INDONESIA AND AUSTRALIA
Indonesia and Australia are nations located southeast of Asia, separated by the Timor Sea and the Java Trench. Both have undergone challenges in economy, government, and demography that are both similar and quite different from the other. Indonesia is “the world’s most expansive archipelagic (fragmented) state” (Blij 503) with multiple heritages and cultures. Australia has been slowly declining over the past century and continues to economically disintegrate. According to records kept on
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five main islands. Australia has a much larger landmass, but the population also is heavily focused to the east coast. They are both, however, fighting to maintain stability often disrupted by the sheer diversity of the people and overseen by the Asian giants to the north and northwest. According to records kept on the economy, government, and demography, both Australia and Indonesia are continuing to be recognized as similar and distinct in their own right.