκτική (antarktiké), feminine of ἀνταρκτικός (antarktikos), meaning "opposite to the Arctic." The first formal use of the name "Antarctica" as a continental name in the 1890s is attributed to the Scottish cartographer John George Bartholomew.

The official state name for Antarctica, is the Federated States of Antarctica in English. It is also called États Fédérés de l'Antarctique in French and Estados Federados de la Antártida in Spanish. The common name is Antarctica in English, Antarctique in French, and Antártida in Spanish. Additionally, in Norwegian it is known as Antarktis. 




Painting of Dumont d'Urville's Ship landing in Antarctica

Antarctica has no indigenous population and there is no evidence that it was seen by humans until the 19th century. However, belief in the existence of a Terra Australis, a vast continent in the far south of the globe to "balance" the northern lands of Europe, Asia and North Africa, had existed since the times of Ptolemy, who suggested the idea to preserve the symmetry of all known landmasses in the world. Even in the late 17th century, after explorers had found that South America and Australia were not part of the fabled 'Antarctica', geographers believed that the continent was much larger than its actual size.

European maps continued to show this hypothesized land until Captain James Cook's ships, HMS Resolution and Adventure, crossed the Antarctic Circle on 17 January 1773, in December 1773 and again in January 1774. Cook came within about 75 miles of the Antarctic coast before retreating in the face of field ice in January 1773.

The first confirmed sighting of Antarctica can be narrowed down to the crews of ships captained by three individuals in 1820, Von Bellinghausen of the Imperial Russian Navy, Edward Bransfield of the Royal Navy and Nathaniel Palmer a Sealer. However the first confirmed landing on continental Antarctica did not occur until 1895 at Cape Adair however landings on small islands and surrounding islets had occured since the 1840's. On 22 January 1840, two days after the discovery of the coast west of the Balleny Islands, some members of the crew of the 1837 to 1840 expedition of Jules Dumont d'Urville disembarked on the highest islet of a group of rocky islands about 4 km from Cape Géodésie on the coast of Adélia where they took some mineral, algae and animal samples.

Explorer James Clark Ross passed through what is now known as the Ross Sea and discovered Ross Island (both of which were named for him) in 1841. He sailed along a huge wall of ice that was later named the Ross Ice Shelf. Mount Erebus and Mount Terror are named after two ships from his expedition: HMS Erebus and Terror. Mercator Cooper landed in East Antarctica on 26 January 1853.

During the Nimrod Expedition led by Ernest Shackleton in 1907, parties led by Edgeworth David became the first to climb Mount Erebus and to reach the South Magnetic Pole. Douglas Mawson, who assumed the leadership of the Magnetic Pole party on their perilous return, went on to lead several expeditions until retiring in 1931. In addition, Shackleton himself and three other members of his expedition made several firsts in December 1908 to February 1909, they were the first humans to traverse the Ross Ice Shelf, the first to traverse the Transantarctic Mountains, and the first to set foot on the South Polar Plateau. An expedition led by Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen from the ship Fram became the first to reach the geographic South Pole on 14 December 1911, using a route from the Bay of Whales and up the Axel Heiberg Glacier. One month later, the doomed Scott Expedition reached the pole. 


During the initial Age of Discovery of Antarctica, many colonies were founded along the coastal areas, which mainly focused on Whaling and Sealing activities during the 1870's, alongside many others which were set up to assist ships reaching Antarctica. However the colonisation of Antarctica grew rapidly in popularity upon the discovery Antarctic mineral reserves in the early 20th century with the first expedition to tap these reserves in 1885 with the establishment of colonies in what is now known as the state of Adélia by Gaulish expiditionaries the town of Urville was named after Gaulish expiditionary who first disocvered the region in 1843. 

Throughout the period of 1890's to 1910 many other settlements were established with the rush to discover and exploit Antarctic Coal which were becoming more and more crucial for the industrial development of Europe after much of Europe's own coal reserves had become depleted following the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. The notable Albish and Gaulish colonies such as Amundsen and Urville were later joined by Norwegian, Russian and Spanish colonies such as Santa Maria. During the 20th century these colonies and mines became more industrialised and experienced an influx of workers from across the world. These settlements relied on the exports of minerals and oil in exchange for vital resources needed to sustain the populace. This began Antarctica's reliance on its industries of Fishing and Mining during the 1920's.




Justice and Law Enforcement

Administrative Divsions

See Main: States of Antarctica

Antarctica is a federation composed of a permanant union of five states and one unicorporated territory. In turn these may be grouped into two regions, East Antarctica and West Antarctica. The states of Antarctica have nominal self-governance and determination however due to Antarctica's small population and population density the Antarctican Central government has a considerable amount of power over the states' domestic affairs. Antarctica's single unicorporated territory, known as the South Pole is a de facto territory of Antarctica despite having no permanent population or governance of any kind. 

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