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Kingsland
Dominion of Kingsland
Timeline: Royal Prerogative
Capital
(and largest city)
Jameston
Language
  official
 
English
  others French, Japanese, Bahasa Indonesia
Monarch William VI
First Minister Sir George Malone
Population 11,348,000 
Independence from England
  declared 1965
  recognized 1965
Currency Pound

The English dominion of Kingsland consists of territory on the Australian continent. Kingsland consists mostly of the northern segments of the continent, from the city of Palmerston on the Arafura Sea, to the Cape York peninsula, and as far south as Uluru and the Silver Coast. There are several islands in this territory as well. Kingsland is the only English colonial possession in Australia, and is the farthest part of the Empire from England itself. As such, it has a particularly independent streak in its culture and history; however, republican sentiment is minor. There is, however, an increasing movement for greater autonomy from English rule.

History

Kingsland was first settled in 1793 after exploration by the Dutch and French, both of whom had already established outposts in Australia. The initial Kingsland colony, named for King James II of England, consisted only of certain northern sectors of what is now called the Cape York peninsula. Over time, settlement spread further south. A series of border confrontations with France, escalated during the Napoleonic era, resulted in the current borders in about 1850; the borders have remained constant since that date. Kingsland was heavily involved in the Pacific Rebellion of 1956-1960, during which it was subjected to invasion by Indonesian and Filipino forces. The invasion captured Palmerston and territory down Cape York as far south as Toowoomba but was later repelled with French, Dutch and German assistance. Since the end of the war, and normalising of relations with Asia in the 1980s, Kingsland has become cosmopolitan and open; however, there are significant problems with xenophobia and racism; this is one of the reasons Kingslanders remain, mostly, loyal subjects of the King.

Government

The head of state of Kingsland is His Majesty King William VI of England, and is an integral part of the English Empire. The King is represented by a Viceroy, appointed by the King, usually for a term of six years (though in theory the position is for life). The current Viceroy is Lord Trenton of Palmerston, appointed in 2003. The day-to-day affairs of government are handled by the Colonial Parliament and the elected government led by the First Minister. The current First Minister, since 2000, is Sir George Malone. The Colonial Government reports to the Viceroy who reports to the King. The English Secretary of State for the Colonies, and the Undersecretary of State for Kingsland, have significant influence on Kingsland affairs. King William VI takes no active role in Kingsland's government; his predecessor, Henry X, took a very limited, usually ceremonial role.

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