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French Polynesia
Polynésie française (French)

Pōrīnetia Farāni (Tahitian)

(Part of the RTFA)
Timeline: 1983: Doomsday
OTL equivalent: French Polynesia
Flag of French Polynesia Coat of arms of French Polynesia
Coat of arms
"Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité" (French)
"Liberty, Equality, Fraternity"
French Polynesia on the globe (French Polynesia centered)
French Polynesia highlighted in red, within the Pacific Ocean.
Largest city Fa'a'a
Official languages French
Ethnic groups  66.5% unmixed Polynesians

7.1% mixed Polynesians
11.9% Europeans
9.3% Demis

4.7% East Asians
Demonym French Polynesian

French Polynesia (French: Polynésie française, pronounced: [pɔlinezi fʁɑ̃sɛz]; Tahitian: Pōrīnetia Farāni) is a territory of the Republic of the French Southern Territories, and one of its largest components, housing a regional capital at Papeetē, Tahiti, and a population of over 267,000 people.

Before Doomsday, the islands of French Polynesia were an overseas country (pays d'outre-mer) of the French Republic. Made up of several groups of Polynesian islands, the most famous are Tahiti in the Society Islands group, which is also the most populous island and the seat of the capital of the territory. Although not an integral part of its territory, Clipperton Island is also administered from French Polynesia.

Alongside New Caledonia, the territory of French Polynesia was a founding member of the Republic of the French Southern Territories in 1999, uniting with New Caledonia to form the nation. Since then French Polynesia has welcomed several other French-speaking territories into the union.


Pre Doomsday[]

The islands that would one day make up the territory of French Polynesia were first settled by the indigenous Polynesians, first in the Marquesas Islands by 300 AD, and followed by the Society Islands in 800 AD. The groups on the islands would be organized into loose chieftainships, and continue to grow for several centuries.

Europeans first made contact with the native Polynesians of French Polynesia in 1521 when the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, sailing in the service of the Spanish Crown, sighted Puka-Puka in the Tuāmotu-Gambier Archipelago. In 1722 Dutchman Jakob Roggeveen would came across Bora Bora in the Society Islands, followed by the British explorer Samuel Wallis, who visited Tahiti in 1767. On 1768 the French explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville visited Tahiti, while the British explorer James Cook visited in 1769.

In 1772 The Spanish Viceroy of Peru Don Manuel de Amat ordered a number of expeditions to Tahiti under the command of Domingo de Bonechea, who was the first European to explore all of the main islands beyond Tahiti. A short-lived Spanish settlement was created in 1774. Catholic missions were established by the Spanish, follwed by Protestants from the London Missionary Society, who settled permanently in Polynesia in 1797.

In 1812 King Pōmare II of Tahiti and his subjects converted to Protestantism, after being forced to flee to Mo'orea in 1803. In 1834 the first French Catholic missionaries arrived on Tahiti, and after their expulsion in 1836, France sent a gunboat to the islands two years later. Tahiti and Tahuata were declared a French protectorate, to allow Catholic missionaries to work undisturbed, in 1842. The capital of Papeetē was founded in 1843. In 1880, France annexed Tahiti, changing the status from that of a protectorate to that of a colony.


See Republic of the French Southern Territories.