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In 1901 the British colonies on the Australian continent federated into a single country. But what if that didn’t occur and each colony – like New Zealand in real life - became its own independent nation?
This variant is set in 1973 at the height of the world’s first oil shock and when the Australian political landscape was lead by characters larger than life. The nations in the region are eying each others’ rich supply centres, whether that’s cities, oil fields or uranium mines. Anti-colonialism drums are banging with Indonesia preparing for an invasion of the Portuguese territory of East Timor. Who will you make the first move against?
This game draws on pre-Federation history to guess what an Australian continent in an alternative 1973 would be like. What we know now as the ‘Northern Territory’ became part of South Australia in 1863. If Australia never federated it probably would have stayed as being part of South Australia. Similarly Queensland was given permission by Her Majesty Queen Victoria to annex Papua in 1883 with German New Guinea being added after the outbreak of World War One. The resources boom and oil shocks of the 1970’s see mining and oil interests as SC’s on the board: North West Shelf (oil and gas), Bass Strait (oil), Kakadu (uranium), Coober Pedy (precious gemstones) and even the Great Barrier Reef and Antartica(two of the world’s largest oil fields and mineral deposits in this alternate history.)
Mate against Mate is played like any normal game of Diplomacy with only a few minor differences: