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Grand Duchy of Westarctica

Flag of Westarctica
of Westarctica
Coat of arms
Motto: Fortune favors the bold
Location of Westarctica
CapitalPeter I Island
Official languagesEnglish, German
Organizational structureConstitutional Monarchy
Travis McHenry
Jordan Farmer
• Formation
2 November, 2001
Area claimed
• Total
1,600,000 km2 (620,000 sq mi)
• Estimate
Purported currencyEismark

Westarctica (officially the Grand Duchy of Westarctica, formerly known as the Protectorate of Westarctica[1]) is a micronation / Project State founded in 2001 by Travis McHenry.[2] It consists of the territory located between the New Zealand Antarctic Territory and the Chilean one, specifically the portion of Antarctica located between 90 degrees and 150 degrees west longitude and south of the 60th parallel.[3] It coincides with the territory known as Marie Byrd Land. It includes 620,000 square miles of land, but though it claims over 2,000 citizens, none of them reside within the claimed territory.[4]

In 2018 the government of Westarctica established an honorary consul in Nerja, Spain.[5]


  1. ^ Bahareth, Mohammad (December 2011). Micronations: For Those Who Are Tired of Existing Incompetent Governments and Are Longing for Something New and Refreshing. iUniverse. ISBN 9781462069262.
  2. ^ Milan Aleck (2 February 2018). "Molossia, Westarctica und Co.: Kennen Sie diese Mikronationen?". Web.de (in German).
  3. ^ Raj Aditya Chaudhuri (27 October 2018). "After running a country for 15 years, he hopes to see it someday". Conde Nast Traveller.
  4. ^ Justin Streight (11 April 2015). "Micronations Summit In California: Biggest Names From Tiniest Nations". Inquisitr.
  5. ^ Eugenio Cabezas (1 November 2018). "Westarctica abre una embajada en Nerja". Sur (in Spanish).

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