Westarctica seeks to engage technology and people in service of the environment while pursuing sovereignty for Western Antarctica.

Westarctica Scholarship Grant


The Westarctica Conservation Scholarship is a $500 graduate research grant for the study of climate change.  The goal of this research scholarship is to invest in early-career researchers who are pursuing a career in climate-change science.​

This research scholarship is available to anyone who meets the following criteria:

  1. Pursuing a graduate degree (Master’s or PhD) in any nationally-accredited university or organization (i.e. zoo, field station) in the world.

  2. Researching a topic aligned with climate-change or global conservation issues.

  3. Planning a research project for the summer of 2021.

Westarctica Worldwide

As a sovereign nation-state, Westarctica engages in foreign relations with many nations, micronations, and other international governmental organizations.  Grand Duke Travis has undertaken many state visits on behalf of Westarctica and has traveled widely to promote the country's interests and to help raise awareness of micronations in general.

Our foreign affairs program includes our Honorary Consular Corps, consisting of dozens of individuals representing Westarctica's interests around the world.

You CAN make a difference.

By taking action in support of Westarctica's ongoing conservation efforts, YOU will be an integral part of our fight against rising sea levels.

Simple actions include:

  • Recycling bottles, cans, glass, and paper.

  • Reduce consumption of meat.

  • Reusing water bottles and plastic bags.

  • Utilizing public transportation or driving a hybrid vehicle.

  • Conserving water use in your home.

  • Patronize ecologically friendly companies.

  • Participate in a Climate rally.

  • Make purchases through Amazon Smile.

Visit our Get Involved page for more ideas of how you can be an active part of Westarctica's mission.

The Sound of Westarctica

Looking for a way to spend your free time while social distancing?

The Moulton-Berlin Orchestra is releasing new music every day and listening to the music created by our national orchestra is is completely free!

All music is created by the Kapellmeister, the Duke of Moulton-Berlin, who has been a citizen of Westarctica since 2004.  As one of our oldest citizens, His Grace has a unique understanding of what it means to be Westarctican and how to express it in music.


The Wall Street Journal


22 June 2020

Grand Duke Travis ... claimed 620,000 square miles next to the South Pole on the basis that nobody else has, then registered Westarctica as a charity to raise awareness of how climate change is affecting wildlife in Antarctica.

Westarctica is moving steadily to establish a frozen foothold in the large unclaimed portion of the frozen continent.  It professes an ambition to actually inhabit the land it's claimed, and then open it up to tourism.  Better pack the long johns.

In 2004, Travis exploited a loophole in the Antarctic Treaty to name himself Grand Duke of Westarctica on Marie Byrd Land – but the US Navy, which disapproved of its lieutenant's territorial claims, forced him to abdicate.

Lonely Planet


September 2006

The Independent


30 November 2014

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