December 18, 2014

Is Santa Claus a Russian or a Dane?

In news this week, Denmark has laid claim to the North Pole citing scientific data that Greenland (an
independent country that is part of Denmark) sits atop a continental shelf connected to a ridge beneath the Arctic Circle.  The Associated Press reports that this information provides Denmark with a claim to the region and, more critically, the energy resources thought to be in the Arctic.

The United States currently estimates that the Arctic seabed could contain 15% of the earth's remaining oil, 30% of the planet's natural gas, and 20% of its liquefied natural gas. Beyond this natural wealth, whichever controls the Arctic also controls the Northern Sea Route over the top of the world which will become the quickest way to move goods around the world.

Currently five nations have competing claims to the Arctic: United States, Canada, Russian, Norway, and Denmark.  Each borders the Arctic Ocean and is free to pursue its own policies within its declared Arctic boundaries.  Denmark intends to take its claim to the United Nations for an eventual decision on control of the area.  Russia has also laid claim to the area based on scientific research.  Read more

So who will control the Arctic area?  And more importantly, which nation will be the home of the North Pole and thus determine the citizenship of Santa Claus?  Will this be a major issue during the coming year?  Will Santa Claus be able to operate independently next Christmas?  Which country will control labor laws and tax rights to the North Pole including Santa and the Elves?  Will this be the year when the United Nations decides whether Santa Claus is a Russian or a Great Dane?