2018: Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Australia.
2021: Australia votes to become a Republic.
2025: An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant foot-and-mouth disease devastates Australian beef and livestock exports.
2027: Central Australia is hit by the most sever droughts in recorded history, triggering years of severe and widespread bushfires.
2029: China drastically reduces its reliance on Australian coal exports, and the expected Indian market for Australian coal does not emerge.
2031: Australia enters a ten-year economic recession.
The Australian government has responded to the recession by taking complete control. Everything is nationalised, multinational corporations are heavily taxed – privatisation becomes a dirty word. The federal government has grown significantly in size and scope, and has far greater reach and involvement in everyday life. Wealth has been distributed much more evenly, and Australia has adapted well to deal with climate impacts – but our international relations have grown tense as our stance on border control becomes more and more punitive. Culture is primarily produced by the government, and promotes a national identity heavily focused on an Anglo, ANZAC-centric imagery.
Government cracks down significantly on corporations, and heavily taxes the 1% to fund public projects, including sustainable energy. All branches of healthcare, finance, transport, energy and education are nationalised. The big four banks are shut down and their profits siphoned into the public realm. The government remains mostly without corruption, resulting in high productivity, success rates, and approval ratings.
The national identity is in a state of “hyper-Gallipolisation”. At the government’s behest, we have doubled down on the notion of the “Aussie battler”, “the fair go”, etc. Nationality and national pride comes before all else. Anzac Day is observed monthly.
The media is also entirely run and monitored by the state. The ABC has flourished to over 24 channels. All content must be sanctioned before airing, and what information reaches the public is tightly controlled. In this sense, freedom of speech is limited in the sense that the public has been groomed to see speaking out against the government as counter-productive.
All forms of art and culture must espouse the ideals of the state and society at large. This mean no ballet, no classical music, no hangovers of the European elite. Art must be accessible and useful. This means that the film and TV industries have flourished, and are used as branding exercises to enshrine and propagate white Australian history and identity.
Our population reflects a similar ethnic mix to the 2010s, but now boasts a higher rate of caucasian. The population sits at around 40 million, including a far higher percentage of older citizens, who retire later in life. Conversely, aged care is heavily regulated and controlled by the State, and provides excellent services.
Health – more people living longer thanks to better sanitation, better managed and enforced immunisation programs, better rationing and distribution of antibiotics. Reducing migration leads to an emphasis on population building; birth rates have started to go up for the first time half a century. The State controls reproductive health and education – they make contraception extremely expensive. People are getting pregnant earlier and raising larger families in their old houses.
Public transport facilities are controlled by the state and are in good condition. With the decentralisation of industry from urban centres, there is less need to commute, and less travel between major cities.
Climate impacts – some big issues with the mismanagement of projects, but better management of river systems and agriculture. Better food security, access to water and energy through State regulation. Better aquaculture, agriculture, hydroponics at huge scale.
Gender – national identity trumps all. “Being gay and Australian is better than being straight and Muslim.” Domestic violence is significantly reduced.
The housing market is stabilised significantly with the liquidation of private banks. Urban areas feature large, rent-controlled high rise apartments, giving people in the workforce more convenient access to their jobs. In suburbs and houses, multiple generations live in the same house, and housing turnover has reduced as people have no need to leave they were they were raised in.
Compared to our other scenarios, there is a higher ratio of people still choosing to live in rural areas, as the emphasis on and necessity for city living has decreased.
Justice system – State police services replaced by national AFP presence. Capital punishment has been very recently reintroduced. Our rookie cop worked the case which resulted in the first execution in over 60 years.
Customs / Border Force is a widespread and formidable agency. Our military spending has increased and our military technology is cutting-edge, ready for instant mobilisation.
Migration – the public’s hostile reaction to refugees has only gotten worse re: Indonesia / the Pacific region, resulting in highly militarised / violent response to refugees. Very limited Asian migration since 2030s.
International relations – terrible relationship with Indonesia, but Jakarta is hobbled and presents no immediate threat. Our allies (UK, US), have withdrawn their military and trade support, but Australia remains committed to its goals, becoming increasingly isolated and unfavoured in our area.
Indigenous Australia – Government poured more money into Indigenous support programs, resulting in high interference in communities; a focus on relocation, integration, re-education (propagating the same systemic problems as today). Indigenous languages and culture are dying, and Indigenous Australians represent a huge proportion of the prison population. The first person to be hanged under Australia’s reintroduced capital punishment laws was an Indigenous man.
Beauty and fashion – the famous Australian tall poppy syndrome is in full effect: short skirts, make-up and beauty products are outlawed as a form of elitism. (The boy band is promoting consumerism and sexually irresponsible attire and behaviour.)
Boy bands represent consumerist, capitalist ethics which are actively shunned in this new society, and therefore must be enjoyed in secret by fans. Hedonism and a willing rejection of social responsibility is seen as actively subversive.
LoveTeam’s concerts are illegal, and must be held at secret locations with heavy security. Locations vary every concert, and they have to find industrial / noise-heavy areas such as desalination plants that will mask the noise (due to sound curfews).