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Federal Republic of Iceland
Sambandslýðveldið Íslands
Timeline: Great Nuclear War

OTL equivalent: Iceland, Greenland, parts of Nunavut
Flag of Iceland GNW
Flag of Federal Republic of Iceland
Map of Iceland GNW
Anthem "Lofsöngur"
Capital Reykjavík
Largest city Reykjavík
Other cities Nuuk, Iqaluit
Language Icelandic, Greenlandic, Danish, Inuktitut
Demonym Icelandic
Government Federal parliamentary republic
  legislature Althing
President Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson
Prime Minister
Area ~2,000,000 km²
Currency Icelandic króna
Organizations ILoN, EPTO
Iceland, officially the Federal Republic of Iceland, is a Federal State in the North Atlantic.


Great Nuclear War

On the Great Nuclear War, Keflavík was targeted by Soviet Missiles, due to its strategic airfield. However, for reasons unknown, the missile missed, and crashed into the sea. However, there were still fears of further attacks, and both Keflavik and Reykjavik were put on high alert and the city centres evacuated, but by the following morning fears were down, and civilians were allowed back in. Despite this, a low-level State of Emergency was declared, and maintained until the end of the year.


Early on, Greenland reached to Iceland for aid. Greenland at the time had been a colony of Denmark, as had Iceland until the Second World War. As soon as the Icelandic situation had stabilised, more assistance was given to Greenland, and they slowly became more dependent on Iceland. In order to better co-ordinate efforts, on the 5th October 1965 Icelandic and Greenlandic representatives met in Nuuk, to discuss the future. Assuming no help would be coming from Denmark, Greenland held an Independence Referendum to help legally secure its situation. The vote succeeded, with 87% of voters voting in favour. The next week a second referendum was held on joining a Federal State with Iceland, which succeeded with 72% voters. Discussions began, and on the 1st January 1967, the Federal Republic of Iceland was formed.

Immediately the state experienced success. Iceland was able to provide food, whilst Greenland was able to provide raw resources, and construction on exploratory boats was begun. In March 1988 an exploration was made to the Queen Elizabeth Islands. Abandoned after the War, over the next few years Icelandic influence grew.

In 2001, whilst exploring, a fishing boat came across the Republic of Svalbard. After the Great Nuclear War, Svalbard had lost contact with Norway, which had slipped into civil war. Once again, Iceland assisted the islanders, and offered membership as a full Federal Republic with high autonomy. After much deliberation, in 2005 Svalbard was admitted into the union, and in 2006 came across the abandoned archipelago of Franz Josef Land. Formerly a Soviet Military and Research Base, the personnel are believed to have evacuated shortly after the war to the mainland, where they joined a nation. In 2007, Icelandic troops controversially landed on the islands, claimed them, and began to rebuild the structures. Resources have been also made open to Icelandic, as well as some international, fishermen and traders, and Iceland is currently in the process of transforming into a safe-trading route, from Franz Josef Land to Canada. In 2011 contact was made with Canada. Canada still officially claims the islands of Nunavut, but allows Iceland to occupy them, and trades.


Federal Subjects

The Federal Republic of Iceland is made up of three federal republics, a federal city and two military district. The Federal Republics are:

  • Iceland
  • Greenland
  • Svalbard

The Reykjavik Capital District is a Federal City, whilst Franz Josef Land, a former Soviet territory, and the Queen Elizabeth Islands, former Canadian territory, are military administered districts, and is only inhabited by military and scientific personnel, as well as traders.

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