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The Free Republic of Antarctica

The Free Republic of Antarctica is the southernmost nation and continent on earth, a parliamentary democracy home to 67 million people. Once completely covered by miles of ice, the Antarctic continent of today is fully thawed, and is known around the world for its lush pine forests, picturesque lakes, towering mountains, beautiful cities, months-long days and nights, and best of all, adorable king penguins. Its human residents, meanwhile, are well known for their cultural diversity, friendly and fair-minded attitudes, kind and compassionate hearts, unique fashion styles, and love for baseball and animation.

Antarctica is governed by the Grand Council, whose Prime Minister serves as the nation's leader. The Antarctic Constitution, meanwhile, is upheld by the High Tribunal, the nation's highest court. The peace and altruism of Antarctic international relations is also guaranteed by its Constitution, and no military currently exists. The Antarctic religion is a unique branch of Hinduism, with a humanistic attitude and love for personal and societal freedom. Between the Free Republic's comprehensive and generous social safety net and the free market economy that drives the private sector, the Antarctic people universally enjoy a very high standard of living. Looking back on an extremely violent and hateful pre-foundation period, and a troubled early history, the Antarctic people remain vigilant against their worst instincts, and do their best to bring the world together in peace, prosperity, and friendship for all.