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Flag of the UK flying

Flag of the former United Kingdom pictured flying in South Africa. It is a popular symbol within the British Survivors Administration.

The British Survivors Administration (BSA) is a non-governmental organisation whose mission is to assist British refugees throughout the world.

History[]

Post-Doomsday[]

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. These were mainly naval forces plus an infantry regiment of Gurkhas coming from Brunei. The morale of these men and women was 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 South Africa[]

In 1986, news arrived that King Andrew had been acknowledged the sovereign of South Africa - or at least part of it. The BSA greeted this news with enthusiasm, happy that the royal family, like themselves, had survived outside the home country. Representatives of the BSA traveled to South Africa and met with the King in 1989, and he accepted the role of the organization's Patron.

The BSA's Governing Council now sought to maintain close ties between the community in Australia-New Zealand and the Dominion of South Africa. British migrants moved in both directions seeking safety and opportunity, and the BSA helped facilitate this movement.

Relations with other British Remnants[]

The rise of the Celtic Alliance was a cause for hope among British expats, especially after the restoration of regular communication around 1992. However, attitudes soured when it became clear that the CA was not going to restore the United Kingdom, but replace it with a new structure and new focus of identity. As the Alliance extended its reach into former British territories, this further strained relations with British survivors abroad. 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 let them leave the British Isles. CA support for cultural and political expressions of Britishness within its member nations has helped assuage the worst fears that it was out to obliterate the British legacy - but mistrust remains.

Contact with the Kingdom of Cleveland caused some concern among the BSA members. Many worried (rightly, as it turned out) that having two branches of the British royal family would result in rivalry and conflict. In 2003 a branch office of the BSA was established in Cleveland. Despite its official apolitical status, members quietly campaigned for the "No" side in a 2010 referendum to decide whether Cleveland would join the Celtic Alliance.

The BSA was received most warmly in the member states of the Organisation of British Nations after its establishment in 2008. It began to cooperate closely with its Documentation Board in preserving British artifacts. There is a BSA presence in Essex, Woodbridge and the Parts of Holland.

The British refugee communities of Avalon and Wallace in Guinea-Bissau's offshore islands have become an important waystation between the old British Isles and South Africa. A BSA branch office was established in 2005.

The Administration made some effort to connect with residents of former British overseas territories, especially survivors of nuclear attacks like the one in Bermuda. Among Bermudian survivors (largely living in Belize and on some islands of the West Indies) support for the BSA and maintaining British identity was lukewarm, and the organization did not establish a presence there for many years.

Aims[]

  • To preserve British culture in the world.
  • To maintain contact among scattered communities British survivors.
  • To maintain friendly relations with the British people and the Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand.
  • To support British servicemen and women who serve or have served in the armed forces of Australia and New Zealand.

Committees[]

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 Communication[]

This committee works to encourage contact among scattered communities of British people around the world. It distributes news dispatches of news aimed at a survivor audience. It offers grants to individuals and groups traveling to distant communities.

Committee for the Support of Veterans[]

This committee provides free or discounted services to British soldiers who served in the ANZC or DSA armed forces since Doomsday.

List of Presidents[]

  • Ninian Stephen: 1984-1991.

See also[]

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