Siple Island

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Siple Island (Micronation) Grand Duchy of Flandrensis

Location of Siple Island

Location: Antarctica
Coordinates 73°39'S, 125°12'W
Area: 6390 km2
Length: 110 km
Highest mount: Mount Siple
Micronation: Grand Duchy of Flandrensis

Siple Island is a 110 km long snow-covered island lying east of Wrigley Gulf along the Getz Ice Shelf off Bakutis Coast of Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica. Its centre is located at 73°39′S 125°12′W73.65°S 125.2°W.

Its area is 6,390 km² and it is dominated by the dormant shield volcano Mount Siple, rising to 3,110 m - making this the 17th ranking island in the world by maximum altitude. Island and mountain were named by the United States Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names (US-ACAN) in 1967 in honor of the Antarctic explorer Paul A. Siple (1908 - 1968), member of Admiral Byrd's expeditions.


Starting as a virtual micronation, Niels of Flandrensis carefully searched territory to claim. On November 22, 2008 Niels transformed Flandrensis in an Antarctic micronation by claiming Siple Island (73°39'S, 125°12'W ). The Antarctic Treaty prevented any new claims on Antarctica by countries. To get around this, Niels claimed the land as an individual and then founded a country, the Grand Duchy of Flandrensis, upon it.

The Grand Duke contacts Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, New Zealand, Norway, the United Kingdom and Russia (the important countries of the Antarctic Treaty). He also contact the embassies of Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Liberia, Ghana, Togo, Gambia, Barbados, San Marino, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco and the Vatican City to inform them about his claim on Siple Island. In December 2009 he send letters to the U.N. and the E.U. On this moment all those nations ignore this claim.

See also

Siple War



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