The Outback Colonies (Ottexga Govonibi) are a united series of tribes located in Australia, in and near Sydney. It is considered the successor to the ancient nation of Australia. Though the Maxamad tribe is considered the leader, the five father tribes have an equal say in the politics of the Outback Colonies.
The city of Maxamad is located on the brinks of the Australian outback. It is the half-way point for most traders in the Five Father Tribes, some of which are in temperate areas while others are in the outback itself. Most of the land is flat, though hills are not too uncommon in the Outback Colonies.
Before the Great Flash (c. 320 BU), the ancient nation of Australia is said to have controlled all of the continent of Australia. This ambitious state had a strong economy and the infrastructure was strong. When the Great Flash occurred, Australia all but avoided the conflict. It survived as a nation for eight years, before the nation collapsed due to poor health and trade resulting from the war.
As the nation broke down into anarchy, some cities are said to have accumulated power and formed governments. Australia existed as city states for centuries. Sydney is said to have been the most powerful tribe until 214 BU, when a civil war resulted in a catastrophic fire that resulted in thousands dead. Many people left the city and by 150 BU, it was completely abandoned.
The exiles of Sydney scattered westward. Hundreds of tribes were formed from the exiles of the Sydney city-state. One such tribe is the Maxamad tribe. Descended from a line of Sydney nobles, the Maxamad shunned technology until 124 BU. The Maxamad tribe discovered other tribes, forming official alliances with them. All was quiet until 92 BU.
An outcast tribe from Erebus had grown strong. Erebus, which was once a military and economic powerhouse, was being ravaged by the Erebus Outcasts. The tribe had almost ceased to exist, its military crushed and economy vanished. Maxamad was the first tribe to help Erebus, keeping the city safe until 41 BU, when the Erebus Outcasts managed to burn much of the tribe down. Though the war was lost, Erebus had shown incredible military strength in the face of the Erebus Outcasts.
The Erebus Outcasts then disappeared, not being officially recorded for decades. This allowed Maxamad's new refugees from Erebus to settle in and help Maxamad become the most powerful unified tribe in Australia. In 12 BU, the Erebus Outcasts returned with a horrible vengeance. They sought the death of Maxamad. Maxamad allied itself with the Herus, Mortyr, Galvin, and Darius tribes. This alliance allowed the tribes to take the fight back to the Erebus Outcasts, destroying their military, and sending the survivors into exile far into the desert.
This alliance allowed the five tribes to work together further until they were practically the same country. In the Year of Unification (Year 336 in standard technological era), the Outback constitution was drafted and the Outback Colonies were formed. The Outback Colonists were curious people and, along with expanding with more tribes, wanted to restore Australia to its former grandeur. In the winter of Year of Unification, Griffith was discovered.
In 5 AU, Sydney was rediscovered. The city was annexed and the dig teams in Griffith and Sydney were able to make incredible leaps in technology. Plentiful gas was discovered, allowing vehicles to be powered. This allowed for a quicker form of commerce in the Outback colonies.
States and Tribes
The Outback Colonies has a 'traditional' economy. While the government owns stores and public facilities, houses are private property and owned by individuals. The standard currency is the Kan, sometimes abbreviated as K. The per capita GDP is estimated to be around K 29 Billion, a rather rich nation due to the interest in excavation.
While some citizens are better off than others, almost all able-bodied people do work. It is generally seen as dishonorable to be unemployed and people who are seen as unproductive could face exile. The average annual income is K 49,000. There is no financial aid given to lower class citizens (anyone who doesn't make below K 15,000) unless the lower-class citizen has a handicap that prevents him or her from earning above what they make.
The Executive Branch consists of the Head of State and his cabinet. The Head of State, or Chieftan of Maxamad, has the power to override or propose legislation and the power to choose who on the Senate can act as a judge in case of a 'Supreme Court' hearing. In war, he/she is considered Commander in Chief. He/she is elected by popular vote.
The Senate (Establishment of External Affairs) generally deals with negotiations with other tribes and nations. It declares war, makes deals and alliances, and otherwise negotiates with non-Outback tribes. In case of a trial involving the Outback Colonies as a nation, they will act as a 'Supreme Court'. They can propose legislation for the EIA.
Establishment of Internal Affairs
The Establishment of Internal Affairs (EIA) generally deals with matters regarding the interior of the Outback Colonies. They have the power to make laws and/or pass said laws. When a law is proposed by another branch, the EIA has the power to reject the law immediately. That being said, if the Chief of State decides to veto a law, he can do so.
The Outback Judicial Branch is generally fair. Lower court cases consist of one judge and a jury of five people if the case is about a crime or a civil trial dealing with greater than K 200. A judge's decision is reviewed by a staff of other judges. They question if the trial was fair and if the Judge himself was not biased. If the judges think that the trial is fair, the decision is final. If the judges think that there is a problem with the trial, another judge can step in and take the other judge's spot on the particular trial or override the hearing altogether.
Rarely, the entire government is involved in a case where a trial is needed. In this case, the Senate acts as judges.