Talk:Falkland Islands

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Featured article Falkland Islands is a featured article; it (or a previous version of it) has been identified as one of the best articles produced by the Wikipedia community. Even so, if you can update or improve it, please do so.
Main Page trophy This article appeared on Wikipedia's Main Page as Today's featured article on January 6, 2015.
Wikipedia CD Selection
WikiProject icon Falkland Islands is included in the Wikipedia CD Selection, see Falkland Islands at Schools Wikipedia. Please maintain high quality standards; if you are an established editor your last version in the article history may be used so please don't leave the article with unresolved issues, and make an extra effort to include free images, because non-free images cannot be used on the DVDs.
Version 0.5      (Rated FA-Class)
Peer review This Geography article has been selected for Version 0.5 and subsequent release versions of Wikipedia. It has been rated FA-Class on the assessment scale.

"Part of the UK"[edit]

An editor added an edit summary, "The FI's is a British overseas territory, in other words it's part of the UK. This Article is about the UK's claim."[1] In fact, no sources claim it is part of the UK. TFD (talk) 21:51, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

The Falkland Islands are most definitely not a part of the UK, nor or they likely a sovereign state (as seems to also be indicated by that edit). See the first sentence of British_Overseas_Territories and sources for more info.Levelledout (talk) 23:26, 29 March 2015 (UTC)
Not a part of the UK per se, but jurisdiction and sovereignty of them does belong to the UK, so British Overseas Territory is correct but the editor trying to insert "part of the UK" is wrong. Situation is just like Puerto Rico and the United States. Mabuska (talk) 19:38, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
Unfortunately there is a major discussion at Talk:United States about whether Puerto Rico is part of the US. TFD (talk) 06:05, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
Which has nothing to do with this article. It is only the legal status of the Falklands that counts, not how another nation administers it's territory.Slatersteven (talk) 08:23, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
So Basicly other entities like Greenland or Hong Kong legally aren't part of the People's Republic of China nor the Danish Realm, even though most countries recognize them as part of the country of which they are part of. As well as many of the inhabitants of the territories, and various sources would say that they are. Seqqis (talk) 04:45, 4 April 2015 (UTC)
There is a constitutional difference. Greenland is a constituent country of the Kingdom of Denmark and Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. The constitutions of those territories designate them as part of their respective sovereign state. Whereas the Falkland Islands Constitution and UK legislation clearly define British Overseas Territories and the Crown Dependencies as dependent territories of the United Kingdom but not part of the sovereign state itself. --Philip Stevens (talk) 10:31, 4 April 2015 (UTC)
Mr Steven's comments are right on the money, dependent territories are not part of the parent state. WCMemail 11:13, 4 April 2015 (UTC)
Right. It is always dangerous to try to map the constitutional arrangements of special/overseas territories of one country on to another because the situations are almost never the same. Kahastok talk 12:08, 4 April 2015 (UTC)
Hong Kong, like the Falklands, was once a British overseas territory, but not a part of the UK, it was part of China. And America, Canada, Australia, India and numerous other countries were once subject ot the UK, but were never part of the UK. When Iraq was governed by Paul Bremer, it did not become part of the U.S. TFD (talk) 07:01, 8 April 2015 (UTC)
Yes. There are different arrangements regarding the relations between mother countries and their overseas possessions. In some cases, such as the French overseas territories, they are formally part of the the French Republic itself, even if they are geographically far away from France. In the case of the British overseas terrtories, however, they are independent entities, not part of the United Kingdom. Probably every country, which has such terrtories, has its own system. Perhaps the French one is smartest. French Guiana is not on the United Nations list of non-self-governing territories, because it is administered in the same way as regions in Metropolitan France. --Muniswede (talk) 20:51, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

User Viet-hoian1 is trying to insert politics and personal opinion into the article.[edit]

User Viet-hoian1 is trying to insert politics and personal opinion into the article by adding "Islas Malvinas" to all mentions of the islands. Can't the article be protected from this sort of Vandalism? 23:43, 21 April 2015 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by OrangeJacketGuy (talkcontribs)

Yes. The name in English is the Falkland Islands. The name they are know by in the islands is the Falkland Islands. They have many other names in other languages, and those will be used on other language Wikipedias. Argentina's claim has no status in international law, and so is not part of the formal name, or a name used internationally by countries other than Spanish speaking ones.--JohnBlackburnewordsdeeds 03:13, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
The correct use of the Falklands/Malvinas naming is described in Wikipedia:Naming conventions (geographic names)#Falkland Islands. The article is fine as it is, Viet-hoian1 is breaking the rule with his edits. Cambalachero (talk) 12:54, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
We already mention in the first sentence that the Spanish name is Malvinas and later explain how they had originally named it and that Argentina claims the islands. There is no need to repeat Malvinas every time Falklands is used in the article. TFD (talk) 16:00, 22 April 2015 (UTC)


I suggest changing "The Falkland Islands (/ˈfɔːlklənd/; Spanish: Islas Malvinas [malˈβinas]) are an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean on the Patagonian Shelf." by "The Falkland Islands (/ˈfɔːlklənd/; Spanish: Islas Malvinas [malˈβinas]) are an archipelago in the South Atlantic Ocean on the Patagonian Shelf annexed by the United Kingdom."

Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:34, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

Dream on. Mabuska (talk) 23:33, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
I didn't mean to sound rude in my last comment, but seriously there is no chance. Mabuska (talk) 00:04, 27 April 2015 (UTC)


Every single disputed territory article as Ireland let the main article deals with the island itself, instead of the political entity. What's the difference here? Guidaw (talk) 15:44, 27 May 2015 (UTC)

The dispute is only mentioned in the "History" and "Sovereignty dispute" sections. There are plenty of other sections that deal with with island-specific topics, with no relation to the dispute. Have in mind that Ireland is a centuries old important country, and the Falklands are a small country subdivision (of whichever country they were a part of; they have never been an independent nation) with a low population. It should be no surprise that the article on Ireland will be longer and with much more information that this one. Cambalachero (talk) 16:15, 27 May 2015 (UTC)
I think the issue may be a misunderstanding of Ireland. Ireland (the island) is split into two completely different jurisdictions and neither is disputed (the Republic used to claim the North, but gave up that claim under the Good Friday Agreement). So the situation there is quite different. This article follows the normal rule in terms of covering disputed territory on Wikipedia. Kahastok talk 22:33, 27 May 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 15 July 2015[edit]

The Falklands are one of the world's most important penguin breeding sites, and yet penguins are barely mentioned at all in this article. There is no penguin population data. Suggest adding peer-reviewed scientific publications quoting reliable popluation data and population changes: Rockhopper penguins: 1984 - 2,500,000 breeding pairs (Croxall, J.P., McInnes, S.J. and Prince P.A. - (1984) The status and conservation of seabirds at the Falkland Islands. In Status and conservation of the world's seabirds, ICBP Technical Publication No.2, (ed. J.P. Croxall, P.G.H. Evans and R.W. Schreiber), 271-291, ICBP, Cambridge.) 1995 - 300,000 breeding pairs (Bingham, M. (2002) The decline of Falkland Islands penguins in the presence of a commercial fishing industry. Revista Chilena de Historia Natural 75: 805-818.) 2015 - 189,503 breeding pairs (Mercopress online, July 15th 2015 - This rapid and on-going decline in penguins is due to the reduction of food availability caused by the removal of large quantities of fish and squid by the Falklands commercial fishing industry, causing lack of food and longer foraging trips during chick rearing, leading to low reproductive success. These same species in nearby Chile and Argentina are protected from commercial fishing by no-fishing zones and are increasing in population. Peer-reviewed scientific publications stating this are: 1. (Bingham, M. (2002) The decline of Falkland Islands penguins in the presence of a commercial fishing industry. Revista Chilena de Historia Natural 75: 805-818.) 2. (Bingham, M and Herrmann, T (2008) Magellanic Penguin Monitoring Results for Magdalena Island 2000-08. Anales Instituto Patagonia (Chile) 36(2): 19-32.) 3. (Luna G, Hennicke J, Wallace R, Simeone A, Wolfaardt A, Whittington P, Ellis S and McGovern M (2002) Spheniscus Penguin Conservation Workshop Final Report, IUCN/SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, Apple Valley, USA. 83pp. 4. Patterson KR (1987) Fishy events in the Falkland Islands. New Scientist 1562: 44-48. 5. Putz K, Ingham RJ, Smith JG & Croxhall JP (2001) Population trends, breeding success and diet composition of gentoo, magellanic and rockhopper penguins in the Falkland Islands. Polar Biology 24: 793-807. Please can you add this population data. Pinguin Man (talk) 08:37, 15 July 2015 (UTC) Pinguin Man (talk) 08:37, 15 July 2015 (UTC)

Rejected Mr Bingham, you need to declare your WP:COI in promoting exposure of your research. [2] Which also appears to be significantly out of date, since the population has recovered and now is at levels last seen in 1933. WCMemail 10:06, 15 July 2015 (UTC)