Foreign relations of Westarctica
As a sovereign nation-state, Westarctica engages in foreign relations with many nations, micronations, and other international governmental organizations. Aside from brief periods during the reign of Grand Duke Philip and Prime Minister Waesche, all foreign affairs have been handled by the Grand Duke of Westarctica, however, starting in 2018, a Minister of Foreign Affairs was appointed to handle day-to-day interactions with representatives from other countries.
History and diplomatic activities
In May 2005, Grand Duke Travis signed Westarctica's first treaty with the Republic of Molossia. This treaty became the go-to template for the treaties of many other micronations, and the portions of the text can still be found in micronational treaties to this day. Westarctica has signed treaties of friendship and recognition with dozens of micronations from around the world.
Since January 2015, Westarctica has enjoyed non-consultative status as a member of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs - NGO Branch. In this capacity, representatives from Westarctica have participated in annual planning sessions with other NGOs to create and implement Sustainable Development Goals on a global scale.
Westarctica's Diplomatic Corps evolved out of the Honorary Consular Corps, a volunteer organization that encourages Westarctican citizens and hereditary nobles around the world to become representatives for Westarctica right in their home country.