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Demilitarization of the Antarctic


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[center][b][size="6"]Southern Cross Foreign Office Announcement[/size][/b]

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[quote][center][size="4"][b]Treaty of Adelaide[/b][/size][/center]

[b]Preamble:[/b]

[i]In the interest of promoting peaceful use of Antarctic Lands, the signatories of this treaty shall acquiesce to promote and further this goal. In the interests of preserving a unique and natural habitat of many threatened species, we sign this treaty to limit usage of weapons and the use of the Antarctic as a military staging and testing ground.[/i]

[b]Article I: Limits of Weapons Testing[/b]

"In the interests of preserving the Antarctic ecosystems, signatories shall seek to limit weapons testing both under-ground/-ice and above it."

[b]Article II: Demilitarization[/b]

"Also in the interests of promoting peaceful scientific research, the use of Antarctica as a staging ground for weapons shall be limited. This will, in case wars break out, make lands that are part of or protected by countries, less of a target that could harm the fragile ecosystem."

[b]Article III: Waste Disposal[/b]

"In an effort to promote the limiting of waste disposal in these waters, the signatories of this treaty shall seek to actively deter and fine individuals who improperly dispose of waste on both land and under the ocean of the Antarctic zone."

[b]Article IV: Emissions[/b]

"To stabilize what Southern Cross scientists have believed to be holes in the Ozone layer near Antarctica, the signatories of this treaty shall seek alternative fuels in order to limit emissions in this fragile environment. Ozone depletion in the southern hemisphere can be shown to have a significant impact on areas leading all the way up to the tropics."

[i]The Undersigned,[/i]

[b][i]For the Southern Cross,[/i][/b]

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[i]Governor General
Confirmed by the Parliament of the Southern Cross[/i]

[i][b]Signed for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland,[/b]
[/i]
[i]Alfred Windsor
King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland[/i]

[i][b]Signed for the Union of Indonesia and Malaysia,[/b][/i]

[i]Suhadi Kalla,
Union President[/i][/quote]

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The treaty had been a matter of internal politics for many months between environmental groups and the Southern Cross government, as many felt that the Southern Cross' presence in the Antarctic was much more strategic than anything else. In an effort to reduce that feeling throughout the environmentalist community, this was a recent surge by the Foreign Ministry and the Economic Ministry, as well as the scientific community. A depletion of Ozone over the Antarctic, or the destabilization of the continent could be dangerous for Australia, as it was bound to be effected by changing weather patterns because of the shift.

The treaty was presented formally by diplomats to foreign ministries worldwide, in an effort to increase awareness of this new environmental legislation on the table.

As for the Southern Cross, although with no existing military facilities in the Antarctic, it would mark a shift in how research teams operated in the territory.

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"We ask for clarification on Article I: through 'signatories shall seek to limit weapons testing both under-ground/-ice and above it', do that mean signatories will not be permitted to conduct weapons testing in the Antarctic Lands? The wording of that particular Article was not clear."

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[quote name='JEDCJT' timestamp='1303497559' post='2696809']
"We ask for clarification on Article I: through 'signatories shall seek to limit weapons testing both under-ground/-ice and above it', do that mean signatories will not be permitted to conduct weapons testing in the Antarctic Lands? The wording of that particular Article was not clear."
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"Basically, it means that all countries should seek to curb any weapons testing going on in Antarctica, it doesn't say end completely. Of course, that would be an end goal, but it won't be required by this legislation. The Southern Cross itself will [i]not[/i] be using its Antarctic lands for weapons testing of any kind."

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"Very well. In that regard, the Union of Indonesia and Malaysia will submit its signatures. I have been granted authority to sign treaties on behalf of the Union President himself, as he is still in the Union of the Southern Cross."

Signed for the [b]Union of Indonesia and Malaysia[/b],
[i]Suhadi Kalla,
Union President[/i]

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[quote name='king of cochin' timestamp='1303547908' post='2697589']
The Kingdom of Cochin shall not be signing this treaty. The military and research activities that are currently going on at the Station Gangothri, the Cochin Antarctic Territory shall continue unhindered.
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"That is, of course, the Kingdom of Cochin's prerogative, and it will not effect any of our relations with the Kingdom in any way."

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[quote name='Triyun' timestamp='1303595615' post='2698003']
The UFE will sign it so long as our maritime forces are allowed to have sufficient weapons to fight off criminal syndicates engaged in piracy, poaching, and polluting.
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"Of course, the treaty only pertains to [i]limiting[/i] weapons, military activities, and other things that could threaten the ecosystem of the continent, not wholesale banning of weapons. Weapons used to disperse and stop, as well as enforce law enforcement activities and civilian rule of law are seen as pivotal, especially to protecting wildlife, and enforcing use of the seas and Article III of this legislation."

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