Featured category: Oceania

The plan to move an entire country, the yacht club in the middle of Australia, the Samoan independence movement, and the kidnapping of half the population of Rapa Nui.

Nauru
Courtesy: U.S. Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program. Source: Wikimedia Commons

In the 1960s Australia proposed relocating the entire population of Nauru to a different island.


There’s a yacht club in the middle of the Australian Outback. They don’t get to sail too often.


Women's Mau leaders
Alfred John Tattersall [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Samoa won independence from New Zealand with a concerted campaign of extremely creative non-violent resistance.


Rapa Nui
William Hodges / Public domain

In 1862 half of the population of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) were kidnapped by Peruvian slavers.

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