There was initial concern over satellite tracking that suggested re-entry could occur over Canberra, Australia where the New Weddington Isles Prime Consul is located - or even in the section of the South Indian Ocean where the New Weddington Isles themselves lie.
The New Weddington Space Program, which tracks key satellites said of the event: "Whilst we are pleased that there appears to be no injuries or land-based damage in this instance, we have growing concern over the volume of controlled and uncontrolled space debris returning to Earth. space-faring nations tend to arrange returns to land within the Ocean to minimise risk; but this is little comfort to those small macro- and micronations that exist within these zones - as the current proximity of Long-March-5's landing to the Maldives demonstrates.
"This is not just a concern for the citizens of nations in this area; it is also further increasing other instances of pollution and environmental damage to the planet in which we all reside. As and when micronations move towards some form of physical space activity in the future (e.g. use of near-space weather balloons, investment in private ventures) we urge a cautious and responsible approach."