Re: OU and New Caledonia - was RE: [GZG] NSL Geopolitical Composition
From: "john tailby" <John_Tailby@x...>
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2006 18:02:29 +1200
Subject: Re: OU and New Caledonia - was RE: [GZG] NSL Geopolitical Composition
So you support the alternate timeline where Kim Beasley came into power
remilitarised Australia to protect it's mineral wealth from hordes of
Indonesian boat people?
If you want a militaristic future maybe NZ discovers offshore oil or
undersea minerals and so increases it's military capabilities to defend
resources against Japanese whaling fleets and other mineral resources.
Faced with a distracted France and being subverted by militant Islamic
terror groups funded by Indonesia maybe NC asked or Australia decided it
needed to act to protect it's own interests.
Neither NZ or Australia is likely to have the capability to manufacture
in the next 50 years so they would need to buy them from somewhere.
links suggest their gear might will be Anglican.
Could be a bit of fun alternate history....
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, August 22, 2006 11:45 AM
Subject: OU and New Caledonia - was RE: [GZG] NSL Geopolitical
> I can't remember the circumstances for OU going to New Caledonia so
> is off the top of my head, but...
>> Why would Australia and NZ invade New Caledonia? The people enjoy
> being part
>> of France and there is no mineral wealth worth taking.
> Ignoring NZ's current capabilities (for one the event is decades into
> the future and things could change and two its fiction) New Caledonia
> may well have just been "picked up" as Australia and co went in to
> "settle down" violence arising from renewed tension between the native
> Melanesians and those descended from French settlers. Everytime
> been talk of a referendum on independence in the past the place has
> up like a fire cracker so maybe the same holds true into the future
> the Australians and NZers "step in" as peace keepers initially.
> Reasons for staying maybe that New Caledonia opted to ask to stay a
> of the OU. Alternatively (as this is a wargame) New Caledonia does
> mineral resources (cobalt, copper, gold, iron, lead, manganese,
> and silver) and it has a fairly decent level of fisheries exports - so
> that and other marine resources could be another impetus for
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