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A map of Cygnia showing its 21 states

The United Cygnian States is a federation consisting of 21 States, a Federal Territory (Swan, which comprises the federal capital, Northam), and five External Territories. The 13 contiguous states and the Territory of Swan are located on the mainland of Australia. The state of Tasmania lies to the south of Victoria across the Bass Strait. Aotearoa is southeast of both the mainland and Tasmania, across the Tasman Sea. Papua and New Guinea occupy the island of New Guinea to the north of New Zealand, and the other four states are located on islands to the northeast of the mainland, including Fiji, New Caledonia, the New Hebrides and the Solomon Islands. Cygnia also possesses six external territories, which are small islands lying to the northwest and northeast of the mainland.

All the States are partially self-governing, and are represented in the Cygnian Congress; the External Territories, on the other hand, are administered exclusively by the federal government. four of the external territories are inhabited; the others are uninhabited, apart from non-permanent scientists.

New Albion is the most populous state, with 9,539,230 residents (as of 2020); Gascoyne is the least populous, with an estimated 231,420 residents. The Territory of Swan, with an estimated 426,704 residents as of 2020, has a higher population than two states. The largest state by area is New Zealand, encompassing 1,852,642 square kilometres (263,983 square miles), while the smallest is the New Hebrides, encompassing 12,189 square kilometres (4,706 square miles). The first state to ratify the Imperial Constitution was Carolina, which it did on 2 January 1792. The newest state is New Caledonia, which was admitted into the Federation on 5 May 1999.

The most recent entity to come under the sovereignty of Cygnia in its current form is the Heard Island and McDonald Islands, which formally became an External Territory in 1910.


The table below lists the 21 states, with their current capital, largest city, the date they ratified the Imperial Constitution or were admitted to the Federation, population and area data, and number of representatives in the Cygnian House of Representatives (Each state is entitled to at least one Representative. The House currently has 301 seats, which are apportioned among states every five years according to their relative population. Each state is also entitled to four Senators.)

States of the United Cygnian States
State & postal abbrieviation Cities Statehood Population Area in km2 (mi2) Rep(s)
Capital Largest # Date (2020 est)
NZ flag design Silver Fern (Black, White & Blue) by Kyle Lockwood.svg Aotearoa AO Wellington Auckland 9th 1 January 1824 5,094,860 268,021 (103,483) 25
Auralia AU Esperance Kalgoorlie 14th 23 April 1905 530,220 770,488 (297,487) 3
Flag of Campbell.png Avon AV Charlotte 4th 26 April 1792 2,329,550 1,043,514 (402,903) 11
Flag of Carolina JoW.svg Carolina CA Perth 1st 2 January 1792 5,751,300 161,510 (62,359) 28
Flag of the Northern Territory.svg Darwin DA Palmerston 13th 1 October 1900 1,083,500 1,420,970 (548,640) 5
East Georgia EG Albany 3rd 6 February 1792 1,320,230 39,007 (15,061) 6
Fiji FJ Suva 16th 25 February 1950 1,002,340 18,274 (7,056) 5
Gascoyne GA Carnarvon 12th 2 September 1890 231,420 138,000 (53,000) 1
Gibson GI Geraldton 15th 14 October 1906 813,450 472,336 (427,336) 4
Kimberley KI Broome 8th 19 September 1820 583,590 423,517 (163,521) 3
Flag of New Albion.svg New Albion NA Sydney 7th 6 June 1795 9,539,230 811,870 (313,465) 47
Flag of New Caledonia.svg New Caledonia NC Noumea 21st 5 May 1999 271,407 18,576 (7,172) 1
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg New Guinea NG Port Moresby 18th 16 September 1975 8,935,000 462,840 (178,700) 44
Flag of Vanuatu.svg New Hebrides NH Port Vila 20th 30 July 1980 307,815 12,189 (4,706) 2
Flag of New Zealand JoW.svg New Zealand NZ Brisbane 5th 23 May 1792 6,052,190 1,852,642 (263,983) 30
Morning Star flag.svg Papua PA Numbay 17th 15 August 1963 5,399,000 420,540 (162,371) 27
Pilbara PI Port Hedland 11th 16 January 1885 753,400 507,896 (193,826) 4
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg Solomon Islands SI Honiara 19th 7 July 1978 652,857 28,400 (11,000) 3
Tasmania TA Hobart 6th 1 June 1792 1,079,180 68,401 (26,410) 5
Flag of Victoria (Australia).svg Victoria VA Melbourne 10th 5 September 1860 7,838,350 237,659 (91,671) 39
West Georgia WG Bunbury 2nd 9 January 1792 1,184,400 23,970 (9,255) 6

Federal Territory

Federal Territory of the United Cygnian States
Name & postal abbrieviation Established Population (2016 est) Area in km2 (mi2) Rep(s)
Flag of the Territory of Swan.svg Territory of Swan TS 12 March 1800 426,704 6,648 (2,567) 2

External Territories

Inhabited External Territories of the United Cygnian States
Territory & postal abbrieviation Capital Acquired Population (2016 est) Area in km2 (mi2) Administration
Flag of Christmas Island.svg Christmas Island CX Flying Fish Cove 1888 2,072 135 (52) Administrator of the Indian Ocean Territories
Keeling Islands KE West Island 1857 596 14 (5)
Flag of Nauru.svg Nauru NU Yaren 1886 10,084 21 (8) Administrator of Nauru
Flag of Norfolk Island.svg Norfolk Island NO Kingston 1788 1,965 35 (14) Administrator of Norfolk Island

Uninhabited territories

Territories of Cygnia with no permanent population
Territory Acquired Area in km2 (mi2)
Ashmore and Cartier Islands 1881 199 (77)
Cygnian Antarctic Territory 1908 1,709,400 (660,003)
Heard Island and McDonald Islands 1910 368 (142)


The table below presents a comparison in terminology used for the various administrative institutions in the Cygnian federal government, the States and the Territories.

Entity Type of entity Tie to the President Domestic administrator Head of Government Upper House of Parliament Lower House of Parliament Member of Legislature
Upper house Lower house
The Union Federal government Direct President Chancellor Congress Senator Representative
Senate House of Representatives
Territory of Swan Federal Territory Direct Chief Minister Legislative Assembly MLA
Aotearoa Federated state Direct Governor Premier Parliament MP
Auralia Legislative Council Legislative Assembly MLC MLA
Avon House of Assembly MHA
Carolina Legislative Assembly MLA
Darwin Legislative Assembly MLA
East Georgia
New Caledonia Parliament MP
New Guinea
New Hebrides
New Zealand Legislative Assembly MLA
New Albion Legislative Council Legislative Assembly MLC MLA
Papua Legislative Assembly MLA
Solomon Islands Parliament MP
Tasmania House of Assembly MHA
Victoria Legislative Council Legislative Assembly MLC MLA
West Georgia Legislative Assembly MLA
Christmas Island External territory Indirect (through Administrator) Administrator Shire President Council Councillor
Keeling Islands
Norfolk Island