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PACIFIC OCEAN and AUSTRALIA
Mini World Atlas

Includes Pacific Ocean Islands, Australia, New Zealand, and Antarctica, excludes South East Asian islands in the North Pacific. Use Edit >> Find, or scroll down,  to locate a country of your choice. Previous names for the country are shown in brackets.
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"Intl Oval" = Oval sign or sticker used to designate vehicle origin, eg:

ANTARCTICA

The Antarctic Treaty 1959 prohibits measures of a military nature. It permits the use of military personnel or equipment for scientific research, or for any other peaceful purposes.
AMERICAN SAMOA
Location Pacific
Capital Pago Pago
Religion Christianity
Languages Samoan, English
History Self-governing territory of the United States 1899
Intl Oval USA
AUSTRALIA
Location South Pacific and Indian Oceans
Capital Canberra
Religion Christianity
Language English
History British occupation ended 1901,
Intl Oval AUS
ISO Code AU
AUSTRALIA - CHRISTMAS ISLAND
Location Southern Indian Ocean
Capital The Settlement
Religions Buddhism, Christianity, Islam
Language English, Chinese, Malay.
History Administered by Australia since 1958
Intl Oval AUS
AUSTRALIA - COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS
Location Southern Indian Ocean
Capital West Island
Language English
History Territory of Australia
Intl Oval AUS
COOK ISLANDS           (Rarotonga)
Location Pacific
Capital Avarua
Religion Christianity
Language English. The other main language is Cook Islands Maori.
History Self-governing dependency of New Zealand since 1901
Intl Oval NZ
FIJI
Location Pacific
Capital Suva
Religion Christianity, hinduism
Languages English, Fijian, Hindi
History British occupation ended 1970
Intl Oval FJI
French Southern and Antarctic Territory (FSAT)

The French Southern and Antarctic Territory (FSAT) is a territory of France. Includes Europa, Juan de Nova, and Bassas da India in the Indian Ocean, and Kerguelen Island in Pacific Ocean, as well as French segment of Antarctica..

Intl Oval: F
 

GILBERT and ELLICE ISLANDS   See Kiribati and Tuvalu

In 1975, the Gilbert Islands gained independence from Great Britain and became the nation of Kiribati, a democratic republic in British Commonwealth.

The Ellice Islands gained their independence in 1978 and became the nation of Tuvalu.

 

GUAM
Location Pacific
Capital Hagatña    (Agana)
Religion Christianity
Languages English, Chamorro
History Self-governing territory of the United States 1898
Intl Oval USA
JOHNSTON ISLAND
Location Pacific
History Territory of the United States since 1858
Intl Oval USA
KIRIBATI                (Gilbert Islands)   (Tarawa)
Location Pacific
Capital Tarawa
Religion Christianity
Languages Kiribati, English
History British occupation ended 1979, name changed
Intl Oval KIR
MARSHALL ISLANDS
Location Pacific
Capital Majuro
Religion Christianity
Language English
History Japanese occupation 1941 - 1947, US occupation ended 1980, previously part of Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands
Intl Oval MH
MICRONESIA   (FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA)    (Trust Territory of Micronesia)  (Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands)
Location Pacific
Capital Palikir
Religion Christianity
Language English
History Japanese occupation 1941 - 1947, US occupation ended 1990, previously part of Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands 
Intl Oval FSM
MIDWAY ISLAND

Midway Island
is an unincorporated territory of the United States
NAURU        (Australian and New Zealand UN Trust Territory)
Location Pacific
Capital No official capital
Religion Christianity
Languages English, Nauru
History Independent in 1968
Intl Oval NAU
NEW CALEDONIA
Location Pacific
Capital Nouméa
Religion Christianity
 Language French
History Overseas territory of France since 1953
Intl Oval F
NEW HEBRIDES     See Vanuatu

The British-French condominium of the New Hebrides became independent as Vanuatu in 1980.
NIUE
Location Pacific
Capital Alofi
Religion Christianity
Languages Niue, English
History Self-governing dependency of New Zealand since 1901
Intl Oval NZ
NORTH MARIANAS
Location Pacific
Capital Saipan
Religion Christianity
Languages Chamorro, English, Carolinian
History Japanese occupation 1941 - 1947, US occupation ended 1985, previously part of Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands
Intl Oval USA
NORFOLK ISLAND
Location Pacific
Capital Kingston
Religion Christianity
Language English
History Australian territory since 1901
Intl Oval AUS
NEW ZEALAND
Location Pacific
Capital Wellington
Religion Christianity
Languages English, Maori
History British occupation ended 1907.
Intl Oval NZ
PALAU
Location Pacific
Capital Koror
Religions Christianity, natural religions
Languages Palau, English
History Japanese occupation 1941 - 1947, US occupation ended 1994, previously Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.
Intl Oval PAL
PITCAIRN
Location Pacific
Capital Adamstown
Religion Christianity
Language English
History Self-governing overseas territory of Great Britain
Intl Oval GB
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Location Pacific
Capital Port Moresby
Religion Christianity
Language English, Pidgin
History Australian UN Trust Territory of New Guinea merged with Australian dependency of Papua into the independent state of Papua New Guinea 1975 - balance of island (Papua and West Papua) is part of Indonesia.
Intl Oval PNG
POLYNESIA    (Tahiti)
Location Pacific
Capital Papeéte
Religion Christianity
Languages French, Tahitian
History Overseas territory of France
Intl Oval F
SAMOA              (Western Samoa)
Location Pacific
Capital Apia
Religion Christianity
Languages Samoan, English
History New Zealand UN Trust territory of Western Samoa became independent 1971, renamed Samoa 1997.
Intl Oval WS
SOLOMON ISLANDS
Location Pacific
Capital Honiara
Religion Christianity
Languages English, Pidgin-English
History British occupation ended 1978
Intl Oval SOL
TOKELAU

Self-Administering Territory of New Zealand
TONGA
Location Pacific
Capital Nuku'Alofa
Religion Christianity
Languages Tonga, English
History British occupation ended 1970
Intl Oval TO
TRUST TERRITORY OF THE PACIFIC ISLANDS
TTPI was dissolved by United States to form:
        Marshall Islands 1980
        Federated States of Micronesia 1985
        Northern Mariana Islands 1986
        Republic of Palau 1996
TUVALU           (Ellice Island)
Location Pacific
Capital Funafuti
Religion Christianity
Languages Tuvalu, English
History British occupation ended 1978, name changed
Intl Oval TUV
VANUATU           (New Hebrides)
Location Pacific
Capital Port Vila
Religion Christianity
Languages Bislama, English, French
History British-French condominium of the New Hebrides became independent as Vanuatu 1980
Intl Oval VU
WAKE ISLAND
Location Northern Pacific
History Territory of the United States
Intl Oval USA
WALLIS and FUTUNA ISLANDS
Location Pacific
Capital Mata-Utu
Religion Christianity (catholicism)
Language French
History Overseas territory of France
Intl Oval F