The Australian Commonwealth is the remaining portion of Australia that
remains a member of the British Commonwealth, what remained behind
after the rebellious Western portion of Australia broke off to form the
Republic of Western Australia.
However, let us start at the beginning. Australia was first
formed as a Royal Colony in the late 1700's. For the first half of the
19th century, it was a destination for prison convicts, a practice that
was phased out by the 1860's.
The nation gree massively in the late 1850's during that periods gold
rush. Since that time, Australia enjoyed an expanding population
and growing government ability. The colonies slowly
gained self-government, until 1901.
In the year of 1901, the Commonwealth of Australia was born, as a
Dominion of Britain. The years of 1901 to 1930 were spent
organizing the nation, such as creation of North and Central Australia
from the one Northern territory, the acquiring of outlying islands and
interests from Britain.
The Great War was one of the factors that led up to the current
conflict. The more industrial and urban eastern areas
rallied for support of "Crown and Country", with the Prime Minister
proclaiming "If the Empire is at war, so also is
Australia." This was in contrast to the rural and western
portions of the Commonwealth, that were more removed from British
contact and influence.
And although many rural Australians served with distinction among the
Light Horse and Mounted Rifles units, it still created moderate tension
when the "Civilized" governments stood so firmly beside the Crown,
while the nation was divided.
However that tension faded as the Great War ended, and the Commonwealth
expanded in population, industry and trade for nearly a dozen years.
However as the late 1920's arrived, tensions again arrived.
Worldwide tensions were mounting, and the growing regionalism movement
had arrived in Australia. Things remained peaceful however
for a number of years.
Not until 1929, did the situation immediately grow more dire. The
Canberra government passed several trade laws, and deals with England
that drew anger from the rural segment of the nation. The problem
worked itself out within a year, and things went back to
However the damage had already been done.
With the 1930 elections showing a clear divide between Western
Australia and the other territories, with the West electing local
officials and government representatives that were strongly
regionalist, and voting against the Prime
Minister choice, who they claimed was in the King's hind pocket.
Beginning in 1930, tensions again began mounting between Western
Australia and the rest of the Commonwealth. The
representitives from that territory voting as a block against a number
of bills that were pushed through by the other territories as a means
By January of 1932, rumors of seccession began circulating. The
break-up of the United States had been big news in Australia,
especially among the rural segments, who saw predominately
rural-oriented nations such as Dixie and Arixo form.
A number of powerful Western leaders began meeting in secret.
Ranchers, shipping magnates based in the West, along with local
officials and representitives. By the end of 1932,
decisions had been made to prepare for the possibility of seccession.
Perth was prepared as a possible capitol, with the harbor gaining funds
for renovation and expansion, while numerous "Ranch projects" were
started in preperation for airstrips and military bases.
The final straw came in February of 1933 when the Canberra based
Commonwealth passed a number of laws, raising taxes on agricultural
trade, while at the same time lowering them on industries in order to
"Incite workmanship in the hard times". These laws
affected the entire rural segment of Australia, however the West took
it personally, due to their already heavy friction with the
On April 8th 1933, Western Australia declared it's independance from
the Commonwealth of Australia, withdrawing it's representatives from
the Canberra government. They declared Perth
their capitol, and proclaimed to welcome any other Australian territory
who wished to join them.
Almost immediately, Prime Minister Joseph Lyons declared the Republic of Western
Australia as rebels and dispatched troops to crush the
Commonwealth troops from Victoria and New South Wales arrived at the
border of the new "nation". They were met by Republican
troops, and several short vicious skirmishes broke out before the
rebels were routed.
The Commonwealth forces continued onto Perth, but found virtually none
of the leaders, who disappeared underground. The
Commonwealth military column was then ambushed by newly purchased
After a mauling by the aircraft, the Republican ground forces launched
a series of counter-attacks that crippled the column, and it
surrendered, handing the Western Republic it's first victory, and 4,000
For nearly 4 months afterwards, the two sides clashed back and force,
the entire length of the outback. Neither side having a
firm line, and no real organization, it amounted to little more than
armed units stumbling onto each other, then engaging in fierce
The "Struggle" continued until late 1934, when the Commonwealth
temporarily withdrew their troops to the Western Republic's
border. Both sides had suffered nearly 10,000 casulties, and
Canberra decided to begin a more firm planning for crushing the rebels.
In the meantime, the Western Republic lost no time. Perth was
fully fortified, the harbor expanded to accept the larger ocean-going
freightors, and several large civilian and military aerodromes
Volunteer units were formed, and only semi-permanent airbases were
constructed on the frontier borders, while infantry units were formed,
along with armored brigades for support.
Little did the Commonwealth expect a full counter-attack by the
Revolutionaries so soon. When Republican aircraft struck the
Commonwealth's forward aerodromes, it came as a shock.
The ground troops came next, followed by armor support. In
the coming weeks, the Commonwealth was saved. Through a
combination of the Commonwealth recalling numbers of reserve soldiers,
the West's supply lines become over-extended, and arrival of British
Reinforcements, or...Peacekeepers as they were called.
As the front stabilized, the Commonwealth launched several small
counter-offensives, more to save face than actually cause damage.
However the front soon stabilized into formal warfare. Neither
side strays far from their own lines, and much of the conflict involves
raids and counter-raids with only rare offensives.
The Commonwealth has done any major attacks, but is holding to the same
strategy as the Western Republic is. Consolidating and organizing some
of it's more widespread forces for a coordinated
offensive. Should both sides finish reorganization at
the same time, the conflict could quickly fireball, with both sides
have large reserves of veterans, arms and incentive for a vicious fight.