Kris Kringle’s potential eviction notice in the near future is not welcome news for children, the young at heart or those who still believe. This reason behind his potential future eviction stems from the greed of nations and their relentless pursuit of power and resources.
It has been widely reported that the North Pole is now a place of contention between Canada and Russia. The North Pole is mostly recognized by the public for its significance as the home base for Santa and his gift-giving army of elves. Recently however, interest in the area has risen among the world’s nations, primarily Russia and Canada.
The nearest permanently inhabited land mass, being over 500 miles away, is a town called Alert. The town is in the Qikiqtaaluk region, Nunavut, Canada. The area is actually located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and is covered in sea ice. So what could possibly be the reason for two countries to begin arguing over the possession of the North Pole? Toddlers and children all over the world might rally to oppose the arguments if they realize that Kris Kringle’s home turf is what is being discussed.
Russia’s interest in the area began as early as 1937 when it started building manned floating stations at the pole. Russia mans the area near a base of operation in the spring of each year. In 1907 Canada invoked a claim of sovereignty over a sector stretching from its coasts to the North Pole, Kris Kringle’s stomping grounds. This claim was not pressed until just recently. Russia, Canada, Norway, Denmark and the United States all have a 200 nautical-mile economic zone from their coast and beyond. Any area beyond this radius is governed by the International Seabed Authority.
Each country may have rights to extend its 200 mile zone. If validated, the claim gives the country the ownership right to what resources may be on or beneath the sea bottom. Through a ratification process of the United Nations, each country has 10 years to make its extended claim. Canada ratified its claim in 2003 bearing out its 10 years and beginning its claim in 2013. All of the countries have launched projects to base claims that certain areas of the Arctic Ocean should be subject to their sole sovereign exploitation. Although many love the story of Kris Kringle and his yearly endeavors, that childish sentiment has not found its way into the very serious issues being discussed regarding the land in question.
So what are these countries looking to exploit? What interest could they have in an area of the world that is wholly inhospitable and is in darkness three months out of year? The ocean floor of that area in question lies 12,000 feet deep and there is no port within a thousand miles. It certainly cannot be Kris Kringle, a bunch of elves and their secret toy making ability that has the nations so excited. The answer appears to be oil and natural gas, essential elements of commercial and military production, the big boy’s toys! The U.S. Geological Survey says the region contains 30 percent of the world’s undiscovered natural gas and 15 percent of its oil. The countries in the area want to tap the resource for future use. The possession of the North Pole becomes a power play as the countries jockey for the rights of exploitation. Kris Kringle and friends would not look pleasingly on the hard fought attempts of control being shown in the matter.
As the power brokers create political rhetoric and rattle their sabers over the North Pole, we have to ask who will own this precious area of the world. The future of whole civilizations and economic systems hang in the balance. The answer according to 1.9 billion young world citizens is Santa Claus, Grandfather Frost, Pere Noel, Wotan, Julemand, Natal Seeya, Tsai Sen Ye, Svaty Miklas, Sinterklass, Ron Popiel, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, Christkindl, and any other name that brings to mind a spirit of giving throughout 65 countries. This singular individual is surrounded by a loyal army of workers who toil not for pay, or riches, or valuable resources but for the passion of their craft. I, for one, would not want to be the leader of the nation who signs the eviction notice of the resident at 1 Reindeer Lane, H0H0HO Alaska, North Pole.
So, as the worldly holiday of Christmas approaches, the news could be that Kris Kringle has received an eviction notice and will, like much of the world which loves him, be looking for a place to call home.
By Anthony Clark