Società Imperiale per Geografia ed Antropologia

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Società Imperiale per Geografia ed Antropologia
Imperial Society for Geography and Anthropology
Emblem of SIGA
Emblem of the Society
Abbreviation SIGA
Formation 12 March 7451
Type Learned society
Headquarters 11-12 Viale Alessandro di Marona, Pena, Casella, Anisoran Empire
Membership 6,600
President Sir P. Benedetto Galluzzo
Secretary P. Luciano di Ranzano-Abrezzo
Patron HAIM Marius III

The Società Imperiale per Geografia ed Antropologia (Hallish: Imperial Society for Geography and Anthropology; Pastanan: Societas Imperialis Geographia et Anthropologia), also known as the Anisoran Society for Geography and Anthropology is the Anisoran Empire's learned society for geography and anthropology. The Society was founded in 7451 for the advancement of the geographical and anthropological sciences and publishes yearly pamphlets and publications, as well as organises lectures, research expeditions and fundraisers at its headquarters on Viale Alessandro di Marona in Pena.

The Society is particularly well known for its contribution to the exploration of Gotha. Throughout the Society's 130 year existence, numerous expeditions have been organised and launched ranging from arctic exploration, cartographic surveys, mountaineering, ecological expeditions, anthropological studies, colonial surveys, and much more. Fellows of the Society have travelled to almost all regions of the world, and continue to be amongst the most active explorers in all corners of the world, mapping and discovering regions previously unknown to Anarians.

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History

Governance

The post of President of the Imperial Society for Geography and Anthropology is a highly esteemed position. The President is elected from the fellowship of the Society and is head of the Society Council (although there is also a simultaneous Honorary President, currently HM The Grand Prince of Matrignano). The Society Council is made up of 20 elected fellows, each serving four year terms. In addition to the fellows, numerous honorary members of the council also sit at meetings, with the granting of the position of honorary member of the council from among the honorary fellows at the discretion of the President.

Past presidents

Below is a selective list of past presidents of the Society:

  • Sir Giuliano Lorano (7451-7457); the first President of the Society.
  • Rear-Admiral Benito Nardovino, 6th Count of Traverso (7493-7497); naval officer and oceanographer.
  • Lady Luciana della Rolla-Meragno-Torviano (7521-7525); first female President of the Society, known for her work on alpine climatology.
  • Ermino Amerighi (7529-7533); the first person to scale the north-east face of Monte Poravetta in 7509.
  • Sir T. Vinicio Scarsi (7541-7544); world famous anthropologist, especially well known for his work on the cultures of Aspasia and the western Shangti.
  • Colonel Sir Alessandro Robarino-Lamartina (7544-7548); arctic explorer and mountaineer known for his expeditions in the southern Himarian Sea and Antarctic.
  • Benedetto Sinagra-Morchese (7562-6566); travelling scholar and artist, known for his expensive travels in Davai, Raia, and Tharna.
  • Major Sir Riccardo Dontarini (7566-7570); mountaineer and leader of the Southern Ferric expedition in 7561.

Membership

Current fellows

Fellows of the Society are permitted to use the post-nominals SSIGA, standing for Socio/Socia della Società Imperiale per Geografia ed Antropologia (Fellow of the Imperial Society for Geography and Anthropology). Below is a selective list of some of the most well known current fellows of the Imperial Society for Geography and Anthropology:

Honorary fellows

The Society grants honorary fellowships to distinguished foreign personages who have contributed to the encouragement or advancement of the geographical and anthropological sciences and discovery. These honorary fellows are often invited to give lectures at the Society's headquarters in Pena. Below is a selective list of current honorary fellows:

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Expeditions

The chief of a Kelawaian tribe, photographed during the Second Central Aspasian Expedition.

Second Central Aspasian expedition (7539)

In 7539 the Second Central Aspasia Expedition was organised by SIGA and launched by the Viceroy of Aspasia Lord Balena-Ralaffi, under the command of the famous Anisoran anthropologist and future President of the Imperial Society for Geography and Anthropology T. Vinicio Scarsi, who along with his team explored the interior of Radhrian Island, including much of Amberian Ayatawantin (also known as Yunko Ma.1 Scarsi made contact with many tribal groups which had up until that point not been known to Anarians, as well as many of the local Aspasian population. These groups included the Pari, Kelawai, Doratanu and Nayak, the latter proving the most famous (after initial friendly contact, the expedition was attacked after they left the Nayak village where 11 Anarians were killed).

Southern Ferric expedition (7561)

The SIGA launched a major joint mountaineering expedition with the Società degli Montanari to the Ferric Mountains in Hradista-Bojov in 7561. The expedition was under the leadership of Major Sir Riccardo Dontarini, with Pietro Nardovina-Scarsi (nephew of ex-President of SIGA Vinicio Scarsi) as deputy leader. The expedition comprised of a core set of mountaineers, supported by surveyors, cartographers, a medic and photographers, as well as local Hradistai and Bojovic guides. The expedition succeeded in scaling numerous mountains, including Mount Ladova (Bojovic: Ľadová štít), which at 6,400 m (20,997 ft) had never been scaled before and at that time was the highest mountain to have been climbed in the world.

The expedition was also known for its use of an airship to resupply the various climbers, such was the inaccessibility of some of the mountains scaled, including Mount Ladova. Despite numerous issues with the aerial resupply mission, as well as making the expedition one of the most expensive undertaken by both SIGA and the Società degli Montanari, the pioneering attempt was considered a success, although numerous traditionalist mountaineers have questioned the airship's utility on such expeditions.

Anisoran expedition to Arsas (7580)

Main article: Anisoran expedition to Arsas (7580)

Medals and awards

See also

Notes

1 Which at the time caused significant tension between the Anisoran and Amberian colonial governments, as the expedition had not sought Amberian permission to enter their territory.

References

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