Who are we? New Guinea is a sovereign and independent nation (this is called a Pocket State) located in the unorganized borough
of Alaska. With our land claims of over 320,000 square
miles, 25 square miles of which we have unobstructed jurisdiction over, our country is about the same size as the US state of Montana. New Guinea is alternatively
viewed as either a 4th world or 5th world nation. It is our
goal to ultimately (and peacefully)
create an autonomous area in Alaska out of the last section of the United States that is still effectively
without a government. This would be akin to the independent Indian
nations that exist elsewhere in the U.S. This would not require much
doing. The frontier area has already been self-governed since the
beginning of time. It is our sincere hope only to get
official recognition of the systems that are already in place. Harsh winters here make life difficult, but we value our pioneer spirit, and the pride one gains when living on the frontier. Most of this area has a cold and continental climate with long harsh winters and short warm summers. Nearly all areas have low winter temperature below 0 degrees F. All winter. Many communities have sustained periods of -40 or below.
There are many countries that have a similar name, such as French Guinea, Dutch Guinea, Papua New Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, and just plain "Guinea", but none of them are called "New Guinea".
There is an island bearing the name of "New Guinea" that is host to
several different countries, most notably Indonesia. There are no other nations bearing
the name of "New Guinea". Like the other Guinea-named-places, New Guinea
was so named in the spirit of autonomy and freedom.
greater Alaskan peninsula in 1860
The first humans came to the greater Alaskan peninsula about 10,000
years ago, using the Bering land bridge. These people eventually spread
throughout the Americas. In 1493, Spain claimed, illegally, the area and
soon after, the first explorers from Europe arrived. The area was also
later visited by missionaries of the Russian Orthodox Church during the
1740's, which made a huge impact on the culture seen today. On July 20, 1799
Baranov established the settlement of Arkhangelsk. It was destroyed in
1802 but rebuilt nearby in 1804 and given the name Novo-Arkhangelsk (New
Archangel). It soon became the primary settlement and colonial capital
of Russian America. After the Alaska Purchase, a transaction that
ignored the wishes and rights of the people who actually lived in the
area, it was renamed Sitka, the first capital of Alaska Territory. The
United States flag was raised on October 18, 1867. Coincident with the
ownership change, the de facto International Date Line was moved
westward, and Alaska changed from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian
calendar. Therefore, for residents, Friday, October 6, 1867 was followed
by Friday, October 18, 1867—two Fridays in a row because of the date
During the Department era, from 1867 to 1884, Alaska was variously
under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Army (until 1877), the United States
Department of the Treasury (from 1877 until 1879) and the U.S. Navy
(from 1879 until 1884). President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Alaska
Statehood Act into United States law on July 7, 1958, which paved the
way for Alaska's admission into the Union on January 3, 1959. Juneau,
the territorial capital, continued as state capital, and William A. Egan
was sworn in as the first governor.
New Guinea roots
Much of New Guinea resides in the "unorganized" borough. Alaska has
no counties, as do other states (except for Louisiana which has
parishes). Instead, it is divided into 16 boroughs and one "unorganized
borough" made up of all land not within any borough. Boroughs have
organized area-wide governments, but within the unorganized borough
there is no such government, and the self-governed people of all
descents have lived in peace, without wars, slavery, or oppression, in
the area for over 500 years. The people have not changed their lifestyle
in all that time, regardless of the various entities who have "claimed"
it at one time or another.
Modern New Guinea
The Nation of New Guinea was first conceived by Lord Archangel (Who took the name of the July 1799 Baranov settlement) in 1983, in a series of papers published
on the subject, and went through various conceptual stages as a de
facto government until land was acquired from the state of Alaska in
2006. In 2007, independence was declared, and no action has been taken
by either the United States, or the State of
Alaska. The activities of New Guinea have been limited almost
exclusively to development of 25+ square miles of forest and lakes,
including the construction of a dock capable of receiving float-plane
and boat traffic. In addition to this, a large effort has been made to
mark the routes of future trails and build them. This work is ongoing.
Politically, efforts by the ministry of Information to inform residents
of Greater New Guinea (Those living in disputed areas) of the existence
of New Guinea and offer them citizenship, have been reasonably
successful. This work is also ongoing. In 2007, New Guinea became a
signor to Mikhail Gorbachev's Convention on the Right to Water.
In late May 2011, New Guinea signed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch Treaty. On July 1st, the
official website remodel was unveiled.
New Guinea |
- Veneratio - Libertas"
New Guinea is located on the Greater Alaskan Peninsula
||English, Native Alaskan Languages|
||Christian, Native Alaskan, and others|
- Secretary of Defense
||Individually Governed Villages and Settlements|
||320,000 Sq Miles|
||St. Herman of Alaska|
|Constitution of New Guinea|
Declaration of Independence
Settlement in New Guinea was established in 2006
Total area: 320,000 square miles.
Land area: 290,900 square miles.
Water area: 4,943 square miles
New Guinea is 1.31% water.
(This is about the same size as the entire state of Montana.)
Most of New Guinea is wooded or mountainous, with the land
separated by rivers and lakes. New Guinea is also home to glaciers and
volcanoes. The area is known for its harsh winters and its frontier
lifestyle. Most of the area has a cold and continental climate with long
harsh winters and short warm summers. Nearly all areas have low winter
temperature below -20°C (-4°F) throughout the entire winter and many
communities have sustained periods of -40°C (-40°F) or below. Summer
temperatures tend to be in the low to mid 70's most of the season.
Snowfall varies between 100 and 280 cm (40-110 inches) annually in most
Climate data for New Guinea
|Record high °F (°C)
|Average high °F (°C)
|Average low °F (°C)
|Record low °F (°C)
|Snowfall inches (cm)
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in)
|Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in)
|Puffins, the national bird of New Guinea
| Common and binomial names
||38 cm (15 in) in length, with a 58 cm
(23 in) wingspan, weight 620 g (1.4 lb).
||North Pacific: coasts of New Guinea,
Siberia, Alaska and British Columbia, wintering south to California and Baja California
||38 cm (15 in) in length, with a 63.5 cm
(25 in) wingspan, weight 780 g (1.7 lb).
||North Pacific: New Guinea,
British Columbia, throughout southeastern Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, Kamchatka, the Kuril Islands and throughout the Sea of Okhotsk. Winters south to Honshū and California
New Guinea national tartan was created as a symbol of the European
contribution to New Guinea culture.
The structure of the New Guinea government has been designed to
reconcile within a single entity all of the best features of both
monarchist and democratic systems of government within a tribal meritocracy.
New Guinea is officially a meritocracy. As in a republic, all Citizens
have a constitutionally-defined equal opportunity to participate in the
public life of the state, and to aspire to its highest offices. All
tribal systems are meritocracies, and it is our hope to respect
and continue this.
The title of the Head of State in New Guinea is "First Citizen". All
New Guineans are called citizens. The head of state is called "First
Citizen" not because he is in charge of things, but because he was
actually New Guinea's very first citizen. Presumably at some point in
the future, a new head of state will be elected from amongst a council
of eminent citizens whose individual achievements have been recognized
via their membership of a non-hereditary nobility, he or she will also be much more likely
to be appropriately suited to the role than a political figure would
Law and order
This vast area is self-governing, and has no local-level government
other than that of a few school districts and municipalities within its
limits. Many of the villages do have tribal governments, however.
Smaller settlements have their own systems of government. Except within
some incorporated cities, all government services in New Guinea,
including law enforcement, are provided by the State of Alaska (if requested), by the tribal
governments, or by whomever is in charge of smaller settlements.
Most of the 6500 inhabitants of New Guinea regularly are armed at all
times, due to the frontier wilderness nature of the land, including
children. The Secretary of Defense, TejasDragon, has proposed organizing a defense
force that would be composed of a Royal Fleet, Royal Commandos, Royal
Brigades, and a Royal Air Legion.
Guinea operates on a subsistence economy that includes barter and small
Since this is a sparsely populated area, and also one with extreme
weather in the winter, year-round employment is rare. Most employment is
through the U.S. federal government. The economy is almost totally
dependent on fisheries, limited mining (mostly gold and gravel), and
some lumber production. The other major employment sector is with the
Alaska Native organizations in the area. Subsistence is still the
mainstay of the New Guinea economy.
In New Guinea, subsistence generally refers to the practice of taking
fish, wildlife or other wild resources for one's sustenance - for food,
shelter or other personal or family needs. Subsistence has been
elemental to New Guinea Natives and their cultures for thousands of
years. It also has become a way of life for many non-Natives in New
Guinea as well. Subsistence hunting and fishing provide a large share of
the food supply in New Guinea. About 44 million pounds of wild foods
are taken annually by residents of New Guinea, or about 375 pounds per
person per year. Fish comprise 60 percent of subsistence foods taken
annually. Ninety-five percent of households consume subsistence-caught
fish, but the figures also include wild vegetables, fruits and berries,
gardens, and game animals ranging from rabbits to moose.
Guinea culture is rooted to the first peoples who crossed the Bering
land bridge approximately 10,000 years ago.
Five national wildlife refuges and several mountain ranges are within
New Guinea's Borders. The Yukon River is the major waterway and also
the Kuskokwim River. The Yukon flows nearly 1,100 miles in a
southwesterly direction. Rivers are important to New Guineans as
transportation as well as for recreation. Most areas have only river and
In the summer, riverboats use the waterways while in winter, when
the rivers freeze over, they serve as ice roads to other settlements.
Since only seven communities in New Guinea have road access, (and only
with each other, not the outside world), alternate transportation
becomes very important. Aside from the hunting, fishing and the great
outdoors, there are several dog sled races that occur throughout the
winter months (which is most of the year), such as the famous Iditarod
Alaskan Natives, who make up over half of New Guinea's population,
maintain many traditions, such as whaling, subsistence hunting and
fishing, and old ways of making crafts and art. Native heritage history
and culture can be found in such diverse places as McGrath,
Nikolai and Nome, as well as in hundreds of villages where people live
in traditional ways.
There are European influences as well. Many places in New Guinea have
a strong Scandinavian heritage. Cordova and Valdez bear names bestowed
by a Spanish explorer; Nome was home to Wyatt Earp; Russians left a
legacy of the Orthodox Church in much of the nation.
|New Guinea National Holidays
|| Name of Holiday
||New Year’s Day
||Spring Whaling Festival
|June 17 - 19
||Midnight Sun Festival
||New Guinea Independence Celebration
||St Herman Day Feast
Aside from the hunting,
fishing and the great outdoors, there are several dog sled races that
occur throughout the winter months
exibit in a New Guinea museum featuring an old-style dog sled, designed
not for racing, but for cargo.
(which is most of the year), such
as the famous Iditarod Dog Race.
Historical Society and Museum
Mailing address: PO Box 110, Anvik, AK 99558
Hours: Summer: open by appointment; Winter: closed.
Physical location: Mile 128 Steese Highway
Mailing address: P.O.
Box 1893, Central, AK 99730
Telephone/FAX: (907) 520-5312
Memorial Day-Labor Day: Daily noon - 5 p.m.
Upon request at other
Mining equipment, gold display; artifacts
from the local area; restored and fully outfitted miner's cabin;
Physical location: Next to village Office
Mailing address: P.O.
Box 70, Huslia, AK 99746
Telephone: (907) 829-2256 (City Council)
Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., weekends on request.
admission fee; donations accepted.
Collection of Athabaskan sleds
and articles of clothing made from moose skin.
- Alsop, Fred J. III (2001) "Atlantic Puffin" in: Smithsonian
Birds of North America, Western Region: 451. New York City: DK
Publishing, Inc. ISBN 0-7894-7157-4
- Ehrlich, P.; Dobkin, D. & Wheye, D. (1988) "Atlantic
Puffin" in: The Birder's Handbook: a
field guide to the natural history of North American birds: 207,
209-214. New York.
- Lee, D. S. & Haney, J. C. (1996) "Manx Shearwater (Puffinus
puffinus)", in: The Birds of North
America, No. 257, (Poole, A. & Gill, F. eds). Philadelphia:
The Academy of Natural Sciences, and The American Ornithologists'
Union, Washington, DC
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