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Flag of Antarctica, as proposed by the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat
image by António Martins, 19 January 2007
There is no official flag for Antarctica — mostly because there is no government or other authority to adopt such a flag.
Ole Andersen, 20 February 2000
The real flag of Antarctic was derived from the ATS emblem. [This flag is adopted by ATS as the flag of Antartica.]
Arnaud Leroy, 16 November 2006 and 18 January 2007
The various Antarctic treaties make it clear that no one country can claim any part of that continent as a political possession.
Ron Lahav, 14 March 2005
The information about the symbols of various Antarctic programs is so hard to get. The gentelman from the Ukrainian Antarctic Center informed me that to his knowledge all countries use their national flags there, but he might be wrong. It is possible that some of the logos are displayed in the form of flags, but I could not find any hard evidence of that.
Chris Kretowicz, 11 May 2001
From occasional footage on the Antarctic, I'd say that both statements are correct: The stations fly the national flags, but they also display(ed?) the logo of their organisations, sometimes in the form of flags. Of course, the researchers may have other things on their minds than caring about flags, so it may be that these are only hoisted on special occasions.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 12 May 2001
Vexillacta 12 (June 2001) [vxl] includes a flag-oriented interview of Alain Hubert, a Belgian explorer who walked through Antarctica with Dixie Dansercoeur (3,924 km in 99 days, November 1997 - February 1998). Hubert describes their arrival to the American base Amundsen-Scott, which is located on the geographical South Pole. Twelve national flags are hoisted there (outdoors) permanently in an arc. They represent the twelve countries which founded the Antarctic Treaty in 1958:
(I guess the South African flag was changed in due course and the Russian flag replaced the Soviet one.) This "frozen flag garden" was also shown in the last part of M. Palin's TV-series From Pole to Pole.
Ivan Sache, 18 July 2001
I thought the treated was signed in 1959, with only seven countries involved. Is anyone familiar enough with these events how the founding and signing could be so separate?
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 20 June 2016
Signed in 1959 by twelve countries, seven of which have territorial claims.
Tomislav Todorovic, 20 June 2016
Source: Wikipedia article
It's interesting to note that (almost) all countries that have or had claims over parts of Antarctica and that have or had adopted flags related to Antarctica, have taken the care of putting under these flags territories outside the Antarctic claims as well.
Jorge Candeias, 6 July 2002
Both Chile and Argentina take this to an extreme unheard of in other instances of borderline engeneering: Not only the 1st order division (resp. Magellan Region and Fireland) includes both disputed and non-disputed territories, but also the 2nd and even 3rd order divisions.
António Martins, 19 January 2007
With the usual exception, that is: in British Antarctic Territory there are no lands outside Antarctica.
Jorge Candeias, 6 July 2002
I daresay the United Kingdom was not so insecure in its claim that it felt the need to do so, as clearly putting other territories in with a claim creates an interesting legal precedent for any future actions which might take place. (It is a tactic used elsewhere in foreign policy, too.)
Colin Dobson, 18 January 2007