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Republic of the French Pacific
Timeline: Apocalypse: 2012

OTL equivalent: French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, Clipperton Island
Flag of France Armoiries république française
The French Tricolor is used Coat of Arms
Capital
(and largest city)
Papeete (Tahiti)
Language
  official
 
French
  others English, Polynesian, Maori
Religion
  main
 
Roman Catholicism
  others Protestantism, Native Religions
Ethnic Groups
  main
 
French, Polynesian
  others Micronesian, Samoan, Chamorro, Australian, New Zealander, American, Filipino, Japanese, other Pacific Islander
Demonym French, French Pacific Islander, French Polynesia (FP), New Caledonian (NC)
Currency Euro
The Republic of the French Pacific consists of the French overseas dependencies of French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, and Clipperton Island. These dependencies declared themselves the successor to government of France after receiving no contact from the French government for over six months.

History

Post War

The islands were spared from the nuclear war of December 2012. However, they lost contact with their mother nation of France. The first two months, the islands of French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Wallis and Futuna were on their own, trading with their neighbors and ensuing cooperation among the surviving states of Oceania. The three overseas dependencies heavily relied on aid with Australia - which was targeted by nuclear weapons but nonetheless survived.

Contact with the USPRZ

In February 8, 2013, a expeditionary fleet of the U.S. Navy from the United States Pacific Remnant Zone docked in Tahiti. American sailors were allowed to have some rest and recreation on the island, interacting with local and government officials. For the first time, the people of French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Wallis and Futuna were able to know the extent of the nuclear war. In addition, the government officials of French Polynesia recognized the USPRZ has the official successor to the United States. An unofficial mutual defense pact was signed on February 12, 2013.

Creation of the Republic

On July 11, 2013 - Bastille Day, officials from French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Wallis and Futuna met in Papeete, Tahiti and declared the creation of the Republic of the French Pacific. It would serve as the official successor of France, at least for the time being when contact with continental France would be recreated. Their immediate action was to gather surviving French nationals overseas and let them resettle in French Pacific. Large concentrations of French diaspora from nations like the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, and in the USPRZ resettled in French Polynesia and New Caledonia.

On September 13, 2013, the sailors from the Marine Nationale planted the French tricolor on the uninhabited Clipperton Island. The flag would serve as a marker that the island's sovereignty is under the French Pacific should any survivor state in Central America lay a claim on it. On November 21, 2013, the USPRZ, ANZ, and the RFP became official treaty allies.

Government and Politics

The government has mainly kept the democratic principles of the French government. The President of the French Pacific is Édouard Fritch, whose role doubles as the head of French Polynesia. New Calendonia and Wallis and Futuna have their own administrative heads that reports to the president.

Administrative Divisions

French Polynesia

The main administrative region of the French Pacific. Papeete, located on the island of Tahiti is the also the capital of this region.

Fp-map

Map of French Polynesia

Clipperton Island

The farther most island of the RFP, located off the coast of Central America. It is the only uninhabited island among the administrative region. The RFP has no current plans to station any troops to strengthen its claim on the island due to the impracticality of the situation; not to mention the lack of water. The only symbol of French administration over the island is a the French tricolor planted on the beach facing the lagoon. So far, no Central American country has placed its claim on this uninhabited island.

Carteactuelle

Map of Clipperton Island.

New Caledonia

New Caledonia is the biggest island of the RFP administrative divisions. It is strategically important since it is close to the neighboring countries of the Solomon Islands and Australia, one of the main economic and security partners of the RFP.

New Caledonia-CIA WFB Map (2004)

Map of New Caledonia.

Wallis and Futuna

A French island collectivity in the South Pacific between Tuvaluto the northwest, Fiji to the southwest, Tonga to the southeast, Samoa to the east, and Tokelau to the northeast. Spanning a land area of 142.42 km2 (54.99 sq mi) with a population of about 12,000. Mata-Utu is the capital and biggest city. The territory is made up of three main volcanic tropical islands along with a number of tiny islets, and is split into two island groups that lie about 260 km (160 mi) apart, namely the Wallis Islands (Uvea) in the northeast, and the Hoorn Islands (also known as the Futuna Islands) in the southwest, including Futuna Island proper and the mostly uninhabited Alofi Island.

250px-Wallis and Futuna-CIA WFB Map

Map of the Wallis and Futuna Islands.

Possible Future Claims

Although the RFP is center on the Pacific, it has made no plans to see what became of its territories in the Indian Ocean, the Caribbean, Antarctica and North America. However, it is possible the RFP may soon explore Indian Ocean to place their claim Reunion Island and the French Antarctic territories.

Economy

The economy mainly relies on fishing, fruits, crafting, shell collecting, and agriculture. The destruction of France has forced the French Pacific territories to be on their own politically and economically so the RFP had to maintain a self-reliance policy by trading what they could to their neighboring countries. Australia and the USPRZ is one the biggest trade partners of the RFP.

Military

The military is composed of the French Foreign Legion and remnant French Armed Forces that were stationed overseas at the time of World War III. The standard issue rifle is the FAMAS bullpup assault rifle. Other small arms utilized by the forces in the RFP include the Glock 17, the MP5 submachine gun, G36, F-88 Austyr, the FN MAG, PSG-1 Rifle, and Carl Gustav recoilless rifle. Because majority of the French military was in Europe, the armed forces only have limited weapons, equipment, artillery, armored vehicles, aircraft, and ships. Soldiers from the RFP often train with remnant U.S. forces from the USPRZ and ANZUS troops.

Foreign Relations

Vendemiaire-011-2

FS Vendémiaire in New Caledonia.

The Republic of the French Pacific maintains diplomatic relations with the United States Pacific Remnant Zone, Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Tuvalu, the Solomon Islands, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Taiwan.

It is an important military ally of the USPRZ and the ANZ. As a result of this alliance, allied ships are allowed to dock in Tahiti and New Caledonia.

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