History Main / LandDownunder

24th Aug '16 1:35:54 AM Morgenthaler
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Surprisingly, one aspect of Australia that is rarely (possibly never) played up is how important the Aussie mining industry is both historically and economically. In fact, as they have [[AussiesWithArtillery the best military in their hemisphere]], perhaps the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarf checklist]] should be consulted. ''Gruff, gold-loving, blunt-speaking, funny-accented, alcohol-swilling, Elf-hating, boastful of their battle prowess and mainly just the fact that they are Dwarves.'' In comparison, [[http://www.economist.com/node/15763381 some have noted]] New Zealand's '[[OurElvesAreBetter elvish sensibilities]]'.

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Surprisingly, one aspect of Australia that is rarely (possibly never) played up is how important the Aussie mining industry is both historically and economically. In fact, as they have [[AussiesWithArtillery [[UsefulNotes/AussiesWithArtillery the best military in their hemisphere]], perhaps the [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarf checklist]] should be consulted. ''Gruff, gold-loving, blunt-speaking, funny-accented, alcohol-swilling, Elf-hating, boastful of their battle prowess and mainly just the fact that they are Dwarves.'' In comparison, [[http://www.economist.com/node/15763381 some have noted]] New Zealand's '[[OurElvesAreBetter elvish sensibilities]]'.
10th Aug '16 4:13:45 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' universe, Sydney is home to HIGHCOM Facility Bravo-6 (the Hive). It is the formal headquarters of the UNSC military, and was presumably built in Australia so that potential invaders like the Covenant could become better acquainted with the wildlife. There's also RecurringExtra Private Chips Dubbo from the original trilogy; fans attribute his apparently exceptional survival skills to his Australian origins.

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* In the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' universe, Sydney is the capital of the Unified Earth Government, and is also home to HIGHCOM Facility Bravo-6 (the Hive). It is Hive), the formal headquarters of the UNSC military, and military. This was presumably built in Australia so that potential invaders like the Covenant could become better acquainted with the wildlife. There's also RecurringExtra Private Chips Dubbo from the original trilogy; fans attribute his apparently exceptional survival skills to his Australian origins.
7th Aug '16 1:52:43 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' universe, Sydney is home to HIGHCOM Facility Bravo-6 (the Hive). It is the formal headquarters of the UNSC military, and was presumably built in Australia so invaders like the Covenant could become better acquainted with the wildlife. There's also RecurringExtra Private Chips Dubbo from the original trilogy; fans attribute his apparently exceptional survival skills to his Australian origins.

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* In the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' universe, Sydney is home to HIGHCOM Facility Bravo-6 (the Hive). It is the formal headquarters of the UNSC military, and was presumably built in Australia so that potential invaders like the Covenant could become better acquainted with the wildlife. There's also RecurringExtra Private Chips Dubbo from the original trilogy; fans attribute his apparently exceptional survival skills to his Australian origins.
7th Aug '16 1:51:20 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* One of the minor factions in ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}'' was the Tasmanian Liberation Army, who take over Australia at least, but are [[AllThereInTheManual described]] as always being too drunk to be a major player for world domination. The world map in the sequel ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}} Wars'' asserts the language of Sydney is "Low English" (compared to "High English" in London) and their main industry is brewing.
** As a Tasmanian myself, this isn't necessarily too far removed from the truth...

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* One of the minor factions in ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}'' was the Tasmanian Liberation Army, who take over Australia at least, but are [[AllThereInTheManual described]] as always being too drunk to be a major player for world domination. The world map in the sequel ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}} Wars'' asserts the language of Sydney is "Low English" (compared to "High English" in London) and their main industry is brewing.
** As a Tasmanian myself,
brewing. Tasmanians themselves might say that this isn't necessarily too far removed from the truth...



* In the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' universe, Sydney is home to HIGHCOM Facility Bravo-6 (the Hive). It is the formal headquarters of the UNSCDF (i.e. top of the human military heap) and was presumably built in Australia so the Covenant could become better acquainted with the wildlife.
** Probably to do with the fact that even if they conquered it they have to travel halfway across the continent to get to the nearest major city, and if we wanted to defend Sydney they have no idea how to fight in terrain that can go from ocean to city to desert to farmland in less than 50km's.
*** Agreed, Have you ever been to adelaide?Less than one kilometre off the beac can be desert, then some large hills, then farmland, It's absolutely mental.
** And let's not forget Private Chips Dubbo. His Australian origins are probably why he survived the whole freaking war.

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* In the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' universe, Sydney is home to HIGHCOM Facility Bravo-6 (the Hive). It is the formal headquarters of the UNSCDF (i.e. top of the human military heap) UNSC military, and was presumably built in Australia so invaders like the Covenant could become better acquainted with the wildlife.
** Probably to do with the fact that even if they conquered it they have to travel halfway across the continent to get to the nearest major city, and if we wanted to defend Sydney they have no idea how to fight in terrain that can go from ocean to city to desert to farmland in less than 50km's.
*** Agreed, Have you ever been to adelaide?Less than one kilometre off the beac can be desert, then some large hills, then farmland, It's absolutely mental.
** And let's not forget
wildlife. There's also RecurringExtra Private Chips Dubbo. His Dubbo from the original trilogy; fans attribute his apparently exceptional survival skills to his Australian origins are probably why he survived the whole freaking war.origins.
30th Jul '16 12:11:41 PM nombretomado
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** Special mention goes to dancer and ''DancingWithTheStars'' veteran Kym Johnson, who's begun to acquire a reputation of being damn near indestructible. In one season of the American version, she endured a pretty nasty knee injury and continued to dance with partner Jerry Springer. That, however, is nothing compared to the season with Hines Ward. She suffered a difficult-to-watch neck injury while rehearsing, where she was in an awkward position on the floor, and Hines (who's over twice her size,) ''fell on top of her.'' She went on, not only to dance later that week, but to win the whole damn thing. Said attempts have only seemed to anger her.

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** Special mention goes to dancer and ''DancingWithTheStars'' ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' veteran Kym Johnson, who's begun to acquire a reputation of being damn near indestructible. In one season of the American version, she endured a pretty nasty knee injury and continued to dance with partner Jerry Springer. That, however, is nothing compared to the season with Hines Ward. She suffered a difficult-to-watch neck injury while rehearsing, where she was in an awkward position on the floor, and Hines (who's over twice her size,) ''fell on top of her.'' She went on, not only to dance later that week, but to win the whole damn thing. Said attempts have only seemed to anger her.
26th Jun '16 10:24:05 AM Docduggery
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** Emus. Not only can they kick the crap out of you, but they are one of those species who does the same thing all those huge sauropods used to do - eat ''solid god-damned rocks'' to grind up their food.

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** Emus. Not only can they kick the crap out of you, but they are one of those species who does the same thing all those huge sauropods used to do - eat ''solid god-damned rocks'' to grind up their food. Also they [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emu_War had a war]] with the above-mentioned badass Australian military and WON!
14th Jun '16 7:38:02 AM Dramatic
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* ''[[VideoGame/{{Forza}} Forza Horizon 3]]'' takes place in and around Gold Coast, and features lesser seen settings such as rainforests alongside the typical Outback.
11th Jun '16 2:43:38 PM Cinereous
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* ''DeadIsland'' is actually based on Papua New Guinea but has a strong Australian population, Palanai more resembles a Australian resort and several of the playable characters are Australian.

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* ''DeadIsland'' ''VideoGame/DeadIsland'' is actually based on Papua New Guinea but has a strong Australian population, Palanai more resembles a Australian resort and several of the playable characters are Australian.Australian.
* The ContinuityReboot ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdgeCatalyst'' [[http://imgur.com/gallery/cPippIc/new takes place in southeastern Australia]] although there are no hints in the game proper about this: you'd have to actually examine the game's world map to realize this. The original ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdge'' has absolutely no clues as to where in the world it occurs in.
2nd Jun '16 12:22:58 AM Doug86
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* Also TruthInTelevision is the stereotype of toughness at least in Australian military history. During the Weltkrieg, or WorldWarOne, the German Army hated and feared Australians because they were big, tough men who butchered everyone who tried to surrender to them or was too wounded to fight back - or so the rumours went. Hell, at the Battle of the Kokoda Trail in the Pacific theatre of WorldWarII two hundred Australian militia held an entire regiment of Japanese soldiers for a month. This was the start of a series of running battles where the outnumbered Australians slowed the Japanese force to a crawl, although the terrain was not suited for rapid movement - to say the least. A case in point was the first battle of Kokoda where the Japanese thought they had driven off a force of about 1200 ill-supplied infantry defending the Kokoda airstrip. In reality they had been up against 77 soldiers using the spare food, automatic weapons, and ammunition meant for a much larger group of soldiers. Scale that up a thousand times and you practically have something on the order of ''Changsha'' (I-IV) or ''Citadel/Kursk'' (to use examples from the same war).

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* Also TruthInTelevision is the stereotype of toughness at least in Australian military history. During the Weltkrieg, or WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the German Army hated and feared Australians because they were big, tough men who butchered everyone who tried to surrender to them or was too wounded to fight back - or so the rumours went. Hell, at the Battle of the Kokoda Trail in the Pacific theatre of WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII two hundred Australian militia held an entire regiment of Japanese soldiers for a month. This was the start of a series of running battles where the outnumbered Australians slowed the Japanese force to a crawl, although the terrain was not suited for rapid movement - to say the least. A case in point was the first battle of Kokoda where the Japanese thought they had driven off a force of about 1200 ill-supplied infantry defending the Kokoda airstrip. In reality they had been up against 77 soldiers using the spare food, automatic weapons, and ammunition meant for a much larger group of soldiers. Scale that up a thousand times and you practically have something on the order of ''Changsha'' (I-IV) or ''Citadel/Kursk'' (to use examples from the same war).



** In WorldWarOne, a group of Australian soldiers were prepared to walk a fair more distance to quench their thirst rather than salute a passing British General, merely because they did not believe this general had gained their respect to be saluted at. This idea of respecting those who deserve said respect has been ingrained into nearly all Australians, whether native or not.

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** In WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, a group of Australian soldiers were prepared to walk a fair more distance to quench their thirst rather than salute a passing British General, merely because they did not believe this general had gained their respect to be saluted at. This idea of respecting those who deserve said respect has been ingrained into nearly all Australians, whether native or not.
9th Apr '16 7:42:15 AM PresidentStalkeyes
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** Also Craig Marduk of ''{{VideoGame/Tekken}}''. Although his accent is about as Australian as Abraham Lincoln. It is suggested that Jun had placed Alex and Roger in Australia, which would be either a blessing [[DeatrhWorld or a curse.]]

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** Also Craig Marduk of ''{{VideoGame/Tekken}}''. Although his accent is about as Australian as Abraham Lincoln. It is suggested that Jun had placed Alex and Roger in Australia, which would be either a blessing [[DeatrhWorld [[DeathWorld or a curse.]]
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