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Uberworld Countries: Australia and OceaniaThe Uberworld is a large and complicated setting, covering the seven continents of Earth, the oceans and even places beyond the planet and solar system, through time and alternate dimensions. These pages document the current situation in the various countries of Uberworld, including the incidence of ubers, position in global politics and interesting story hooks.
As a general rule, uberhumans occur once for every million people, although others factors may influence that ratio.
|not an uber (other source of powers)||
|active in country, but not born there|
Map from Perry-Casteneda University of Texas collection
|Australia (Commonwealth of Australia)|
|Language||English||GDP per Capita||$30,700|
|Known Ubers||(Assault), (Dingo), (Dumaguete), (Embrace), Enigma*, Eros*, (Esperanca), Grievous, Harm, Hecate*, (Memnon), (Nostrum), (Omen), Outback, (Pele), Professor Quake, (Razorback, (Southern Cross*), Tempus, Witch Hazel*|
|Information||The world's smallest
continent, Australia's population is mostly located on the east coast,
leaving a large proportion of its inner 'Outback' uninhabited.
Australia has been at the forefront of ubergetic research with the
establishment of a Numen-Kami Institute in the
1980s, which then spawned
the Southern Cross International organisation. Australia is closely
aligned with the United States, especially in relation to Foreign Policy,
and the government has tended to shift itself more to the political Right
in recent years. There is no official uberhuman security force,
although the Southern Knights operate in
such a capacity across Australia, New Zealand and Brazil.
The Skellarians, an alien race, have set up a small scout base in Australia, which is not generally known.
|Fiji (Republic of the Fiji Islands)|
|Language||English, Fijian||GDP per Capita||$5,900|
|Known Ubers||Pineapple Head|
|Information||After a brief year of political instability and stability, the government of these 322 Polynesian islands has once again changed due to a military coup. Though still largely subsistence agriculture and tourism, among the economies of the Pacific Islands, Fiji's is among the most developed. Because there are no external conflicts and minimal internal conflicts, the primary concerns are for natural disaster (especially hurricanes) and the growing crime due to unemployed youths. There is little in the way of superhuman activity save for the occasional vacationer or disaster aid from the Polynesian trio of superheroes known as the Sons of Maui. On occasion, the reluctant heroine, Pineapple Head has been known to help out.|
|Kiribati (Republic of Kiribati)|
|Language||English, I-Kiribati||GDP per Capita||$800|
|Information||A poor, but peaceful nation, Kiribati is made up of three chains of islands, of which 21 are inhabited. Rich phosphate beds were depleted by the time of independence from the United Kingdom. So, the economy is largely subsistence agriculture, with a small agricultural export economy and tourism. While it does have a police force, military support is from Australia and New Zealand. No superhuman activity has ever been reported for Kiribati although they have been visited socially by the Polynesian superteam, the Sons of Maui.|
|Marshall Islands (Republic of the Marshall Islands)|
|Language||Marshallese, English||GDP per Capita||$1,600|
|Known Ubers||Freemantle Doctor|
|Information||This island nation
of two archipelagos was once a territory of the United States and still
houses an American missile base. Two atolls, Bikini and Enewetak, were
former nuclear test sites during the Cold War. Subsistence agriculture and
a small tourist industry is greatly bolstered by U.S. Government
assistance. Fortunately, there is no internal or international conflict to
further stress the Marshallese economy.
An attempt by T.I.T.A.N. to obtain nuclear weapons from the American base was thwarted by the Sons of Maui and members of Sanction. In reality, the nuclear weapons had been removed a decade earlier. The American base includes a squad of Superhuman Task Force Agents to deal immediately with paranormal threats. However, since they began basing the agents in 2001, they have not had to utilized to counter superhumans. This facility also serves as a contact point with the Sons of Maui.
|Micronesia, Federated States of (Federated States of Micronesia)|
|Language||English||GDP per Capita||$2,000|
|Information||The Federated States of Micronesia consist of four island groups that were once territories of the United States. Still largely dependent on America for both economic and military reasons, there is little political or international turmoil here. The primary concern is for the future economy with steadily reduced economic aid from the U.S., major unemployment, and overfishing. Except during World War II, no superhuman activity has been reported for this country.|
|Nauru (Republic of Nauru)|
|Capital||Nauru (Yaren District)||Population||13,000|
|Language||Nauruan, English||GDP per Capita||$5,000|
|Information||This smallest of the
world's republics is a single island in Oceania. It remains associated
with Australia, to whom it belonged as a territory until 1968. With its
significant phosphate reserves depleted, Nauru is in an economic crisis
with 90% unemployment and government bankruptcy. Infrastructure and
critical services are severely deteriorating. Only financial aid from
Australia keeps the country from completely collapsing.
Of primary concern internationally, is the offshore banking industry which provides a money-laundering outlet for illicit goods. Several intelligence agencies are monitoring this industry for ties with the International House of Crime.
|New Zealand (Aotearoa) (New Zealand)|
|Language||English, Maori||GDP per Capita||$23,200|
|Known Ubers||Nostrum, Rainbow Warrior, Lance Westin*|
|Information||Known as Aotearoa,
or the Land of the Long White Cloud, New Zealand is a remote island
nation renowned for its stance on environmental protection, human rights
and free trade issues. New Zealand maintains a very strong
relationship with Australia and citizens from both countries share common
heritage, most notably in the ANZAC traditions.
New Zealand only has one public uberhuman hero, Nostrum, who is a member of the Southern Knights. New Zealand has had several other heroes in the past, but has not seen much conflict in an uberhuman context. The Head of S.A.G.E. is Lance Westin, a notable New Zealander.
|Palau (Republic of Palau; Beluu er a Belau)|
|Language||Palauan, English, Japanese, Filipino||GDP per Capita||$9,000|
(compared to the nearby Philippines and other states of Oceania)
prosperous nation of 6 island groups enjoys a decent tourism based economy
primarily due to its location. A former U.S. Territory, Palau is still
largely associated with America including military facilities.
While there are no superhumans who call Palau home, the alien, School, had been found recently to be spawning in several atolls and was preparing to spread out to other island chains in Oceania. S.A.G.E.'s Field Team engaged in a battle with the alien starship only to be waylaid by a cohort of Lemurians. Neither side claimed victory, but School and the Lemurians were driven away.
|Samoa (Independent State of Samoa)|
|Language||Samoan (Polynesian), English||GDP per Capita||$5,600|
|Known Ubers||Siva Afi*|
Samoa, this chain is now known as Samoa although many Samoans live on
islands in the U.S. Territory of American Samoa. It retains some ties with
New Zealand both economically and militarily. While there is little
unemployment here, a large part of its labor force is underemployed. The
majority of its economy is agricultural and is supplemented by exported
The superhero, Siva Afi is based in Samoa, but travels throughout Polynesia often as part of the Sons of Maui. He has by himself caused an increase in tourism to Samoa by 50% as he gives shows of awesome displays of Fire Knife Dancing.
|Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands)|
|Language||Melanesian Pidgin, English, 120 Indigenous Languages||GDP per Capita||$1,700|
the Solomon Islands went through a long period of ethnic violence which
was exacerbated by government corruption and a high crime rate. Since
2003, an Australian-led international peacekeeping force was invited by
the Solomonese Prime Minister. The government has since then been making
progress towards restoring stability and fostering economic progress.
Agricultural products predominate the economy although there are rich
undeveloped mineral resources.
In the past, superhuman mercenaries were paid by various factions to support their insurgent efforts. Independent, uninvited superhumans have been banned from the country and will be arrested on sight by the police or by the peacekeeping force. The Southern Knights as well as the independent superhero based in Cairns, Australia, TURTLE, have been granted open invitations by the Solomonese government.
|Tonga (Kingdom of Tonga)|
|Language||Tongan, English||GDP per Capita||$2,300|
|Information||The only remaining monarchy in Oceania, Tonga is a small nation of 169 islands. It has had some minor political disputes, but for the large part is a peaceful nation. Agriculture and tourism are the major industries, but the economy also needs bolstering from foreign aid and exported labor. There has never been superhuman activity other than social visits by the Polynesian superhero team, the Sons of Maui.|
|Vanuatu (Republic of Vanuatu)|
|Language||Local Languages (more than 100), Pidgin||GDP per Capita||$2,900|
|Information||Background and story hooks...|
Source: CIA World Factbook