Crockerland's environment is dominated by arctic tundra and boreal forests. Crockerland's Environmental Performance Index rating is 88.34. Crockerland's founding date placed it close to a number of environmental reforms in the United States (a key point of origin for early immigrants to Crockerland) such as the founding of the National Audubon Society and National Park Service as well as the influence of scientists in early Crockerland lead to protection of the nation's natural landscape from the country's early history.
Crockerland's environment is similar to that of the Canadian provinces of Nunavut and the Northwest territories, with forested southern regions and tree-devoid tundra grasslands in the north, and the regions share a variety of flora and fauna, though Crockerland's southern coasts are more similar to the northern coasts of the US state of Alaska given their shared body of war, the Beaufort Sea.
Koppen climate map
DFC - Subarctic climate; coldest month averaging below 0 °C (32 °F) and 1–3 months averaging above 10 °C (50 °F). No significant precipitation difference between seasons (neither abovementioned set of conditions fulfilled).
DSC - dry-summer subarctic climate; coldest month averaging below 0 °C (32 °F) and 1–3 months averaging above 10 °C (50 °F). At least three times as much precipitation in the wettest month of winter as in the driest month of summer, and driest month of summer receives less than 30 mm (1.2 in).
ET - Arctic Tundra
EF - Ice Cap
Note that the DSC, DFD, and DWD climates are entirely restricted to regions affected by the Siberian Anticyclone, the DWC climate is largely restricted by the same parameters but there is one small area in Alaska and another small area in Canada where this is not the case, and that the DSD climate is theoretical and not widely accepted to exist anywhere on Earth.
Crockerland is volcanically active, heat seeps up from deep in the Earth through fissures and volcanoes, warming many areas of Crockerland and making them comparable to more southerly regions; Geothermal heat is what allows Crockerland to host Boreal Forests despite surrounding Polar Islands being entirely unable to do so (with the exception of Greenland's Qinngua Valley).
Crockerland's relative warmth plays an important role in expanding it's biodiversity, both in flora and in fauna. Geothermal electricity is an important source of power for the citizens of Crockerland as well. Volcanoes can also be dangerous, however, for a number of reasons; Noxious volcanic fumes may poison birds and reduce air visibility, while lava flows can start forest fires, and volcanic eruptions could cause avalanches depending on their location.
The Snowy Owl is
the national bird
The Glaucous Gall flies
South for the Winter,
but breeds in the arctic
Snowy owl (national bird)
Non-predatory land/freshwater mammals
Muskox are an important big game animal
Predatory land/freshwater mammals
The Polar Bear is the largest
terrestrial predator in Crockerland
Saltwater Predatory Mammals
The Sperm whale is a fearsome predator, but
only the strongest bulls can venture into
the arctic and survive the cold
The Pacific Sleeper Shark is the most
prolific shark in Crockerland's waters
Eelpout (Marbled, Canadian, Saddled, Threespot, Unid.)
Sea Spiders often grow to
large sizes in polar waters
Cnidarians and Ctenophorans
Marrus Orthocanna Siphonophores
can reach up to 10 feet in length
The Arctic Pseudoscorpion joins the sea
spider and a few mites as the only
Chelicerates of Crockerland
The Sea Peach is
a soft filter feeder
Molpadia Arctica Sea Cucumber (Nationstates broke this link with it's strange coding bugs, you are looking to navigate to www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=254710)
Enviornmental protection and politics
The Green Party has been a minor force in Crockerland's politics for several decades now after it's founding in 1996, pushing for environmental-focused legislation. Crockerland has worked towards obtaining energy independence from oil and natural gas following the 1974 Arab oil embargo, and as a result has invested heavily in alternative energy sources, mainly solar and nuclear power, but also wind, geothermal, biomass, and tidal power.
Crockerland was founded during the American Conservation Movement, shortly after the founding of the US National Park Service, and thus has historically sought to protect it's wilderness from overexploitation. Crockerland has a law enforcement agency, the Crockerland National Park and Forest Service (NPF), which was created to protect the national forests and parks.
Crockerland is a member of the International Whaling Commission but does not abide by the moratorium on commercial whaling as it goes against the IWC's stated goal of promoting sustainable whaling. Crockerland is also a member of the North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission.
Further Reading: Power in Crockerland