Oceania is a geographic region comprising Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia and Australasia. Spanning the eastern and western hemispheres, Oceania covers an area of 8,525,989 square kilometres (3,291,903 sq mi) and has a population of 40 million. Situated in the southeast of the Asia Pacific region, Oceania is the smallest continental grouping in land area and the second smallest in population after Antarctica.
The islands at the geographic extremes of Oceania are Bonin Islands, a politically integral part of Japan; Hawaii, a state of the United States; Clipperton Island, a possession of France; the Juan Fernández Islands, belonging to Chile; the Campbell Islands, belonging to New Zealand; and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, belonging to Australia. The largest and most populous country in Oceania is Australia, with Sydney being the largest city of both Oceania and Australia.
The fiction of Harry Turtledove has introduced a handful of characters from Oceania. Sub-categories for country should be created whenever possible, usually when there are two or more characters from a given country appearing in the whole of Turtledove's bibliography.
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