A relatively uninhabited planet populated by jungles, massive forests, and deserts, helicopters are the choice for transportation on Australia; most residents earn their pilot’s licenses before they learn to drive.
 The Clan Jade Falcon drive on Coventry targeted a number of intermediary worlds, including Australia. Though they knew their defense would be hopeless in the face of the overwhelming Clan force, the Australia militia valiantly engaged the invaders, sustaining horrendous casualties.
Few nations in history have survived as united realms in the absence of a single, hard currency accepted and respected by all citizens, and the Lyran Alliance is no exception. The nation’s six mints print all paper currency and press all coinage to support the hard cash needs of the Lyran economy.
Though the Alliance Reserve Bank system regulates their output, these mints are impregnable fortresses whose massive warehouses are said to be filled floor to ceiling daily with freshly minted cash. The mints are located on five worlds also occupied by the Alliance’s largest stock exchanges — Donegal, Skye, Bolan, Australia and Alarion — while a sixth stands in Tharkad City. It is said that thieves have never compromised any of these facilities since the founding of the Lyran state, making them the most secure of the nation’s financial institutions.
Interplanetary trading throughout the Alliance takes place in one of the five major stock exchanges, which are maintained by the Lyran government. Located on Australia, Bolan, Donegal, Skye and Alarion, a major Alliance Stock Exchange (ASE) facility represents each of the nation’s provinces. These exchanges provide investors with ready access to every publicly traded corporation that does interstellar-level business within the Lyran Alliance (plus a few that exist beyond Alliance borders).
Heavily reliant on the HPG network, the major Alliance Exchanges are hubs of communications and trade for stocks and commercial information, making their homeworlds a prime spot for the industry-minded to gather and follow market trends. Because they receive their information much more quickly and consistently than local trading hubs off-world (which often receive their ASE information days or weeks after the fact), investors in the larger corporations or their brokers often reside on these worlds to be as close to the action as possible.
This centralization and government administration of the major Alliance Exchanges allows the government to exercise its limited authority over business in order to ensure that insider trading and other unscrupulous investment strategies do not abuse the free market system. In support of the government’s responsibilities, the Ministry of Finance and the Alliance Business Ethics Board also maintain offices on these major exchange worlds.
- System Name: Australia
- Coordinates: -306.96, 292.10
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