There were around 1.3 million British people in the area of Australia and New Zealand, and this number slowly increased Following the Gathering Order of 1984, large numbers of British military personnel began arriving in Australia. The morale of these men and women were low and there had been an epidemic of suicides as people realized the immensity of Doomsday.
In an effort to support these new refugees in the post-Doomsday world, the Governor-General of Australia Ninian Stephen helped found the British Survivors Administration to help provide support to these refugees and, more important, preserve British culture. Founding members included Stephen, various high ranking British military officer and some surviving British politicians who were in the Oceania during Doomsday. The headquarters of the BSA was set up in Canberra and Stephen became its first President.
Contact with New Britain
In 1987, news of King Andrew’s coronation as the King of New Britain was greeted with much joy by the BSA and was celebrated by a belated coronation ceremony in Canberra. Representatives of the BSA personally met with the King in 1989, tying the new monarchy with the BSA after King Andrew became Patron of the BSA.
The news, however, of the British survivor state in South Africa changed the mission of the BSA. The Governing Council now sought to encourage ethnic British to settle in the new nation. Many though were reluctant to leave the relative comfort of Australia and New Zealand for war torn South Africa, but the BSA continued to put forward new schemes to encourage immigration.
Relations with other British Remnants
Relations have been strained with the Celtic Alliance since contact was once again re-established in 1992. Many BSA members see the Celtic Alliance’s claims on former British territory to be completely illegal, though the international community has shown little interest in their concerns. The BSA and Celtic Alliance did agree in 2000 to work together in helping to locate and preserve British art and treasurers, but the Celtic Alliance refused to remove them to New Britain or Australia.
Contact with the Kingdom of Cleveland in 1997 caused some concern among the BSA members. Many worried about the consequences of having two British monarchies in the world. In 2003 a BSA a branch office of the BSA was established in Cleveland. Recently they have campaigned heavily against the upcoming 2010 referendum to decide whether Cleveland joins the Celtic Alliance.
The recent contact with Bermuda has caused the same worries about another British monarchy as Cleveland. Since the contact has been only recently, however, there has been little discussion about establishing a BSA presence there.
The British refugee community on the Island of Avalon in Guinea-Bissau has become an important waystation between the old British Isles and New Britain, and though legally recognized as part of Guinea-Bissau, the populace consider themselves citizens of New Britain. A BSA branch office was established in 2005.
The BSA has been warmly received in the member states of the Organisation of British Nations after its establishment in 2008 and cooperates closely with its Documentation Board in preserving British artifacts. There have been some issues - for example, East Britain has its own monarchy - though otherwise relationships remain unstrained. Discussion over establishing a BSA presence in Essex, Woodbridge or East Britain has been more active, though due to the short timescale since contact and the lack of a pressing need for a presence there are still no serious plans.
- To preserve British culture in the world.
- To preserve contact between the British people of Oceania and the Kingdom of New Britain.
- To encourage settlement in New Britain.
- To maintain friendly relations with the British people and the Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand.
- To support British servicemen and women who currently service in the ANZC military.
The BSA has three committees that handle the day-to-day work in meeting the aims of the BSA:
Committee for the Preservation of British Culture
This committee attempts to preserve British culture by holding educational seminars and social events.
Committee for the Colonization of New Britain
This committee works to encourage settlement by ethnic British to New Britain. To do so they offer generous aide packages or offer to pay for the trip itself. This committee also has offices in Port Elizabeth to aid new colonists who are tying to make a start in the new nation.
Committee for the Support of Veterans
This committee provides free or price reduced services to British soldiers who are serving or have served in the ANZC military since Doomsday.
List of Presidents
- Ninian Stephen: 1984-1991.