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The Republic of the French Southern Territories (in French: République des Terres Française Australes) is a collection of former French-administered territories outside of the European continent. It was formed after the union of French Polynesia and New Caledonia, and grew to include most of the former overseas France. Today, it is the driving force behind the "Seventh Republic" movement.
Territories currently held by the RTA:
The three départements of the Caribbean are under a single government, the French Antillies (AF).
- St. Martin & St. Barthélemy
Mauritius and the Seychelles, though not parts of the RTA, have a close relationship with the RTA. Many analysts have compared it to the associate states of the Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand.
The RTA is also involved in a dispute with Canada about the ownership of the North Atlantic islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon.
Due to a large number of immigrants who joined the French Foreign Legion after Doomsday on 26 September 1983, and because most of the Legion was overseas at the time, the defense of the RTA is mainly the responsibility of the Legion, with central headquarters based in New Caledonia.
The present-day French military utilizes a mixture of the remaining 1980s "homegrown" equipment and those bought from the ANZC and the SAC. Dassualt remains a major designing firm, although producing the aircraft they design is contracted to other firms such as CAC in the ANZC, Pilatus in the Alpine Confederation and Embraer in Brazil.
In 1999, on the initiative of the French community in New Zealand, the remaining French-speaking territories, initially the Pacific ones, declared the re-installation of the French Republic as the Sixth Republic, with co-capitals located in Papeete, Tahiti and Nouméa, New Caledonia. Formally it consisted of these territories along with the French possessions Crozet, Kerguelen and Clipperton Islands, though no permanent bases have been established there yet. These are considered due to recent changes in the climate. With the "rediscovery" of the French mainland, there are hopes of bringing the entirety of the French people once again under one banner; there is support among many in both the RTA and the European survivor states. There are calls for a comprehensive survey of post-Doomsday France, aiming to foster unity among the peoples.
The High Commissioner of the RTFA represents the French community in the League of Nations. Cedric Wairafea, formerly the Commissioner, became the Secretary General of the League of Nations in November of 2011, and was replaced as Commissioner by Edouard Fritch.