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Uberworld Countries: Australia and Oceania

The 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.

Key:

*

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)
Capital Canberra Population 20,090,000
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)
Capital Suva Population 893,000
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)
Capital Tarawa Population 103,000
Language English, I-Kiribati GDP per Capita $800
Known Ubers None
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)
Capital Majuro Population 59,000
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)
Capital Palikir Population 108,000
Language English GDP per Capita $2,000
Known Ubers Gemini
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
Known Ubers None
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)
Capital Wellington Population 4,035,000
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)
Capital Koror Population 20,300
Language Palauan, English, Japanese, Filipino GDP per Capita $9,000
Known Ubers None
Information This relatively (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)
Capital Apia Population 177,200
Language Samoan (Polynesian), English GDP per Capita $5,600
Known Ubers Siva Afi*
Information Formerly Western 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 labor.

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)
Capital Honiara Population 538,000
Language Melanesian Pidgin, English, 120 Indigenous Languages GDP per Capita $1,700
Known Ubers None
Information After independence 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)
Capital Nuku'alofa Population 112,400
Language Tongan, English GDP per Capita $2,300
Known Ubers None
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)
Capital Port-Vila Population 205,700
Language Local Languages (more than 100), Pidgin GDP per Capita $2,900
Known Ubers None
Information Background and story hooks...

Source: CIA World Factbook