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3 November, 2014

Proposed Australian states

 

There have been many proposals for states and territories to be added to Australia, many of which were brought up during the era of Australian imperialism. The late 1800s saw many Australian politicians, particularly those from Queensland and Victoria, petition London to annex neighboring Pacific islands without much success. While the territories were worthless to London, many Australians saw them as tokens that confirmed a new Australian Empire.

Included in this map is every significant colony proposal, annexation, or other statehood movement with any reasonable amount of support.

Not included are states proposed in a complete re-draw of Australia’s state borders, such as this fanciful proposal.¬†Also ignored are external territories like Norfolk Island and Christmas Island, as well as the Jervis Bay Territory. The state of Pilbara (actually composed of the Pilbara and Kimberley regions) fulfills the proposals for both a “Northwest Australia” and an Aboriginal state. Here’s what it would look like:

Here’s a population and GDP table. The GDP per head for Pilbara is off the charts due to the mining in the area.

State Population Area (sq. km) Pop. density GDP ($A mil.) GDP per capita Capital
Australian Capital Territory 385,600 2,358 163.5 51,171 132,705 Canberra
Auralia 96,000 961,600 0.1 5,195 54,115 Kalgoorlie
Capricornia 765,890 735,300 1.0 39,606 51,712 Townsville
Central Australia 49,200 551,305 0.1 3,100 63,008 Alice Springs
East Timor 1,172,400 14,874 78.8 1,470 1,254 Dili
Fiji 858,000 18,274 47.0 4,170 4,860 Suva
Illawarra 499,000 27,800 17.9 24,480 49,058 Wollongong
New England 773,400 200,693 3.9 33,989 43,948 Tamworth
New Guinea 5,299,000 234,800 22.6 11,500 2,170 Lae
New South Wales 5,779,500 398,016 14.5 387,800 67,099 Sydney
North Island 3,422,000 113,729 30.1 166,100 48,539 Wellington
Northern Territory 191,600 869,665 0.2 23,839 124,421 Darwin
Papua 1,967,000 228,000 8.6 5,990 3,045 Port Moresby
Pilbara 102,000 1,037,300 0.1 35,900 351,961 Karratha
Princeland 228,600 109,027 2.1 11,800 51,619 Mount Gambier
Queensland 3,928,800 1,117,342.0 3.5 271,000 68,978 Brisbane
Riverina 430,900 181,175 2.4 17,650 40,961 Wagga Wagga
South Australia 1,567,000 997,749 1.6 88,700 56,605 Adelaide
South Coast 186,300 67,897 2.7 8,975 48,175 Bega
South Island 1,048,200 150,437 7.0 47,700 45,507 Christchurch
Tasmania 514,700 68,401 7.5 22,341 43,406 Hobart
New Hebrides 266,900 12,190 21.9 653 2,447 Port Vila
Victoria 5,355,900 108,230 49.5 320,360 59,814 Melbourne
Western Australia 2,253,800 534,500 4.2 173,021 76,769 Perth

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