To celebrate NAIDOC, I thought I would share a future story of mine. It is about an alternative world where the First Fleet didn’t happen, and now in this new empire of Àodàlìyǎ, the aboriginal people are the spiritual leaders of the nation.
This idea came to me why I was running a White Wolf game, Vampire the Masquerade. In this setting, you have a simple rule, only one vampire for every 100 thousand people. Which means having more than ten in a city in Australia, was strange and wrong.
So on the spot, I created a new Australia where in the book ‘1421 when China discovered the world’, they found Australia which was filled with our people. Instead of sending in armies or colonists, the Ming Dynasty saw the Aboriginal people as an enlightened race. Emperor Zhū Dì, Zhū Gāochì and Zhū Zhānjī send emissaries to Australia to learn of the Dreaming and the Culture of the people. This of course took many years, but eventually, leaders of then Native Aboriginals, came together to form a pact with the Ming Dynasty, where sharing of knowledge was the paramount agreement.
So over a hundred years, the Ming Dynasty traded with the new Council of Elders, and there was much travelling back and forth to mainland China and the shores of Àodàlìyǎ. Soon towns started to appear, and new concepts of agriculture and technology occurred but to appease the Council, it needed to be in alignment of the environment. Part of the landscape and honouring the land.
The formation of the Council of Elders, sent people to all walks of life in Àodàlìyǎ, more and more People came together to share knowledge and stories with others. By late 1500’s, all of Àodàlìyǎ was apart of the Council. Trade with the Māori and other island nations occurred, and the Council sent an invitation to the Māori Elders to join with them.
In the beginning 1600’s, the Dutch ‘discovered’ Àodàlìyǎ but didn’t find learn the fledgeling nation as they still looked at the mangroves of Northern Western Àodàlìyǎ. Due to the fall of the Ming dynasty in the late 1600’s many Ming nobles fled to Àodàlìyǎ to escape death in their homeland. There was no new contact with the new Shun Dynasty, as the pact made with the Ming and the because of the sanctuary is given to the old Dynasty. The integration of Chinese, Aboriginal and Māori people was well under way in the late 1600’s and the beginning of 1700’s. The Council used the knowledge gained from the Ming Dynasty to create many cities and towns, Māori trained to protect the shores of Àodàlìyǎ (which now includes New Zealand), and due to the fall of the Ming, many Chinese people came to Àodàlìyǎ to find a new home. Soon they became citizens of Àodàlìyǎ and eventually became part of the Council.
The integration of Chinese, Aboriginal and Māori people was well under way in the late 1600’s and the beginning of 1700’s. The Council used the knowledge gained from the Ming Dynasty to create many cities and towns, Māori trained to protect the shores of Àodàlìyǎ (which now includes New Zealand), and due to the fall of the Ming, Chinese came to Àodàlìyǎ to find a new home. Soon they became citizens of Àodàlìyǎ and eventually became part of the Council.
So now we move forward to Cook’s contact, which has changed. Cook landing on Àodàlìyǎ didn’t happen as our history tell us. Due to the contact with Ming China, the Council knew of the English and met with Cook and agreed with trade and contact with Àodàlìyǎ. Cook still saw a ‘primitive’ race, but he was deadly wrong.
Thus the First Fleet was boarded and captured by the Māori Defenders, and that goes into a whole new place.
There are still a lot of holes in this alternative history.
So that is my idea, there is more to it, but I think that is enough for people to digest.