Turtle Island is an island in Lake Erie claimed by the Kingdom of Northwood-Oregon as Sovereign Land. It was originally claimed by the Kingdom on 11 October 2020 as part of the Three Day Expansion, but was later reaffirmed as a claim after the passage of the Canon Governing Document of the Kingdom of Northwood-Oregon formalized the doctrine of Sovereign Land. The claim was reaffirmed in the Sovereign Land Revisiting Bill which also relinquished the Kingdom's claim over Osme.
Turtle Island Expeditions
The Turtle Island Expeditions refer to two separate expeditions to survey Turtle Island from afar. The first Turtle Island Expedition, which was conducted on 1 August 2021 was unable to approach Turtle Island due to unsafe weather conditions and instead was used to survey the Woodtick Peninsula and surrounding areas. The Second Turtle Island expedition was conducted on 14 August, a day after the passage of the Sovereign Land Revisiting Bill, and was able to approach the island and take multiple photos showing the continuing deteriorating state of the structures on the island. During this expedition, the NOV Unnamed was officially commissioned into the Northwood-Oregonian Navy which Admiral Richard Snyder I as it's head.
Claim dispute with Paloma
In May 2021, it was brought to the attention of Carson Snyder by members of the Paloman government that the Free Socialist State of Paloma also claimed Turtle Island as part of it's territory. It was agreed upon by Snyder and Aidan McGrath, President of Paloma to revisit the issue at a later date and for the new states to maintain their treaty of mutual recognition, which had been ratified on the 1 March.
By August 2021, the issue was brought up in discussion between McGrath and Snyder in private channels, resulting in the creation of the Turtle-Woodtick Agreement in which Paloma would claim the Woodtick Peninsula and in return would also relinquish their claim over Turtle Island. Both parties would also recognize the claims of the other party over the respective territories, and would refuse to recognize claims over the territories made by other parties. The agreement was ratified by the Supreme Paloman on 1 September, and later by the Northwood-Oregonian Parliament on the 9 September. The agreement was then finally signed by McGrath and Snyder on 18 September, bringing it into affect.