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Flag of Antarctica, as proposed by the
image by António Martins, 19 Jan 2007
There is no official flag for Antarctica — mostly because there
is no government or other authority to adopt such a flag.
Ole Andersen, 20 Feb 2000
The real flag of Antarctic was derived from the
ATS emblem. [This flag is adopted by ATS as
the flag of Antartica.]
Arnaud Leroy, 16 Nov 2006 and 18 Jan 2007
The various Antarctic treaties make it clear
that no one country can claim any part of that continent as a political
Ron Lahav, 14 Mar 2005
The information about the symbols of various Antarctic programs is so hard
to get. The gentelman from the Ukrainian Antarctic Center informed me that to
his knowledge all countries use their national flags there, but he might be
wrong. It is possible that some of the logos are displayed in the form of
flags, but I could not find any hard evidence of that.
Chris Kretowicz, 11 May 2001
From occasional footage on the Antarctic I’d say that both statements
are correct: The stations fly the national flags, but they also display(ed?)
the logo of their organisations, sometimes in the form of flags. Of course,
the researchers may have other things on their minds than caring about flags,
so it may be that these are only hoisted on special occasions.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 12 May 2001
Vexillacta 12 (June 2001) [vxl] includes a flag-oriented interview of Alain Hubert, a Belgian explorer who walked through Antarctica with Dixie Dansercoeur (3924 km in 99 days, November 1997 - February 1998). Hubert describes their arrival to the American base Amundsen-Scott, which is located on the geographical South Pole. Twelve national flags are hoisted there (outdoors) permanently in an arc. They represent the twelve countries which founded the Antarctic Treaty in 1958:
It’s interesting to note that (almost) all countries that have or
had claims over parts of Antarctica and that have or had adopted flags
related to Antarctica, have taken the care of putting under these flags
territories outside the Antarctic claims as well.
Jorge Candeias, 06 Jul 2002
Both Chile and Argentina take
this to an extreme unheard of in other instances of borderline engeneering:
Not only the 1st order division (resp. Magellan Region
and Fireland) includes both disputed and non-disputed
territories, but also the 2nd and even 3rd order divisions.
António Martins, 19 Jan 2007
With the usual exception, that is: in British Antarctic Territory there
are no lands outside Antarctica.
Jorge Candeias, 06 Jul 2002
I daresay the United Kingdom was not so insecure in its claim that
it felt the need to do so, as clearly putting other territories in with
a claim creates an interesting legal precedent for any future actions
which might take place. (It is a tactic used elsewhere in foreign policy,
Colin Dobson, 18 Jan 2007
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