The Northern Petroleum Range for dummies (Don't take it personal)
You might have heard, in the recent news, about the mystic, nearly mythical place of the Northern Petroleum Range, or NPR for intimates. But what bizarre geopolitical shenanigans is this thing ? We, at the Northern Herald, care about our readers, and we have promised to destroy any feeling of intellectual insecurity among them. Let's try to explain briefly what is the NPR.
First things first, let the NPR introduce itself. The NPR is a geographical maritime region located in the northern parts of the Nanakian owned Okhotsk sea, and as you have probably guessed, it contains petroleum, petrol or oil for short. In 1991, while the Soviet Union was collapsing, the Nanakian government launched an extensive Okhotsk maritime floor survey. The government wanted to make sure there wasn't any resources to potentially own if a sea territorial agreement with the collapsing USSR was made. The government wanted to profit of the soviet union's weakness to elaborate claims over ressources in disputed areas around the Kuril Islands (Nanako). But it is with great surprise that ressources in question were not found near Kamtchatka, but in the north regions of Nanakian exclusive economic zone. In 1992, a second maritime exploration operation was conducted by the government, and estimated oil reserves in the NPR to account for 10 to 15% of the world's oil stock. In 1993 General Elections, Social-Democrat, environment-minded Alissa Théodore became prime minister, and directly had to deal with concerns about the future of the NPR, Nanako could potentially become a world-leading petrol emporium. After one year of indecisive debate and eco-friendly activism, the Parliament issued a law declaring the Northern Range "Terra nullius", a region protected by environmental laws in which extraction of oil is forbidden. This law outlawed exploitation and possession by private contractors of the NPR. This is when it becomes geopolitical.
Red : Oil Fields
Yellow : Nanakian EEZ
Green : Russian EEZ
Valerian Pleshkin becomes president of the Rossiya Federatsii in 2000, and immediately makes claims on the NPR, claiming 68% of the total fields. His argument is constructed on the basis that the continental plateau continues up to the Trino Bassin, adjusting current EEZ borders by a few nautical miles, critical for Russia. An argument previously used by the USSR during the 1982 treaty on the split of Okhotsk, and that was rejected by both Nanakian and Japanese geological delegates. The Russian bear had awoken, and nothing could ease its anger. In 2008, a Russian frigate intruded the NPR and stayed here for a week, until the NSDF sent the NNS Goodman (aircraft carrier) to pacify the area. Now the NPR is constantly watched over by Nanakian submarines and tensions are high. But most recently, oil companies inside Nanako have started to seek ways to lobby MPs to reinitiate debate on the exploitation prohibit, and the debate over renewable energy seem to be merging to the eyes of petrol entrepreneurs. At this time, one thing is sure, if Nanako allows exploitation of the NPR, world economics and climate change will definitely be impacted.