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A summary of non-Antarctic Wars (that is, wars which did not primarily take place in Antarctica) which Antarctic Nations (or Antarctic Nationals) have been directly involved with.

World War I (1914-1918)

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Antarctica in 1914.

See also: Antarctic Campaign

Most Antarctic Nations were, at the time of this War, not independent, but were still colonies or territories of foreign powers. As such, they took the side of their home nation, resulting in the majority of the continent being Allied; and only Santiago and New Swabia being Central. An Antarctic Campaign began, though it only lasted until early 1915.

Further afield, some troops from British Antarctica were deployed in Europe after the Antarctic Campaign was over.

Russian Civil War (1917-1921)

See also: Battle of Antarctica

With the outbreak of the Russian Civil War, both of Russia's Antarctic colonies began to lose authority and control, and quickly descended into Anarchy. In the East, to combat this, each former Region of Russian East Antarctica became its own independent state. While this helped keep some order, these small states were also fairly unregulated.

Russian West Antarctica (RWA), under Governor Nikolai Gorchakov briefly managed to retain full 'normalcy'; though when the local Communist Party became a paramilitary organization, and Gorchakov was assassinated by a Communist agent, it soon went the same way as the East. A brief Civil War between the Communists and the Colonial Government ended with the destruction of both sides, and the descent of the Colony into Anarchy. Shortly, the American "Antarctic Expeditionary Force" was commissioned to bring order back to RWA, and in 1919, the area officially became American territory.

Troops from British Antarctica and Davis fought in Siberia in this War, as a part of the "Allied Intervention".

Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)

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Largely pro-Republican countries are in red.
Largely pro-Nationalist countries are in blue.
Divided countries are in purple.
Neutral countries are in grey.

Though none of Antarctica's nations were directly involved in the Spanish Civil War, political radicals from both the Left and the Right formed Brigades to fight on either side of the War.

British West Antarctica (later New Swabia) was home to a large National Socialist Party (NSDAPNS), which, along with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy, supported the Spanish Nationalists in the War. This Party was active in recruiting for a volunteer brigade - the Südlichadleren (Southern Eagles), which was shortly deployed to Spain. Also among the Nationalists were Bellinsgauzenia and Noksia, two states in the former Russian East Antarctica; both of which still supported the White Movement from the Russian Civil War, and therefore aligned themselves against the anti-Monarchist Republicans. Many ethnic Russians in the newly-acquired American territory of Byrdia signed up for the Nationalists for the same reason.

While Byrdia's growing American population were, for the most part, non-aligned; the territory had a fairly large leftist Population, who had moved to Byrdia due to America's "Red Scare". The 'Palmer Column' (named for Nathaniel Palmer, the first American on Antarctica) was founded by these Leftists, and recruited a roughly 300 men before shipping to Spain. This column was a part of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, the American 'International Brigade' fighting in the War. This led to a few clashes in Byrdia itself, though none of these were actual battles, simply riots between the opposing factions.

Other Republican forces came from Maudland and New Devon, where a large majority of people supported the Republican cause (though recruitment rates were low nonetheless). The Maudlanders became the 'Amundsen Column' (after Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian Polar explorer), which was a part of the Austro-German 'Thälmann Battalion'; while the Devonians became 'Cook's Column' (after British explorer James Cook), a part of the British Battalion.

However, it was Santiago which became the most prominent Republican nation of the War. The Santiagan public almost universally supported the Republican cause, and Santiago's 'Bodega Brigade' numbered just over 1,000 at its height (a very large proportion of the country's overall population). Santiago (along with Poland) was one of the very first countries to pledge its support to the Republican cause; and one of the last to call its Belligerent citizens home. After the War, Santiago welcomed any and all Republican Spanish refugees, granting them full citizenship; and a Spanish Republican flag (alongside several of the flags of the various International Brigades) continues to fly outside the Capital building in San Martín.

World War II (1939-1945)

See also: Antarctic Campaign

By World War II, New Swabia was independent of the British Mandate, and its National Socialist Party had been elected; effectively becoming a German puppet-government (though it was still an independent country). Thus, at the outbreak of World War II in 1939, New Swabia joined the Axis Powers; and mobilized troops to fight on Antarctica and abroad.

Other than Santiago, Byrdia, Bellinsgauzenia, Noksia and the various K'atharan remnant states; the rest of Antarctica was occupied by Allied territories, where forces were mustered to fight against New Swabia.

Cold War Proxies (1945-1991)

Korean War (1950-1953)

Vietnam War (1963-1975)

Gulf War (1990-1991)

War in Afghanistan (2001-Present)

  • Maudland has around 400 to 500 men deployed in suport of the ISAF mission in Afghanistan, These men function as around half of the 1,000 strong Maudlandic/Norwegian/Swedish mission in Mazar-e-Sharif. As of 2010 ten maudlandic soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan.

Iraq War (2003-Present)

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