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Republic of the French Southern Territories
République des Terres Françaises Australes
Timeline: 1983: Doomsday
Flag Coat of Arms
Flag Coat of Arms
Location of RFA
Location of RFA
Motto
Liberté, égalité, fraternité
("Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood")
Capital
(and largest city)
Papeete, Tahiti; Nouméa, New Caledonia; Saint-Denis, Réunion and Fort-de-France, Martinique
Language
  official
 
French
  others Tahitian, Wallisian, Futunan, Maore, Reunion creole, Antillean creole, New Caledonian languages
High Commissioner of French Polynesia Edouard Fritch
High Commissioner of New Caledonia Yves Dassonville
High Commissioner of the R.T.A. Edouard Fritch
Area 36297,9 km²
Population est. 3.000.000 
Established 1999
Currency R.F.A. - Franc

The Republic of the French Southern Territories (in French: République des Terres Françaises Australes) is a collection of former French-administered territories outside of the European continent. It was formed after the union of French Polynesia and New Caledonia, and grew to include most of the former overseas France. Today, it is the driving force behind the "Seventh Republic" movement.

Territory[]

Territories currently held by the RTA:

Pacific[]

Caribbean[]

The three départements of the Caribbean are under a single government, the French Antillies (AF).

Indian Ocean[]

Mauritius and the Seychelles, though not parts of the RTA, have a close relationship with the RTA. Many analysts have compared it to the associate states of the Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand.

The RTA is also involved in a dispute with Canada about the ownership of the North Atlantic islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon.

History[]

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Background[]

By the 1980s, the once vast French colonial empire had been reduced to a few small possessions scattered around the world; the last to gain independence had been Djibouti in 1977 and Vanuatu, a condominium shared with the United Kingdom, in 1980. The French Republic jealously guarded its sovereignty over its remaining colonies despite their small size, viewing them as essential for maintaining the country's role as a world power. France invested in infrastructure, worked to discredit movements for independence, and resisted attempts by other countries to gain influence in France Outre-mer.

Since the end of World War II, Guiana, Martinique, Guadeloupe, and Réunion had been classified as overseas departments of France, considered part of the Republic's integral territory. The rest of Outre-mer were considered overseas territories. Their people were French citizens, but their lands were considered external. France's policy toward both was managed by the Ministry of the Outre-mer.

All of the overseas departments and territories had a military presence, and some had substantial armed forces. But their strategic objective was to maintain French sovereignty, not to fight the next world war. This corresponded with France's ambivalent stance toward NATO: though it was a member, it had withdrawn from its unified command structure and no longer stationed troops along the inner German border. Soviet strategists predicted that in a nuclear war, these overseas troops would concentrate on shoring up French control of its territories rather than joining with France's allies to mount a counterattack.

For these reasons, the entirety of Overseas France suffered only one nuclear strike when war broke out on Doomsday, 25-26 September 1983. This target was Hao Atoll, a remote spot in the Tuamotu archipelago of French Polynesia. Hao hosted the Pacific Experimentation Center (CEP), a large air base that served as the control center for France's controversial testing program for its nuclear weapons. At any given time, Hao was likely to have weapons on site, or at least nuclear components and materials, which Soviet planners wanted to deny to the West. The missile strike on Hao killed a thousand residents and some three thousand military and civilian personnel. It released fallout that affected nearby islands in the Tuamotus. Outside Hao, the bases and population centers of Overseas France were not damaged.

Military[]

Due to a large number of immigrants who joined the French Foreign Legion after Doomsday on 26 September 1983, and because most of the Legion was overseas at the time, the defense of the RTA is mainly the responsibility of the Legion, with central headquarters based in New Caledonia.

The present-day French military utilizes a mixture of the remaining 1980s "homegrown" equipment and those bought from the ANZC and the SAC. Dassualt remains a major designing firm, although producing the aircraft they design is contracted to other firms such as CAC in the ANZC, Pilatus in the Alpine Confederation and Embraer in Brazil.

Government[]

In 1999, on the initiative of the French community in New Zealand, the remaining French-speaking territories, initially the Pacific ones, declared the re-installation of the French Republic as the Sixth Republic, with co-capitals located in Papeete, Tahiti and Nouméa, New Caledonia. Formally it consisted of these territories along with the French possessions Crozet, Kerguelen and Clipperton Islands, though no permanent bases have been established there yet. These are considered due to recent changes in the climate. With the "rediscovery" of the French mainland, there are hopes of bringing the entirety of the French people once again under one banner; there is support among many in both the RTA and the European survivor states. There are calls for a comprehensive survey of post-Doomsday France, aiming to foster unity among the peoples.

The High Commissioner of the RTFA represents the French community in the League of Nations. Cedric Wairafea, formerly the Commissioner, became the Secretary General of the League of Nations in November of 2011, and was replaced as Commissioner by Edouard Fritch.

See also[]

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