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The Keslov Authority is a former government located in Antarctica. It mainly existed to govern trade and regulate industry.


During the nuclear catastrophe that destroyed much of human civilization, several Norwegian fishing fleets where fishing in the Antarctic region called Byrd Land. These fleets heard news of the war through radio, and were astounded. The fleets, being rather close together, congregated to decide a course of action. A majority of the captains assumed the worst, believing that their families had been killed and all of the mainland was uninhabitable. A few more enterprising captains left the fleet to try to make contact with South America. They were never heard from again.

The remaining captains continued to fish in the Islands off Byrd Land, barely scraping by. Several makeshift storage facilities were constructed on Sipple Island. It was assumed that radioactivity would soon poison the ocean, and that if they where lucky, the supply of fish in Antarctica would bounce back. Soon, as weeks turned to months and months turned to years, almost all of the fleet ran out of fuel. Some of the ships were wrecked upon the shore, and became makeshift habitats. Most of the smaller ships where crudely converted into wind or man powered ships. On Sipple Island, a few ships pooled their fuel, in case future generations would need it to travel back to the more habitable mainland.

Winters where harsh, even with the onset of the nuclear summer. Many of the makeshift settlements froze to death withing the first winter. Food stores managed to hold out, although when the fleet began to run out of fuel it became much harder to replenish. Lack of soil and weather prevented most farming. However, a few intelligent captains had saved the human feces aboard their ships, and cultivated it. Five years after doomsday, bizarre Antarctic farms would produce nuts, fruit and in a few cases grain taken from the ships stores. Sipple Island became the center of this farming economy. The only real town in Byrd Land, Kesloville, became the capital of the nation. It was headed by Dictator Olev Kerensky.


Regardless of the emerging farming economy, Keslov declined within the next 5 years. On September 1st, 1988, it was revealed that Olev Kerensky had kept his knowledge that the rest of the world survived after all secret. This sparked a bloody revolution which lasted until 1989. At this point, the new government established formal communications with Argentina. Most of the remaining ships left for the South American state. Only four made it. The remaining Keslovites have not been heard from since. In 1993, a Keslovite transmission was picked up by the ANZC, although an expedition looking for the Antarctic state found only the ruins of Kesloville. The theory most widely embraced is that the Keslovites starved to death. However, very few bodies where found, even though the Antarctic climate should have kept the corpses frozen year round. Plague and civil war have also been met with skepticism for this reason. A recent paper by the League of Nations put forward the theory that Keslov was evacuated following a particularly harsh winter. Whether they attempted to reach British Antarctica, French Antarctica, Chile, Argentina or the ANZC remains unknown.

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