REPUBLIC OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA.
Locations in the
The Western Republic of Australia was formed in early 1933, although it
did not recieve much attention until 1935 when it launched an attack
that drove the Commonwealth forces from their footholds and back into
their own territory.
The Western Republic came about in 1930, when elections across
Australia put strongly regionalist supporters into the Western
Australia government seats, both locally and in the
At first things went smoothly, until several small measures easily
passed through the Parliament and House of Representatives. Both
affected the West only a little, however it was by the pure measure of
which the West was ignored, which angered many of them. The
West voting against both measures, and yet having the near entirety of
the houses voting for it (Minor laws affecting commerce, they provided
a stepping stone to higher-power politics. )
As tensions began rising, their Parliament members began voting as a
block, opposing many of the newer measures, many of which would have
only marginally affected the West, primarily as a means of protest
against some of the other actions of the government.
In 1932, rumors of seccesion began. With the breakup of the
United States, many Western Australians saw this as an
opportunity. Although much of the older population
was neutral of an opinion, and although slightly in support, the
younger population rapidly grew on the idea.
The Western leaders, and Parliament members began having meetings
within Western Australia. By June of 1932, they had decided to
prepare for the possibility of seccession.
Perth was chosen as the possible capitol, and funds were raised to
enlarge and renovate it's harbor for access by large numbers of cargo
vessels. Numerous "Ranch projects" were started
across Western Australia in preperation for aerodromes and military
The final straw came in March of 1933, when the Canberra government
passed a number of tax lawes, increasing taxes on agricultural trade,
while at the same reducing those for industries "To stimulate
workmanship in these hard times". It was passed
almost unilaterally with exception of Western Australia and a the of
votes from those in the rural sections of the other territories.
However as the industralized territories and urban sections gloated
about their victory, the West was mobilizing it's forces.
On April 8th, 1933, Western Australia seceded from the Australian
Commonwealth, and declared itself the Republic of Western Australia,
withdrawing their representatives from the Canberra
government. They announced that new membership from any of
the other Australian states would also be welcome into their nation,
although none responded.
Joseph Lyons immediately branded the state as rebels, and sent
Commonwealth troops to crush the "rebellion".
As the Commonwealth forces approached the Western Republics border, and
were met by Republican forces. Several skirmishes broke out, with
the Western forces routed, and the Commonwealth forces marching into
The WRA's government had fled to a temporary captiol, and responded
with their newly acquired air force. Fairchild Bandit's
obliderated the Commonwealth fighters, and then proceeded to wreak
havoc on the Commonwealth coluimn, before Republican troops
counter-attacked and then captured them, netting the WRA their first
victory and 4,000 prisoners.
For nearly four months afterward, the two sides clashed. Neither
side had fixed lines, and at times units were sometimes based 400 miles
inside their opponents territory. Engagements consisting of armed
camps making patrols and engaging other armed forces, with no area
being fully secured, with the exception of Perth, which managed to beat
back several Commonwealth offensives.
Finally in the beginning of 1934, the Commonwealth withdrew it's troops
from WRA territory and established a formal line. Both
sides had suffered nearly 10,000 casulties by this time.
The Commonwealth established formal lines, fortifiying some sections
and moving their available aircraft to the front, temporarily ceasing
offensive actions to reorganize.
While they did so, the Western Republic did not waste time.
The Perth harbor was cleaned (A number of ships had been sunk by RAAF
aircraft and had the major channels plugged), and renovated, Perth
fortified, and three major aerodromes for military use, and use by
civilian airships were built.
The first formal Republican Military units, the 1st and 2nd Republican
Combined Arms Brigades, and 3rd and 4th Republican Air Battalions were
formed, and the various volunteer units organized into formal uinits
and recieving unit numbers.
(Note: In these early stages of war, there was little actual
organization, with brigades, battalions and even divisions recieving a
number. As such, numbers 5 through 16 were solely volunteer units, the
smallest having 500 men, and the largest 5,500. This trend has
continued to this day. leading to slight confusion when dealing with
The front lines were fortified as well, and forward aerodromes
constructed. A major part of their next plan, a road
network was upgraded leading from Perth directly to the front
lines. The intent was to be able to quickly transport supplies
(The WRA having access to only 2 zeppelins at this time) to the front
lines. However this project was far from complete at
the time of the offensive, leading to it's failure.
By January, the Republic was ready and launched a surprise attack on
the un-prepared Commonwealth. With the help of mercenary
units, the Revolutionary forces crushed the Commonwealth front lines,
and penetrated deep to their rear.
Several units were surrounded and soon surrendered, however some
pockets refused, with several small towns having "last stands" in which
the remaining troops were forcibly flushed out with house to house
With relatively well organized air support (Through use of foreign
instructers), the ground forces pushed deep into Commonwealth
territory, their newly arrived armored forces providing an initial
firepower advantage against the unprepared Crowns (A derogatory
nick-name coined in the WRA for a Commonwealth Supporter).
However the offensive slowed as a number of factors became
apparent. Primarily, the reason was one which halted many
offensives. The lack of fuel and ammunition, which was slow in
arriving on the arid and rugged outback roads. The others
was the arrival of British "Peacekeeper" forces and the Commonwealth
calling up it's reserves.
The offensive slowed and then stopped. Both sides spent
nearly a year licking their wounds, the Commonwealth making a few token
offensives to save face, however little actual fighting.
In 1936, the British Crown sent a offer to the Republic to dissolve,
and ask for re-admission to the Commonwealth, and all possible charges
would be ironed out with the Commonwealth. The Republic let the
ultimatium expire, and then sent it's reply three hours later.
a surprise air raid, 4 Republican Air Brigades (About 250 aircraft)
struck in unison against Commonwealth targets all along the line.
In the surprise night-time attack, almost 200 Commonwealth aircraft
were destroyed on the ground, along with dozens of tanks, and a number
of supply depots, and infrastructure. Fears of a renewed
offensive proved fruitless, the Republic mearly making a point in their
stand in the Civil War.
Since then the lines have remained quiet, small offensives taking
place, but taking a backseat to the more common raids and
However now, in late 1937, the Republicans have managed to move within
65 miles of Darwin and Alice Springs, in a nearly north and south
line. The raids by both sides have also been increasing, as
both have licked their wounds and are gaining moderate numbers of
The current government in Perth is formed of primarily the Republican
National party, consisting of conservative agricultural
members. However the government is fully open to all
parties, and as such political debates have been small.
The WRA is having slight monetary problems in regards to the war, it's
exports not being worth nearly the amount of arms and munitions they
import to continue the war. As such a number of loans have
been taken out from Hollywood, the ISA, and Texas, although the WRA
government has "politely" refused such offers from the USSR and
Germany, possibly feeling that those nations are more likely to twist
their arms in political agendas.
The WRA leaders are trying to build the Republics industrial base,
their initial industries were primarily 3 arms factories, one building
Lee-Enfield rifles, another ammunition, and one which had been half
completed, for production of the Model 1926 Browning
heavy cannons, firing the 15 Millimeter(.60 caliber) round common to
Since then, several more have appeared, including an
official Republican government armory that is producing (legally
licensed from Debruin) Devastator copies. There are
alot of domestic arms manufacturers. Producing small
arms and ammunition at astonishing rates (In fact there is even a
number of armories producing small arms for EXPORT, in exchange for
Among the largest government supplier however is a quasi-armory,
producer named "Domestic Arms Co.". They have their fingers in
all sorts of projects. Including testing of a fighter prototype,
production of a automatic rifle and a man-portable rocket launcher.
Thier biggest known feat though is their conversion of the rather
worthless Panzer I tanks into usable combat vehicles..They completely
renovated the chassis of 45 government bought Panzer I's, replacing the
weak .30 machine guns with a six pack layout of rockets, providing a
effective short range anti-aircraft strongpoint. The stripped .30
caliber turrents are then installed into defence lines, being small one
As production of their prototype fighter continues, we will be sure to
keep you updated