Tally isn't just for Aussies. If it was, we wouldn't get to meet so many of the wonderful people we've collected over the years! We don't expect you to know everything about the country, and we're happy to help with any questions you have. Here is a quick guide to Australia, Narragyambie and the Australian wizarding world. If there's anything else you'd like to know, post as a reply and we'll get you an answer as soon as possible!
Australia is a huge country. At 7,741,220 square kilometres, it's the sixth largest country (by area) in the world. The United States of America sits in third at 9,826,675 square kilometres, so Australia is about 80% the size of the USA.
But with all that size, Australia doesn't even make the top 10 for population. In fact, with a population of just 24.13 million we didn't even make the top 50 countries by population in 2016. That's 299 million less than the USA.
This, along with the fact that Australia was largely used as a prison island by Britain in the 1700s and 1800s, means that we're still fighting as a country to be recognised as a big player on the world stage. Australia is home to thousands of cultures outside of the culture developed from British settlement. Australians have a reputation for talking back to authority, being relaxed, hard-working, and very ready to have a good time. However, cultures from other countries are very present in refugee and immigrant communities and help to enrich our diverse population.
With a small population in such a large area, it was never practical for wizarding communities to separate entirely from muggle ones. Doing so would drastically reduce the ability for small populations to thrive, and so Australian wizards generally live in the same cities and spaces as their muggle counterparts.
Thus, the divide between magical and muggle culture found in older and larger populations (such as the UK) is not as pronounced. Most wizards in Australia have a grasp of modern technology, even if magical energy is notorious for interfering with electronics and wifi signals.
The divide and prejudice over blood strength is also not as strong. Coming from a difficult background (such as being muggleborn or halfblooded) is a badge of pride in Australia, not one of shame. Blood elitism is really only seen in wealthy families of very old wizarding blood.
As Australian wizards often have to work closely with muggles, provisions have been made within the law for disclosing secrets of the wizarding world. A muggle that has been thoroughly vetted and approved may be allowed to learn of the existence of magic, and following that, wizards are permitted to perform magic in the presence of that muggle. This is known as an "approved" muggle. Should the muggle fail to keep the secret of the wizarding world, punishments range from memory loss to jail time.
A muggle that has not been approved and does not know about the wizarding world is known as a "blind" muggle. It is illegal to perform magic in the presence of blind muggles.
When Australia is mentioned, most people think of Sydney. It's common for non-Australians to assume that Sydney is our capital city. The federal capital of Australia is actually Canberra, a small, very circular city in the Australian Capital Territory. Not much of actual importance happens there, just a bunch of politicians waffling.
The city to note, for Tally purposes, is Melbourne. Melbourne is home to 3.9 million Aussies, and is located in the state of Victoria. By Australian standards, it's a big place. By most international standards, it's pretty small. You can see the general layout and districts of inner Melbourne on this page. Melbourne has a good network of buses, trains, and the iconic trams.
Australia's government operates on several levels: local, state and federal. In state and federal parliament, the house is divided into the current government, the primary opposing party (the opposition), and independents that side with neither the opposition or the government (crossbench).
The leader of the country is known as the Prime Minister.
Magical government in Australia follows the same structure, with members elected at state and federal levels. The leader of the federal magical government is the Australian Minister for Magic, the state government leader is the Victorian Minister for Magic.
When a muggle Prime Minister is sworn in for their first term, they are also briefed on the existence of the wizarding population. Though they may not share this information with non-magical members of their party, they do work closely with the Australian Minister for Magic to ensure magical and muggle harmony across Australia.
A two-hour freeway drive north of Melbourne (if you push the speed limit), Narragyambie is built around one main street. Most shops and services can be found along here, before it forks at the northern end of town: one side continuing the highway, and the other a dirt track known as Narrie-Tallygarunga Road.
The landscape out here is flat. Very flat. Most of the land has been levelled at some point for farming purposes, and several farms still operate in the district. With a population just under 10,000, Narragyambie is a decent-sized town by Australian standards.
Big enough to have a small muggle school and a healthy amount of businesses operating in the town.
Narrie is as much a muggle town as it is a wizarding one, though the wizarding population percentage is much higher than in other small towns---largely due to Tallygarunga being so close. Narrie is not a hidden town. Like most Australian wizarding populations, the magical folk of Narrie keep their magic out of sight of their muggle neighbours, and otherwise live very normal lives.
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