Inclement weather postponed the annual visitation to the Drew Star Line Memorial today, to celebrate San Dover's fourteenth anniversary. While it is a major disappointment to not conduct such a tradition, it's not the first time the weather has hampered celebrations. Last year Hurricane Florence, which made landfall on 13 September 2018, prevented visitation of the Memorial for an entire month. Leader Violette Clingersmith hopes to be able to make the journey on Monday, before the arrival of another hurricane or tropical storm currently brewing in the Atlantic.
San Dover will mark their anniversary today by confirming their territorial claims, officially (though declared temporarily) dropped last July in compliance with a GUM ordnance that member states could not make certain land claims deemed too excessive or in violation of another entity's sovereignty. The territories in question are:
Together these territories have a land area of 8331 square kilometers. They all reside in an isolated section of the southern Indian Ocean, and all except the Prince Edward Islands are considered part of the continent of Antarctica (the former is part of Africa). They all share a similar, sub-Antarctic climate not unlike that of Iceland or the Faroe Islands, and all lack permanent inhabitants.
Additionally, Clingersmith has expressed her desire for San Dover to become an imperial power, both currently and in the past, and has looked to another set of sub-Antarctic islands of nearly identical size and geography. Lying in the souther Atlantic Ocean, and with a total area of 8259 square kilometers, these additional claims are:
With the addition of these western islands, San Dover has an de jure area of 16590 square kilometers, about the size of nation of Eswatini (former Swaziland). The overall plan for San Dover is to make an attempt to settle these lands by the year 2040, an idea that has not changed. Both claims were made official earlier today through a decree shared within the nation's Discord server. Clingersmith is planning on creating a new flag to reflect the additional claims, and is working on a system of dividing the ten islands into smaller constituent parts.