These Fair Shores: The Commonwealth of New England

> Ruth Richardson as PM

I must say that I'm quite glad to see that my country has made it into the TL. And I notice that the Anglo-Bengali War started in 1971, the IRL year of the Bangladeshi War of Independence.
Although personally having mixed feelings towards the fact that Barisal is under the sea
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So based on the Bengali War infobox, Jim Prior was Governor General of Burma? Or is that a reference to increased white migration to the country?
So New Zealand has a voting age of 15 here? Wow.

What does the Immigration Act do?

The current proposals are to lower the voting age to 15, yeah. The Immigration Act, in short, essentially banned immigration to the country from all non-white groups, and even limited white settlement to try and ensure a closer racial balance between the maori and the white New Zealanders.

So based on the Bengali War infobox, Jim Prior was Governor General of Burma? Or is that a reference to increased white migration to the country?

That is correct! Governor-General. While Anglo-Bengalis do exist, they never became a major percentage of the population.

Apologies for the long response time on these! I just returned from a month-long overseas trip, so updates will flow soon.
What's the difference between Labour and Labour Democrats?

Essentially, Labour is a more broad-tent party that is focused on, well, labour unions, but also has long since lost its explicit socialist roots and is more a centrist-y wishy-washy party. The left-flank of the party split recently to form the Labour Democrats, which are explicitly climate activists and socialists. It's important to note that Westralia is a heaving mining and export country, something that Labour is entirely okay with. Labour is also okay with... not the best record of treating the country's indigenous population and minorities, while the Labour Democrats are. Both Labour and the Nationalists take a more loose interpretation of the whole "treaty that sets the eastern border" for mining settlements, while the Labour Democrats pledge to halt all illegal mining and offer compensation to impacted groups.

Interesting that Austrailia is an island part of the continent of Oceania

This developed for several reasons. Darwin is considered part of Nusantara (the Indonesia archipelago), as it has close economic and cultural ties to the region. It was often collectively administered as Nusantara with the rest of the British East Indies during the (explicit) colonial era. This helped to develop the mentality that Australia is merely an island, albeit one that is pretty massive overall. The settlement of Australia (country) and Westralia further helped to solidify this divide, as the language of the treaties used explicitly stated that they Australia (landmass) was an island, mainly due to the contact with the two islands in Aotearoa as well. This is not to say this has no detractors, many do say that Australia (landmass) is a continent, but simply the development of how it was defined was different leading to how it is today.
Since Herbert's ministries were during the Continental war, I presume he is one of the most famous and or regarded Prime minsters? good for him


As a Sandgroper (old colloquial self-nickname for West Australian), boy am I glad to see this new update! It's a nice surprise to see Herbert Hoover as a PM. I have my own thoughts about Dave Kelly, but that would be straying into Pol Chat lol.
Massive difference in territorial size here. What exactly lead to the British renouncing their claims on the interior?

Treaties with indigenous Australians for the most part. It was generally the policy of the colonial governments to ignore the treaties as much as possible, so eventually the British got involved and forcibly drew the boundaries of white settlement (to varrying degrees of succes). The overarching policy was to ensure the indigenous Australians were left alone and respected because it was the only thing keeping the peace in the east (The only indigenous war that took place in the East was in Tasmania, and for a very long time anything beyond the Blue Mountains was entirely indigenous, so they had immense political power.) The British were terrified of either a general revolt or France getting involved.