The Republic of the Southern Arc Islands is a sovereign island state in the northern Atlantic Ocean, at the edge of the Labrador Sea. (Most of) its islands are in a chain with the shape of an arc, hence the name. The "south" part comes from the fact that the nation is located south of Greenland and the other Arctic islands; further north in the Labrador Sea, just off the shore of Greenland, there is also a (smaller) archipelago known as the Northern Arc Islands, which is part of Denmark. The southwestern portion of the Arc Islands chain is in fact not part of the Southern Arc Islands; it is known as the Canadian Arc Islands and is a province of Canada.
The Southern Arc Islands gained independence in 1977 from the United Kingdom. The nation has a population of about 1'500'000, and an area of about 92'000 km2. The nation's main language is English; the inhabitants speak the dialect Southern Arc English. Other major languages include Orova, the Scandinavian languages and Dutch.
The national flag has a blue background, with a white stripe with a semicircular "path" running from the bottom left corner to the top of the flag to the bottom right corner. There are white stars in the top left and top right corners, and there is a red star in the lower middle of the flag.
The islands of the nation itself are not really in the shape of an arc, but more in a "raindrop shape". However, when taken with the Canadian Arc Islands, they form an arc. The phrase "southern arc" is also sometimes used in relation to the arc-like shape of the nation's southern shoreline at Grand Island and Arc Island. There are 32 main islands, and the total area of the nation is roughly 91'962 km2.
There is a very wide variation in the sizes of the islands, with the largest being Grand Island and the smallest Mersey Island. The populations of the islands also vary strongly, with Arc Island being the most populated island and Konjij Island the least.
The government is bicameral. The First Chamber has 60 members and is elected through the districts, while the Second Chamber has 100 members and is elected through a national vote. There are three major types of elections: presidential, general and district elections.
The nation is a member of the United Nations, though not NATO.
Despite not having positive relations with some nations, the Islands have interests/relations across the world. All UN member states have embassies in the Republic, and the Republic has embassies in many as well. In 1995 a resolution was passed that the Islands would have embassies with all UN nations, which would greatly improve/increase foreign relations. Most embassies of minor nations are in the Embassy District in Arc City, which was mostly built between 1996 and 2000.
In recent years, the Southern Arc Islands have become known for being liberal/leftist and supporting free speech and humanitarian movements worldwide.
The Orova have a distinct culture, related to that of the Inuit.
The main sport in the Islands is association football, though many different sports are played and the nation has national teams in many sports. The Southern Arc Islands national football team is a very good team for a nation its size. Annually, the nation also hosts the Worldwide Cup, also known as the Random Cup, a football competition where the participants (apart from the Islands) are selected randomly from a "pool" of nations. This competition is FIFA-recognised, though a number of non-FIFA teams are within the selection pool as well. All FIFA member teams/associations are within the selection pool.
Other major sports in the nation include field hockey, ice hockey and basketball. A list of national sports competitions in the Southern Arc Islands can be found here.