Antarctic Region is the portion of the continent of Antarctica lying between 90° west and 150° west.
In early 2006 Jeremy left the United States wishing to form a country of his own. It would be modeled after the U. S. in many ways, but more libertarian, and with a more strict constitution.
Jeremy traveled to the continent and set up camp at the coast, exactly half way between the borders (the coast at longitude 120° W). This became the town of Antarctica City. A roadway was constructed running along the 120 meridian to the south pole (home of the Admunsen-Scott Research Base).
Initially, settlement was slow. Building costs were high and there was little incentive to move. However, shortly thereafter the realization of energy sources lead to a rush of settlement. Antarctica is light for six months, and dark for six months. During the daylight season a very high amount of solar radiation hits the continent. This can be used directly during the daylight season, and stored to use during the night season. While building cost were high, operating costs could be greatly reduced. Therefore, industries rushed to the continent, and with them came settlers. Soon, factories popped up along the meridian road and around Antarctica City, most notably automobile manufacturers.
Due to Antarctica's harsh climate, life must be lived differently than in much of the world. Buildings are very heavily insulated, and solar heated. They are pole structures built off of the ground, to avoid melting out their foundations. Electricity is also solar generated; this is typically on a per-building basis. The majority of dwellings are units sold out of government-administered buildings, although some wealthier individuals build their own dwellings. The landscape is nothing but snow and ice. Roadways and sidewalks are roughened patches of ice. Motor vehicles resemble large snowmobiles- rear tracks and front skis.
For a more "temperate" living, many indoor parks, natatoriums, amusement parks, etc. exist. Travel outside is limited. When one does travel outside, it is necessary to wear very thick suits, with full head shields with tinted lenses. This created a problem early on- when outside, people could not tell who eachother was! Early solutions included sewing nametags or other noticable artwork onto these suits. Newer technology has brought 360° helmets (reminiscent of the "space suits" of 1950s cartoons), which allow one's whole head to be visible and still protected.
Curbs and footings can not be made of poured concrete as in temperate areas. Instead, insulated, heated tanks carry water (typically at 40°-50°F), which is sprayed into forms. It freezes in minutes and holds tight. Other construction is manufactured from steel. Roadway bridges are coated with ice much like asphalting. Also, many things using air need preheating- outdoor suits have breathing tubes that snake from the outside of the helmet, around the body, to the inside. Internal combustion engines hae very little cooling needed, but require heaters on the air intakes.
Education is entirely government-operated. K-12 schooling is required. Tertiary schools are government-operated, but require payment (deferred for low-income students). These schools vary in scope, from vocational certifications to doctorate degrees.
The government is comprised of three branches. The legislative branch is a unicameral legislature, with districts required to have nearly the same population in each (+/- 1%). The executive branch is the head of government, and consists of an elected president. Offices in both branches have term limits of three three-year terms. The judicial branch, the head of state and responsible for interpreting the constitution, is Premier Jeremy. He will be replaced by a 13 person panel should he be unable to perform. A panel of 13 is preselected; if someone on that panel loses eligibility, Jeremy will name replacements. Lower courts also exist with elected judges.
Jeremy and judiciary branch officials are members of the military as grade O-11. They customarily wear the O-11 military uniform; it is worn under the judges' robe during court sessions. When the panel is used, a rotating chief-judge presides. Following the panel's taking over the judiciary, the judges will be appointed by public law, passed by the legislature and signed by the president.
Incorporated cities have their own government. The only current incorporation is Antarctica City. Citizens outside of cities are under the domain of the national government. Cities only operate the lowest-level courts; appeals are handled in the national court.
There are two principle roadways- the Coastal Highway, which runs from the Russkaya Research Station to the 90W boundary (where there is a port linking to Peter I Island), and the Meridian Highway, which runs along the 120th W meridian from the Coastal Highway to the South Pole. They meet at Antarctica City.
The military provides both local and national protection. It is comprised of three branches- land defense, air defense, and sea defense.
Military pay grades
|E-2||Airman FC||Private FC||Seaman FC|
|E-3||Ensign||Lance Corporal||Petty Officer|
|E-4||Ensign FC||Corporal||Chief Petty Officer|
|E-6||Sergeant Specialist||Sergeant Specialist||Sergeant Specialist|
|E-7||Staff Sergeant||Staff Sergeant||Staff Sergeant|
|E-8||Gunnery Sergeant||Gunnery Sergeant||Gunnery Sergeant|
|E-9||First Gunnery Sergeant||First Gunnery Sergeant||First Gunnery Sergeant|
|E-10||Master Sergeant||Master Sergeant||Master Sergeant|
There are no promotions beyond E-10; however, obtaining this rank is one of two qualifiers for officer training. The other is a bachelor's degree in military science. Officers in training are pay grade OIT (Cadet), above E-10 and below O-1. Completion of officer training awards a masters in military science and gives the rank of O-1; doctorates in military science also exist.
|O-1||2nd Lieutenant||2nd Lieutenant||2nd Lieutenant|
|O-2||1st Lieutenant||1st Lieutenant||1st Lieutenant|
|O-3||Lieutenant Commander||Lieutenant Commander||Lieutenant Commander|
|O-7||Controller||Lieutenant Colonel||Vice Commodore|
|O-9||Marshall||Lieutenant General||Vice Admiral|
|O-11||Jeremy or member of 13 person judiciary panel (branch indistinct)|
|0-11 uniform color|