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Introduction to Australia

Capital: Canberra
Continent: Oceania
Currency: Australian Dollar
Head of State: Elizabeth II
Prime Minister: Julia Gillard

Allies

The Commonwealth of Nations (in particular New Zealand) and the US.

Geography

It's very big. Either it's the largest island in the world, or the smallest continent, but either way it's a very big country. It's not very densely populated, though, with the majority of the population living in towns along its long coastline, with particular concentration in the big cities of its eastern coast.

The big empty spaces aren't just good to look at, as they contain a large amount of many essential natural resources. Political philosophy: Australia became independent from the British Empire in 1901, and maintains good relations with Britain, but even better ones with the United States.

As the dominant power in the South Pacific, a representative of Australia has considerable influence over regional issues. Australia isn't just a big fish in a small pond (which, ironically, is the largest ocean in the world) , however, as its military strength and economic resources allow it to involve itself in many conflicts and problems around the world.

If there's an international effort to do something, Australia is usually playing a significant role in this.

Economy

Australia is a wealthy country, with its natural resources helping it considerably. It is a leading proponent of free trade, with agreements with the US, New Zealand and the Association of South East Asian Nations, so if there are free trade talks, Australia will probably be in them.

Australia's Future

Australia is a nation forever on the up. With strong links to many of the world's fastest growing economies, it looks set to be in a strong position for the future.

Australia takes an active role in world affairs and is a very likely country to continue to do so.

News Sources

http://www.news.com.au/0,,,00.html
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/

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