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Category: Variant



The Arctic Ocean has received much press recently due to two major issues: global warming and the resultant melting of the polar ice cap, and the potential for harvesting oil in the area, much it offshore (represented by offshore supply centers). This variant is based on the premise that the five Arctic nations may soon be competing for this oil, and of course will have to deal with each other and the environment in the process.


Variant Rules

  1. The regular rules of Diplomacy apply, except where amended below.
  2. Progression of time: Instead of two movement and retreat seasons and one adjustment season per year, everything is doubled, so there are four movement seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter), four retreat seasons (Spring Retreats, Summer Retreats, Fall Retreats, and Winter Retreats), and two adjustment seasons (Summer Adjustments and Winter Adjustments). In practice, there is no change to the flow of gameplay; the reason this change is included is to accomodate the rules regarding ice territories (see below).
  3. The game starts in Fall 2010 (yes the "middle" of the year).
  4. There are 26 supply centers, so the victory criterion is control of 14 supply centers at the end of any Summer or Winter retreat season.

Ice territories

The Five Arctic Nations

Russia (Grey)

Russia is the current frontrunner in the Arctic, having already established drilling sites on and off shore and famously having planted a flag on the sea bed at the North Pole, but the Motherland may have trouble controlling all the oil along its vast Arctic coastline from other nations. Russia starts with an army in Archangel and an army in Pevek. Russia's third home supply center is Magadan, but Russia's third starting unit is a fleet in the Sea of Okhtosk. If it is under Russian control, Russia may build in Western Siberia.

Norway (Red)

Norway's long coastline should definitely prove fruitful for Arctic expansion, especially into the oil-rich Barents Sea. But the key to Norway's success in the Great White North may well be Svalbard, Norway's even more northernly holding. Norway starts with a fleet in Oslo, a fleet in Tromso, and an army in Longyearbyen.

Canada (Pink)

With the recent opening of the Northwest Passage due to global warming, Canada has been part of an ongoing debate about whether that soon-viable traderoute is international or Canadien-internal waters. Canada claims a great amount of land in the Arctic, but will need to actually expand there in order to be successful. Canada starts with a fleet in Nain, an army in Churchill, and an army in Yellowknife. While not a supply center, Canada is also permitted to build fleets, but not armies, in Western Canada.

Denmark (Purple)

While Denmark itself does not border the Arctic, Denmark possesses Greenland, the worlds' largest island, and from there must start its quest for success in the Arctic. Denmark also contols the Faeroe Islands, a small territory in the Atlantic that could serve as a useful port. Denmark starts with a fleet in Torshavn, a fleet in Nuuk, and an army in Station Nord.

United States (Blue)

Because of its possession of Alaska, the United States will be sure to have its say in the fate of the Arctic and already has the infrastructure, such as the Great Alaska Pipeline, to take advantage of whatever oil it can get its hands on. But the energy-hoarding Americans can never get enough oil, and thus will be looking to expand beyond their relatively small Arctice enclave. The USA starts with an fleet in Juneau, an army in Anchorage, and and an army in Barrow.

Map Notes


Land Bridges

The following Land Bridges exist, connecting the two named territories:

The Bering Strait

The Bering Strait, represented by a small, unmarked circle, is not itself a space, but marks a point at which all five territories that border it (Seward Peninsula, West Bering Sea, East Bering Sea, Kamchatka, and Chukchi Sea) meet. All five of these territories are considered adjacent, and therefore direct movement between them is possible.

List of Territories

Note: *=home supply center, **=neutral supply center

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