New Zealand
Continent: Australia/Oceania
Capital: Wellington
National Language: English and Māori
Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Status in OTL: Active

New Zealand is an independent island country in the British Commonwealth, located in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (commonly called the North Island and the South Island), and numerous smaller islands.

New Zealand is notable for its geographic isolation: it is situated about 2,000 km (1250 miles) southeast of Australia across the Tasman Sea, and its closest neighbors to the north are New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga. During its long isolation New Zealand developed a distinctive fauna dominated by birds, a number of which became extinct after the arrival of humans and the mammals they introduced. One surviving bird species, the kiwi, has become a national symbol.

The majority of New Zealand's population is of European descent; the indigenous Māori are the largest minority. Asians and non-Māori Polynesians are also significant minority groups, especially in urban areas. The most commonly spoken language is English.

New Zealand in Atlantis[]

New Zealand and Atlantis, despite being on opposite sides of the world, had similar ecological details. Both were land masses isolated from the rest of the world by seas, both had bat species who spent more time scurrying on the ground than flying, and both had been home to large flightless native birds (moas in New Zealand, honkers in Atlantis). Natural philosophers such as John Audubon and Edward Harris often considered this curiosity and wondered if it was significant. [1]

Literary comment[]

Harry Turtledove based much of Atlantean fauna on that of New Zealand, which broke away from Australia in a geological upheaval 85 million years ago. Upon reading that bit of trivia, he decided to create an alternate history where North America was similarly sundered.[2]

New Zealand in "The Breaking of Nations"[]

New Zealand remained a relatively civilized country in 2031, even as corrupt authoritarianism swept across the globe.[3]

New Zealand in Days of Infamy[]

New Zealand had been fighting alongside the British Empire during World War II, when Japan conquered Hawaii in early 1942. After the fall of Port Moresby, New Zealand found herself under threat from Japanese expansion. Although the country was not attacked directly like Australia was, the US did have a difficult time getting supplies to the beleaguered nation.

New Zealand in In the Presence of Mine Enemies[]

New Zealand had been a self governing dominion within the British Empire, until Japan conquered it during World War II. By 2010, it was a recognised territory of the Japanese Empire.

New Zealand in "Les Mortes d'Arthur"[]

By the 22nd century, New Zealand along with Australia had joined together in a political alliance called the Anzac Federation. Altough they were able to afford to send a team to Mimas, a moon of Saturn, for the Sixty-sixth Winter Games. They weren't wealthy enough to have their athletes train there in the low-g environment prior to the Games.

New Zealand in "News From the Front"[]

By June 1942, Japanese victories in the Pacific Ocean had all but completely cut off New Zealand and Australia from American aid.[4]

New Zealand in Southern Victory[]

During the 1930s as the world marched to war, it was feared that New Zealand, along with Australia, could be used as a submersible base for the British Pacific fleet to attack U.S. Navy convoys between the American mainland and the Sandwich Islands.[5]

New Zealand in The Two Georges[]

New Zealand was a kingdom within the British Empire ruled by the king-emperor (or queen-empress) as a constitutional monarch.[6]

New Zealand in Worldwar[]

New Zealand was one of the small number of countries to survive the Race Invasion of Tosev 3 and retain independence after the Peace of Cairo of 1944. It had an embassy in the U.S. capital of Little Rock.[7] It was by no means a major power, and did not have diplomatic ties to the Race.[8]


  1. Atlantis and Other Places, p. 28.
  2. Ibid., p. 1.
  3. And the Last Trump Shall Sound, pg. 35.
  4. Atlantis and Other Places, p. 116.
  5. The Victorious Opposition, pg. 67, pb.
  6. The Two Georges, pg. 142, MPB.
  7. Second Contact, pg. 117, mmp.
  8. See, e.g., Aftershocks, pg. 300, mmp.