Australia is a continent comprising the mainland of the country of Australia, its island state Tasmania, and proximate islands including New Guinea, the Aru Islands, and the Raja Ampat Islands. The continent is sometimes known in technical contexts by the names Sahul, Australinea or Meganesia, to distinguish it from the Australian mainland.
Australia is a good place for long-range operas. The City of the Great Race of Yith, Pnakotus, is somewhere under The Great Sandy Desert. The ecology is a mix of often-poisonous native species and frighteningly successful invaders, which has led to strict import laws. The original Australian culture remained curiously stable for tens of thousands of years. The northern coast was visited by Chinese and Malaccan traders for centuries. Hobart is one of the major ports of embarkation for Antarctica. In 2012, scientists analysing rocks in Pilbara identified traces of bacteria they thought lived a record-breaking 3.49 billion years ago, a mere billion years after Earth formed.1
There are a number of major US installations in Australia. Quite a few are off limits and cause some genuine paranoia.2 There is a deep-space tracking station (Tidbinbilla) only an hour from Canberra. The chief station is Pine Gap, but Tidbinbilla, Nurungar and North West Cape are all important enough that the USSR had each one targeted with its own MIRV ICBM. Pine Gap and Nurungar are both satellite ground stations. Maralinga, in South Australia, was the site of major nuclear weapons tests by Britain in the 1950s, and the Woomera testing ground continues to be used for long-range missile and weapon testing. PISCES uses ESPerTech to search Australasia and South-East Asia for recruitable Talents.
Anthony Baxter and Rob Shankley send Delta Green agents to Australia for the scenario "Melbourne, the Right Place". Such excursions make it easy for the Keeper to cut away the normal support base. No calling on backup in the middle of the outback. Of course this applies to native Australian investigators as well.
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- The Spiraling Worm by Dave Conyers (Australian) and John Sunseri (American), published by Chaosium, is recommended reading.
- The Australian Institute of Parapsychological Research, Inc. (external link) may be a PISCES front.
- VUFORS (external link) is the real-world Victorian UFO Research Society. They have an unusually respectable history for a UFO society, due to early involvement and collaboration with the Australian Airforce. According to the Delta Green core book, VUFORS collaborates regularly with Saucerwatch.
- The Cave Clan (external link): Innocent teenage fun, sinister cult, or a Picnic at Hanging Rock waiting to happen?
- Australia (external link) at the Arcana Wiki.