Falkland, Malvina, South Georgia and Sandwich Islands - The area
around the Falkands was first
discovered to be oil rich in the mid-1990s by the petroleum company
Royal Dutch Shell, oil rigs were immediately constructed causing some
amount of protest from local fishermen, this was largely ignored by the
rest of the world, too concerned about the global collapse to
care. To protect these sites, and to curtail unliscensed fishing,
a naval outpost (mostly made up of a handful of fast patrol boats and a
few helicopters, what you'd call a quick-response anti-smuggler unit)
is estabilished bolstering the existing garrison. Some minor incidents
with Argentina, as a number of fish-poaching ships arrested by the
naval force are Argentinian. This culminates with the 1998
sinking of the Haleys Dream, a legitimate Argentinian fishing vessel
that opened fire on approaching RN vessels. It is theorized that
the Argentinian vessels radio was down (they had reported
radio problems with their last transmission) and it is possible they RN
vessels to be pirates, heavy fog and darkness of night obscuring their
vision. Regardless, once fired upon, the RN unloaded everything
they had into the vessel, a tracer round igniting auxillary fuel drums
stowed on deck. There were no survivors to eplain the Argentinian
vessels reaction, and the incident was the begining of renewed
animosity between Argentina and the EDF, as well as the Falkland
islands that provided the British witht he bases the attack was
launched from. All of this was only more fuel for the fire slowly
smoldering since the notorious Falklands war of the 1980's ending in
the Falklands independence from Argentina in 1982. Argentina has
disputed this ever since, refusing to acknowledge any measure of
independence (going as far as to claim the islands in their
constitution) for the Falklands and viewing the Europeans as hostile
invaders controlling Argentinian soil.
Islanders (natives of UK descent)) 50%, British
25%, European other 15%, Argentinian 5%, other 5%,
After the military coup in Britain in 2001, Argentinians attempted to
reclaim the islands, guessing that British - occupied with home trouble
- wouldn't notice it. However, the plan was uncovered by British
intelligence, and the landing party is followed by a British hunter
sub, and welcomed at the border of Falklands territorial waters by the
British contingent. MLA issued strict warnings to the Argentinian
forces that any attempt to violate the border of Falklands would be
perceived as an act of war, and "responded to with ultimate force,
including nuclear weapons". Argentinian intelligence reported a
number of British "Boomers" (SSBN's) to be off base, presumably in the
South Atlantic. A brief stand-off occurs before the Argentinian fleet
returned withdrew. To prevent any further incidents, the MLA
bolstered the Falklands garrison with troops and aircraft, as well as a
small fleet detached into that area, including a number of
submersibles, and at least one boomer. Preparation is made to
estabilish a full-sized naval base in the archipelago.
Argentina again protests, this time their message gets national
coverage, though it does them little good.
Finally, EU came in with a mediation, which resulted in the base being
built under European banner. A series of agreements is being made,
ensuring that the facility would be operated by the EDF, Argentinian
inspectors will be allowed in, and thatArgentina will be allowed to buy
European military hardware on preferential conditions.
Argentinian fishing corporations were also awarded a number of fishing
licenses and a healthy fishing quota in the Falkland waters were given
to the Argentinian government.
Within a few years, the base was up, and then enlarged to become a
large-scale cold climate and naval training center, administered by
Sternmeyer under EDF jurisdiction (since high-profile military training
ops aren't well accepted by EU pulbic opinion, especially due to
eco-activist protests). Argentinians are calmed down by the possibility
to train their troops there, as well as Argentinian companies winning
several supply & maintenance contracts in the grounds. The EDF
further warmed the treaty with more military technologies being sold to
This new wave of cooperation causes a significant number of Argentinian
citizens to settle on the Falklands, catering to the armed forces, or
working for corporations.
The most prominent corporation in the region is IMA, which has been
given the administration of the fishing. IMA takes on fishing,
although still a number of fisihing licenses remain at the disposal of
Around 2015, the EDF decide to outsource the training grounds to
Sternmeyer, retaining right to train there whenever they wish.
Sternmeyer builds a second base on Falklands (they hadn't been given
the EDF one, which is still in use).
Falklands economy is booming, with the fishing, petroleum and oil
corporations firmly in place. The Falklan islands is also home to the
only commercial reindeer ranches unaffected by the Chernobyl disaster
in the world, of course the commercial market for reindeer is somewhat
skeptical, but its something to hang their hats on.
Tourism in the Falklands has seen a boom, mostly due to the historical
importance of the Falklands war, despite the miserable and cold climate
of the area.
Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) are a British overseas
territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It is a remote and
inhospitable collection of islands, consisting of South Georgia – which
measures approximately 106.25 miles (170 km) by 18 miles (29 km) and is
by far the largest island in the territory – and a group of smaller
islands known as the South Sandwich Islands.
Up to the 60s of the 20th century, the territory was a site of a major
whaling operation – today, the name of South Georgia’s capital,
Grytviken, survives in old sailor shanties only. After the whaling
ceased, South Georgia became home to British arctic research station
(there were also a few other people living there – usually less than
two dozen in total). The territory was, like the Falkland Islands
(Islas Malvinas) claimed by Argentina, and briefly occupied by
Argentinian troops during the Falkland War.
there’s still an arctic research station (as well as a good number of
automated weather stations), but South Georgia and South Sandwich
Islands have been adapted to play an important role in the EU military
operation in the Antarctic region. There’s a naval surveillance post at
Mount Paget on South Georgia, with powerful radar and passive sonar /
hydrophone installations, scattered thorough the region.
Prince Olav Harbour is an another important facility – apart from a
small harbour, there’s an air base, where a handful of long-range
maritime patrol & reconnaissance aircraft are stationed, providing
coverage and intervention capability in the South Atlantic.
The Prince Olav base has also the size and facilities (probably also
the supplies) to accommodate a several hundred strong expeditionary
force with long-ranged air transport, therefore granting the Euros a
force projection capability all over the South Atlantic and Antarctica..
The EDF naval buildup around Drakes Passage
has everyone, especially the Americans, looking nervously in their
direction as the Third South American Conflict is an inevitability at
this point. This situation escalated earlier this year when in
January the EDF Navy operating in the region of Drake's Passage,
arrested a Panamanian banner freighter, the Gaya Negra, sailing from
Northern Nicaragua, carrying a number of chemical WMD containers
destined to Africa. Whereas the cause itself was just, the event was
publicised worldwide, and it became clear for everyne that there was a
possibility of the EDF blocking this tight spot completely. The
Americans were quick to protests against "European military presence in
the Antarctican waters", calling the old UN treaty on demilitarisation
of Antarctica as their backing.
by Mike Van Atta.)