Australia and the US will merge to form one super nation
Sound like a gag? An April Fool's joke in May?
A petition has been created on the official White House
website (see here) calling for the Obama
Administration to join "America and Australia to form
The "We the People" section on the whitehouse.gov website was
launched in 2011 to allow the public, in accordance with the
First Amendment of the US Constitution, to petition the US
government on issues deemed important.
Recent petitions address gun violence, marijuana legislation
and free speech - as well as the release of the White House's
secret recipe for its Honey Ale beer and urging the
construction of a Star Wars-style Death Star as economic
If a petition receives 100,000 signatures in 30 days, it will
be reviewed by White House staff, sent to "the appropriate
policy experts" and an official response issued.
When the Death Star petition received enough signatures, Paul
Shawcross, chief of the science and space branch at the White
House Office of Management and Budget, noted a Death Star
would cost $US850,000,000,000,000,000 to build and "the
Administration does not support blowing up planets".
The creator of the Ameristralia petition is someone with the
initials D.A. from Beverly Hills, California, and so far has
attracted about 4650 signatures.
Another 95,350 or so signatures are needed by May 24 to
receive a White House response.
The campaign appears to have evolved on the social news and
entertainment website Reddit.
Reddit users have created Ameristralia flags (koala riding a
bald eagle) and combined national anthems (God bless
Ameristralia, my home sweet home. And you'll come a waltzing
matilda with me".
"We will rain down freedom and poisonous creatures on our
enemies," one Ameristralia supporter excitedly declared.
Another said: "The bastard children of the British Empire
united at last to a world dominating superpower."
An Australian Reddit user supported the merger, but suggested
a name change: "Our time zone is first, so logically it
should be Ausmerica."
Some Canadians on Reddit, fearing living next to the world's
new super-duper power Ameristralia, called for its own
"Canada, here. Come on New Zealand! With our powers combined
we can be but a nuisance to our numerically superior
neighbours!" the Canadian wrote.
If Ameristralia, or Ausmerica, does become a reality, it
raises some issues.
* If Mel Gibson gets arrested again, Australians can't call
* If Lindsay Lohan gets arrested again, Americans can call
* What side of the road do Ameristralians drive on?
* Will Ameristralia adopt metric, or will inches, miles and
pounds be used?
* Will AFL, NRL and rugby union players be forced to wear
helmets and shoulder pads and spike the ball when they score
a goal or try ... sorry ... a touchdown?
* Will cricketers fielding be forced to wear a big leather
* Can Australians abandon the coming federal election and
instead of voting for Julia or Tony invite Barack Obama as
the inaugural prime president of Ameristralia?
* Will the capital of Ameristralia be Honolulu? The Canberra
press gallery will be happy, and suntanned.
* It will always be summer (and cocktail hour) somewhere in
* It will be easy for former Aussies to buy an assault rifle
or rocket grenade launcher for their son's fifth birthday