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Republic of Australia
Sector XII Oceanic Zone
FlagOceaniaX

OceanicZoneArmsX

Civil flag and Arms of the Sector as a unified entity

Sector
Anthem Onto Our Future/ Waltzing Matilda
Waltzing Matilda
Political centres Canberra
Official language(s) English (de facto)
Member states Australia, New Zealand, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, East Indonesia, numerous pacific islands
Leaders
President David Kelly
Prime minister Peter Thompson
Other officials Leefens Emjogs
Societal and Economical Development
Population 232,827,000
World superpower ranking 6
Main exports Mining (ores, uranium), Biofuels, Seafood, Agriculture, Sheep Products, Recycled Materials
HDI Very high (Australia and New Zealand), Medium (Island nations)
Democracy index 3.85 (Relatively liberal military dictatorship)
Politics
Controlling power Australian Military Forces, Unified Parliament of Oceania (In documentation only)
Government type Official: Unitary Presidential Republic

Actual: Enlightened military dictatorship

Preceding political entities Australasian Economic Community (briefly)
Average crime rate Medium to Low
Crime control A- (Pure military control and strong social security net reducing the need to commit crimes)
Unemployment 4%-10% (Variable between Mainland and Island nations)


The Sector XII Oceanic Zone, officially the Republic of Australia and informally as Australia is a military dictatorship with a heavily industrialised economy born from North American intervention and a coup d'etat. The nation draws a huge sum of its wealth through the mass production of extremely cheap third generation biofuel, leading to the sector becoming a crucial component to the world's supplies of fuel-based energy.

The military government attempts to rule the nation with an enlightened despotic hand, controlling the nation's affairs and economy stirring up fear of the looming Sector III in the north, however due to poor legislature and a constantly indecisive parliament, the government is largely hung in stagnation. However, the government has done the seemingly impossible and made the trains run on time.

History

Throughout the 20th and 21st century, disillusionment with Australian politics continued within the Commonwealth of Australia, causing a swing towards left-wing politics. The United States, however, considered the reignition of the labour movement and leftism within Australia to be a dangerous threat to their interests in the region. For that cause, they backed a military coup d'etat against the democratically elected government of the Commonwealth of Australia. The new military dictatorship faced protests against curtailments of liberty, however the military dictatorship, self-styled as the Transitional Government of Australia, considerably improved social reforms and put a great deal of work into the infrastructure, stilling the revolutionary spirit before it could take hold in the hearts and minds of all but a few people. Despite some level of international condemnation for the anti-democratic measures, the backing of the United States kept most of the condemnation limited to Europe and South America.

Things went further downhill, however, with an outbreak of violence in Papua New Guinea. Some accuse Australian infiltrators of starting it, however the result was that Australia deployed troops in an illegal invasion under the guise of restoring stability to the region. History remembers it as the First War of Australian Unification. The illegal invasion of a sovereign state under the guise of restoring order earned Australia the derogatory nickname of the "United States of Oceania". Other repercussions were more dire. Australia's membership in the Commonwealth of Nations was suspended, and members of the Commonwealth launched economic sanctions against Australia, sanctions that ultimately had little effect as they were limited to Commonwealth nations and not Australia's primary Chinese and American trading partners.

The continuing neocolonialist domination of East Timor that began only shortly after its independence from Indonesia was upped greatly, with Australia performing its largest naval live fire exercise just in international waters outside Dili. The exercise was reportedly visible from the coast and had a great impact on the "voluntary" absorption of East Timor into an official territory but de facto colony. It was at this time that Australia phased out its old flag and replaced it with the "more Australian" Eureka flag.

Indonesia, threatened by the continued increase of Australian military power in the region, began making aggressive moves towards Australia. Unfortunately, they drastically underestimated how much they could cow the jingoistic military dictatorship, and relationships quickly deteriorated into a successful war, netting Australia parts of Indonesia. Historians debate how much of it was merely land-grabbing imperialist expansionism and how much had further goals. In any case, that marked the beginning of the decline and eventual collapse of Indonesia.

Australia did not make any further expansion into the world. Though its earlier ones it could justify among the American public as restoring order and defending itself respectively, it realised that any further expansions would jeopardise its standing with the American public, and with it jeopardise the chances of North America using its veto power to block unfavourable UN resolutions concerning Australia.

A wonderful break for the Australians came after the World Justice Uprising, where the Siberians and the United Kingdom came to war. Australia unofficially sent military equipment over the the Siberian Zone. A brief weakening of the United Kingdom began the third and final War of Australian Unification. It started a war against New Zealand officially attempting to lift what it declared an illegal blockade, however the war expanded into the Pacific Islands. It ended in an unchallenged victory, with the Pacific Islands and New Zealand united under one banner. That is the modern political climate of Sector XII.

A notable incident was when the Rt. Hon Major Scott Theodore Francis Uldericks (No relation) was discovered to hold offices within Sector IV and a spy. After this, diligent background checks became compulsory for all members of military-political offices.

Geography

The landmass of Australia is referred to as the mainland, where the bulk of the population lives, maintaining the greater parts of the business economy and military. Ethnic Australian citizens live in comparative luxury with excellent infrastructure and a wide-ranging social safety net. They are, almost invariably, in the dark over the conditions in the rest of Sector XII, however a grassroots democratic socialist movement attempts to spread the information and offer non-violent resistance to the military governance. This resulted in calls for increased liberalisation, which the military government has promised soon.

The areas of South-East Asia and the Pacific Islands are the worst of the dumping grounds. After the annexation of New Zealand, all non-ethnic Australians were forced into South-East Asia to work in effectively sweatshop conditions for the mainland or the lucky ones who were recognised as being "Almost Australian" would attend "Australianification" camps to eradicate their native culture before being allowed to live on the mainland. Despite conditions that are compared to slave labour, an extremely efficient secret police have prevented other nations and sectors, even most people within the mainland, from learning about the true conditions. Because of that, Sector XII still receives large numbers of refugees from the rest of the world who seek riches and a stable society. Those refugees are generally "rescued" and shunted off to the sweatshops.

The landmass of New Zealand has become something akin to an upper class territory, where due to its attractive landscapes has become populated by the richest and most powerful citizens of Oceania. It is not referred to as New Zealand any longer, only referred to as the North Island Territory and the South Island Territory. The original population of New Zealand has vanished, with official government stance claiming that they sent them "somewhere nice, like Cambodia".

Since the Third War of Australian Unification, names of areas that are associated with "colonial imperialism" times such as the state of Victoria, New Zealand, and other such place names have been changed to names borrowed from the Aboriginal Australian languages, named after important Australian figures (such as Victoria which has been renamed to Kellys and New South Wales which was renamed to Blameys).

States and Territories of Sector XII

  • Auralia: Taking its name from an earlier proposed state, Auralia means "land of gold" and compromises south eastern Western Australia. The new administrative division was required to keep up with a growing population.
  • Western Australia: With the exception of Auralia, the state of Western Australia has changed little. Wide-ranging programs focusing on importation of millet and increases in desalinated irrigation programs, farmland continues to extend inwards out of desperation to ensure the growing population can always have food.
  • Kellys State: Formerly Victoria. Notable in that due to large populations of gum trees and chemical industry proliferation, the bushfire warning scale has one last level above Catastrophic, "Apocalyptic".
  • Blameys State: Formerly New South Wales.
  • Tasmania: Notable for running out of trees, causing a temporary economic depression before it was figured out they could dig up the mountains for anything valuable.
  • Northeast Australia: Formerly Queensland, also known as Thompsons State.
  • Northern Territory: Only slightly more populated than before, due to wholesale shifting of the Aboriginal population over into Timor. 
  • South Australia
  • Oceania: Administrative division encircling the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu.
  • Timor:
  • Eureka: Occupies the Papuan lands.
  • North Island:
  • South Island:

Member Nations

  • Eureka flag Australia
  • FlagAustralianEastTimor Republic of Timor

Since 2100 East Timor's HDI has graduated to a strong High. Serves primarily as a dumping ground for lucky refugees and as a speedbump against any Chinese invasion. Australia uses the Republic of Timor as a propaganda outlet to deflect accusations of racism (and annoying the Indonesians) by improving their lives as greatly as possible and treating them as well as mainland Australians.

  • FlagAustralianFijiFiji

Along with New Zealand, Fiji was annexed during the Third Australian Unification War. Operates mainly as a naval fortress and airstrip.

  • FlagOceaniaNewCaledonia New Caledonia

Annexed during the Third Australian Unification War, taking advantage of France's heavily occupied defences on home soil and sea during the World Justice Uprising.

  • FlagNewZealand New Zealand
  • FlagPNG Papua New Guinea
  • FlagOceaniaSolomon Solomon Islands

Operates mainly as a naval fortress.

  • FlagOceaniaXX Tuvalu

Operates primarily as a seaborne outpost monitoring foreign naval activity.

  • FLagVanuatu Vanuatu

Operates mainly as a naval fortress.

Other Nations

Considerable areas of Indonesia currently remain under Oceanic influence. Furthermore, the nations inside Micronesia and western Polynesia were minor conquests in the Third War of Australian Unification.

Politics

Military

Whilst generally peaceful, since the dawn of the year 2122 and the threat of China looming in the north, Oceania has driven itself into a mobilised war economy. It justifies the constant war footing through infrequent clashes with Indonesia and scaremongering towards Indonesian and Chinese military power.
OceanicArmy

Badge of the Australian Army. The Australian defence force in particular is often noted as being the primary force of law throughout the entire sector.

Elementals are treated with distrust by many members of society and their powers are considered anti-egalitarian and non-conforming. As such, all those with identified elemental powers are forced into active military service, the only group that receives conscription. As a military career is frequently synonymous with a political career in other sectors, many elementals do not consider a guaranteed job as a high-value soldier a bad thing.

Governance

The military is the sole source of law within the nation. Any military official is entitled to search, detain and/or arrest anybody that arouses suspicion. If suspected by police to be carrying a prohibited item, a citizen can be further subjected to a humiliating strip search of both person and any associated vehicle or house. Any right to bail is typically automatically denied.

Anyone who happens to be in declared public zones carrying a banner larger than 1m x 2m, or banner poles - even laser pointers or kites - is susceptible to being charged with a $5,500 fine, as well as being subsequently removed from the area.

For decades since the Sector's founding, there has been in-practice an “excluded persons” blacklist drawn up by the military. There is no specific criteria listed as to how one is placed on this list, no requirement of being notified that one is on the list, and once on the list, an excluded person can be denied access to over 11 square kilometres of public regions, fined $5,500, and can even face arrest.

Persons found guilty are normally imprisoned in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day, with only one hour of visitation rights per week, no access to gym equipment or television and all phone calls and mail monitored.

The military has the right to deny individuals the right to silence. Those who refuse to answer questions during detainment face jail sentences that rapidly increase in severity depending on the number of times the interviewee refuses to answer. The minimum sentence is five years for a third offence.

In terms of criminal organisations themselves, the military and parliament has full power to declare any organisations as criminal. Under these laws, any participant of these organisations faces a range of penalties, ranging from six months to three years of imprisonment. It is also a crime to gather with two or more other participants from a proscribed organisation, to enter proscribed premises such as meeting locations or organisational headquarters, including public events, or lastly to recruit people into such a proscribed organisation.

Any member of a proscribed organisation found guilty of charges ranging from “assaults in interference with trade or work” to drug or unregistered weapon possession, will face a mandatory extra 15 years’ jail time on top of their ordinary sentence. Office bearers of such organisations face a mandatory extra 25 years.

In the case of these charges, the burden of proof is reversed. Anyone accused of being a so-called “vicious lawless associate” has to prove either that they are not involved with the organisation or that the organisation itself does not exist for the reason of committing the listed offences.

Australia’s anti-corruption and organised crime watchdog, the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC), of which has recently begun operation sector-wide, can deny individuals the right to silence. Those who refuse to answer questions from the CMC face jail sentences that rapidly increase in severity depending on the number of times the interviewee refuses to answer. The minimum sentence is five years for the third offence.

The commander in Chief of the Australian Military Forces, David Kelly, has openly stated that these laws should be used to create a “revolving door” of imprisonment for anyone who refuses to cooperate.

Economy

AUD

Sector XII Five Dollar note, depicting a portrait of David Kelly. Before the sectoral revolution, the five dollar note traditionally showed a portrait of the sovereign king or queen.

With the unification of New Zealand and Australia, and the conquest of south-east Asia, the sector adopted the Australian dollar. Foreign companies frequently refer to it as the Oceanic Dollar, unaware of the exact conditions inside Sector XII.

The sector's most famous university is the Benito Mussolini University - named after a famous 21st century Australian journalist - located in the ACT. It is famous for turning out a large number of skilled locomotive timetable planners.

Society

Known Citizens

  • Jacinta Hansen
    • A past citizen of the nation. Hailing from a New Zealand-based survival colony, upon discovery she was immediately transported to mainland Oceania by a fortunately merciful Oceanic First Classer. All other governmental data has not been recorded.
  • Natalie Hansen
    • ++DATA DELETED++
  • Jordan Hansen
    • ++DATA DELETED++
  • Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Winston Dalton
    • The former minister to preside over the work camps in the colonies. Dalton was ousted after a probe by a rival minister uncovered that he had been punishing dissident workers through amputation of limbs and summary executions. While commended for his dedication to the cause by Dr. Leefens Emjogs who deemed Winston Dalton an "inspirational leader of our generation", Prime Minister Thompson called for the immediate dismissal of the Immigration Minister in response to the adverse impact his practices had had upon worker productivity. After Dalton had been fired from his position, it was given to his primary supporter, Dr. Leefens Emjogs.
  • Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Dr. Leefens Emjogs.
    • A notable minister currently presiding over the work camps in the colonies. He received doctorates in anthropology, medicine and racial theory from the Benito Mussolini University, A. H. Division. Under his leadership, a specialised medical division was set up for human experimentation on the generally unwilling populations of the colonies. Despite being little more than formalised torture, the results have saved many lives and advanced many sciences by decades.
  • Allan Rhinehart-Murdoch
    • A media tycoon and owner of 97.9% of mainstream Australian media, the Rhinehart-Murdoch press operates as the primary propaganda engine for the Australian government. The media is rife with American culture fetishism in addition to deeply held anti-Islam, anti-Aboriginal, anti-welfare, pro-war sentiments.
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