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436 sq mi
Martinique (French pronunciation: [maʁtinik]) is an island in the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea, with a land area of 1128 sq km (436 sq mi). The island of Martinique was once an overseas territory of France, and has since joined several other French-speaking former territories in the Republic of the French Southern Territories as a territory. One of the Windward Islands, it is directly north of St. Lucia, northwest of Barbados, and south of Dominica. The island of Martinique was one of the first French-speaking territories outside the Pacific or Indian Oceans to join the republic, and is the Republic's most populous territory in the Caribbean, leading to the creation of a regional capital in the Martinique city of Fort-de-France.
- Main Article: Pre Doomsday History of Martinique
Before Doomsday, the island of Martinique was an overseas region of France. Together with Guadeloupe and French Guiana, Martinique was part of the outermost region of the European Union. The inhabitants of Martinique were regarded as French citizens with full political and legal rights. Martinique would send four deputies to the French National Assembly and two senators to the French Senate.
Martinique was not targeted on Doomsday, sparing the island from initial destruction. After contact was lost with the French government, Martinique contacted French Guiana and other South American nations and territories, realizing the true extent of the nuclear exchange.
Good diplomatic relations were initially established with French Guiana, a fellow French territory in the region. Both areas had managed to keep relative control over their respective local populations. Martinique would declare martial law almost immediately, utilizing its local authorities to control any outbreak of crime.
The sudden drop in French aid and imports ruined the old Martinique economy, which had heavily relied on France for the bulk of its meat, vegetable, and grain requirements. Other aspects of the island's economy, including tourism and agricultural exports suffered greatly from lack of customers. Starvation was high in the first few months after doomsday, requiring the rationing of food among citizens. Local agriculture would continue to grow, and would even be expanded in an effort to increase food production.
A provisional government founded from the local government in existence on the island before doomsday would take responsibility for bringing the island into stability. Trade would be conducted among states of the Caribbean, especially neighboring territories of the former nation of France, including nations such as Guadeloupe , St. Martin, and St. Barthelemey.
Exploration and communication would eventually link the island of Martinique to other French possessions, including the islands of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. In 1999 the assembly of French Polynesia and delegates from New Caledonia would meet to discuss a union of French territories. The République des Terres Française Australes, or Republic of the French Southern Territories, was founded as a collection of former French-administered territories outside of the European continent. The territories of the republic remained mostly autonomous, with regional capitals in Papeete, Tahiti; Nouméa, New Caledonia; Saint-Denis, Réunion, and Fort-de-France, Martinique, however the territories grew to become more united, sharing a common currency, military, which operated mostly as a coast guard to protect trading interests around the islands, and an assembly which represented all territories of the republic.