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|South Antarctic Treaty Organization |
|Headquarters||South Pole City|
|Membership||People in the treaty|
|- leader||Tom Saworton|
|- early times||2001|
|- official start||2007|
The South Antarctic Treaty Organization (SATO) is a large organization based around the south-Antarctic regions of Antarctica that concentrates on warfare ally coalition and aid. The current president of the treaty organization is Tom Saworton. It is an allied coalition of nation that most of the time help each other during war. It was founded in 2004, however the big boost of the treaty organization was in 2007, when many people joined. A dozen countries have joined as of 2013. Even though not all countries are a part of SATO, it still takes a yearly population census for all countries.
|1||United Penguin Islands||Tom Saworton||2004||First to join as Penguio and the founder|
|2||United States of Antarctica||Spike Hike||2004||Largest nation in Antarctica.|
|3||Seal Islands||Christina van Guilera||2006|
|5||Tropicalis||Kenny Lagois||2010||Joined for protection and stronger relationships with others.|
|7||Freezestonia||Snowstormer||2012||Joined as an independent state under Shops Island.|
|8|| Creature's Republic of Turtly
|King Tortoise||2012||Invited after the disbandment of NATO.|
|9||Pengonia||Dan Beronews||2012||Invited after the disbandment of NATO.|
|10||Moon Island||Dps04||2013||Joined as an independent state under Shops Island.|
|11||Chill Island||Chill57181||2013||Joined as an independent state under Shops Island.|
|12||United Provinces||Simon McClark||2013||Joined as Snowiny to be allies with other countries.|
|13||UnitedTerra||Ninjinian||2013||Joined to invest in warfare costs.|
|14||Acadia||Brant11||2015||Joined for protection and trading purposes.|
Summits have been held annually since 2012, with as many as 4 a year depending on Antarctic events such as war. Each summit is held in a different city, and new applicants for SATO membership must be approved in a summit first.
|2012||August 11-12|| Penguio
(Now known as the United Penguin Islands)
|Pengslo||*Approve the applicants for SATO membership, Shops Island and Freezestonia.|
*Discuss the possibility of NATO members being invited to SATO.
|2012||October||United States of Antarctica|| Club Penguin Island
|*Induction ceremony for Shops Island, Freezestonia, Turtly and Pengonia.|
*Discuss the approval of Moon Island and Chill Island into SATO.
|2013||April 13-14||Seal Islands||De Groot||*Discuss the Yowien Crisis|
*Induction ceremony for Moon Island and Chill Island.
|2013||October 5-6||Shops Island||Goberna||*Discuss the threat Nexon poses.|
*Discuss relief efforts in the aftermath of the GSWVI
*Induction ceremony for Snowiny and UnitedTerra.
|2014||April 5-6||United States of Antarctica||South Pole City||*Talk about the ongoing Frosian War and Puffalian-Western War.|
|2014||July 26-27||Pengonia||Danton||*Nothing in particular, this was the first "annual" meeting that didn't have any inductions, and wasn't caused by a crisis.|
*King Tortoise pleading for help to liberate his land, to no avail.
|2015||February 25-26||Snowiny||Winsburg||* Talks about increasing military spending to fund SATO.|
*Discussing the talks from the Second De Groot Conference related to SATO
|2016||March 10-12||UnitedTerra||New Club Penguin||*Induction of Acadia into SATO.|
|2017||March 17-19||Shops Island||Shops City||*General business, military funding, and sustainability plans for future years.|
|2018||May 3-5||Tropicalis||Tropicapolis||*Possibility of UP withdrawal from SATO.|
*Increasing commitments between SATO members
*Increasing defense spending
Potential UP Exit
The United Provinces have stated multiple times in 2017 their intention to quit SATO in favour of closer cooperation inside the Western Union, but on February 19, 2018, President Simon McClark stated "my government is officially examining the possibility of a UP exit from the South Antarctic Treaty Organization, possibly dragging several other countries out as well". Tom Saworton was quick to ask President McClark to "reconsider this decision".
President McClark ended up putting the decision to exit SATO on hold, but at the 2018 SATO summit he openly questioned the entire alliance's existence and asked its member states: "What's the point of this defensive alliance if it is merely just on paper? Acadia is always in a spat with the United States of Antarctica. Shops Island always threatens little nations. My country is no goody two-shoes either, plus Shops Island is additionally represented unfairly by three more states - Chill Island, Moon Island and Freezestonia - giving it additional voting power in the organization. Four of the alliance members are already part of the much larger and much more integrated Western Union. What is the purpose of this alliance? It is completely obsolete."
None of the leaders at the meeting managed to successfully reply to McClark's question, instead calling for enhanced interrogation, and Lavender stated that the alliance must 'learn from past mistakes' and 'seek to enhance military and defense cooperation'. Additionally, he rebuked McClark's comments regarding the membership of Shops Island's three autonomous states. President Brant Esser echoed McClark's remarks, accusing the USA of openly supporting Pengolian terrorism. The President of Tropicalis, who was the host of the summit, said that he 'does not see SATO as obsolete' and believes that international cooperation could be enhanced.
Donal Tenorio, Treasurer and future president of the USA, was quick to cheep about the matter, agreeing that SATO was bad, but for different reasons. He stated "The USA being part of SATO is a terrible Deal. Other countries taking advantage of us and not paying their way for Defense, like Crybaby Brant and Whineman McClark. Sad!"
- It's a parody of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
- The first time SATO had fought together as an alliance was during Great Snowzerland War VI.
- NATO was disbanded in late 2012 in favor of SATO, and all NATO members had expected to join SATO. However, only Turtly and Pengonia have so far.
- West Pengolia was told to join SATO under the USA.
- New Maverick declined an offer by SATO to join the alliance.
- Acadian president Esser threatened to leave SATO after Acadexit in late 2016 because the USA is also in it, but was convinced not to by Simon McClark and other Western Union allies.