The Wake Islands are a heavily contested area within the Western Isles, having three wars fought over them within the past year. Primary belligerents are the nations of Polar Svalbard and Cottoria, two fierce rivals. Currently of the main islands two belong to Polar Svalbard with one belonging to Cottoria. After Operation Whisky Alpha by the Svalbardians, pirating in the area has been reduced drastically.
The main names of the Islands are Wake Atolla (Polar Svalbard), North Wake (Polar Svalbard), and Wake Sud (Cottoria) with smaller islands and atolls scattered throughout the area. The area is notable for its ample reserves of oil which many have said to be the main cause of the wars, not ideologies or alliances. Along with that there are various other resources on the islands due to them being formed by volcanic activity.
Due to the numerous wars that have been fought here through the centuries, it is a popular spot for divers to see shipwrecks. (When war isn't going on) The fishing in the area is quite well and there are numerous large habitats of fish which is incentive for diving too. Boating, when war isn't on as usual, is a popular past time in the area as the waters from the major islands surrounding the inner area create a much more relaxed sea.
In the past there have been native inhabitants of the isles, coming from the Kahue peoples from the South-East part of the region, but after extensive contact with Europeans, all of them died off or were sold into slavery leaving the Isles native free. Even the city-state of Wake Atolla came from Europeans and was not imbued with natives.
Every Island of the Wake Islands, is unique yet all very similar in many ways. Their Geographies are distinct yet familiar to one another, their wildlife is mostly the same, but their histories are quite different to one another. All of which goes back centuries, all the way to the first natives.
North Wake is the northernmost main island within the Wake Archipelago. Currently it is owned and controlled by Polar Svalbard and has been since the first War of the Wake Islands in June of 2016.
The Geography of North Wake is rather interesting as it is basically sectioned off into three sections as there are three, pretty much peninsulas which are connected by rather thin strips of land. There is one bay, Kahuatl bay, named after what the indigenous Kahue called it.
The island has three shield volcanoes each peninsula. These are what made the islands, and are what have given it the majorly granite and basalt composition with a large amount of obsidion scattered around the place. The two shield volcanoes are named Nealstrom (1,127m), the western one, Kaelnakia (1,509m), the middle one, and the eastern one, Haelvani (1,091m)
Bedrock Composition of North Wake: 55% Basalt, 32% Granite, 13% other materials
Volcanoes: Kaelnakia (1,509m), Nealstrom (1,127m), Haelvani (1,091m)
Volcanic Activity: None, has not been for over 500 years.
Highest Point: 1,509m
Lowest Point: 0m (Sea level)
Along with its sister islands, North Wake is abundant in natural resources, which has been one of the main causes of the intense fighting. The island is 50% wooded and has an abundance of fresh water, especially within the dormant volcano tops. Under the ground though there is oil, iron, rare earth elements, tungsten, copper, uranium, etc. mainly from the volcanoes taking this from the ground and lifting it up into the islands base.
North Wake has a history that was rather passive up until Europeans arrived in the area. Prior to 1400 B.C.E, no humans lived in the area, but recent archaeological findings by Svalbardian Antropologists has discovered that around 1400 B.C.E a group of Kahue people settled in the Wake Island area, including North Wake. Their name for the Wake Islands was "Lakupuni" (Wooded Land).
They lived in relative peace for many centuries on their islands, forming their own kingdoms. The three islands, which split into three kingdoms, mostly traded but there are many recorded wars in the texts historians have found among the islands. It is apparent that North Wake was the middle child, not the strongest, but not the weakest. Although it has been shown that it focused itself on its navy with, for the time, state of the art triremes and Quadremes.
The three Wake Kingdoms stayed around until 1300 C.E, when sailors from the emerging Keomoran Empire arrived to the islands. It was in short order that the kingdoms fell to the superior enemy that was Keomora, but they still retained a good bit of partial sovereignty in the peace accords the Kingdoms made with the empire when their coalition defense was proving to fail.
On North Wake all was well until in the 1700s when Norwegian settlers arrived on the Wake Islands, fought against the Keomorans, won, and steadily drove away or killed the remaining Kahue peoples from the Wake Island/Zazchey Archipelago area. In the 1850s the Norwegian colonies, except for in Wake Atolla were abandoned, those in North Wake moving up to the colony that would become Polar Svalbard, or into Wake Atolla.
North Wake would remain quiet, bound to nature, until the War of the Wake Islands which split North Wake and Wake Sud between Polar Svalbard and Cottoria, the former to the former, and the later to the later. North Wake would be industrialized and settled by Svalbardians, and has seen two other wars now, the Second Wake War, and the ongoing Third War of the Wake.
Modern Politics and Demographics
North Wake is a Svalbardian territory.