Ok, well, the way I look at it,
1. Australia's military defence, is pretty much a push over.
My scenario, is here in WA we have a booooming mining industry, just ask China. Our economy at the moment is being funded by the chinese thurst for
materials, ie steel, ore etc etc.
Should the world go to war, on the scale percieved for the 21st century it will be a massive undertaking.
I invision a large fleet akin to normandy landing on the Perth coastline.
It would pulverize the west Australian defence force in a few days.
Have access to this un-ending supply of materials for tanks, boats guns, etc etc..
All the chinese would need to do is setup defenses on the border, and on the coast.
They'd then have a major port of operations, that has a major mining and manufacturing industry.
The vast landscape of Australia, means it would take some considerable amount of time for the eastern states to build up and attempt a counter-attack
on the west...
imagine 1000 tanks screaming across the outback?... it just wouldnt happen fast enough to repell the invasion.
And you only need to occupymaybe a fifth of open land...
Australians would fight to death, but we just dont have the equipment or trainined personal to repel a large invasion.
We are an armies gold mine... and once youve got your foot in the door, it would be VERY difficult to kick them out.
Im looking out over the CBD and the river right now at my desk, you could get 10 subs up that river right onto perths city centre, you'd only need
1000 armed soliders and I kid you not, you'd over-run Perth.
Yes our military would kick in to gear, arm up and be at the front line within hours, but that just wouldnt be enough time to repel an invasion.
If I had the time id find details on the Perth defense force.
ALSO, We depend on the USA for defense/protection. Thus why we went into IRaq, we cant bite the hand that protects us.
But RUDD, bless him is going to pull troops out of this illegial war, and I fear how the immature leader of America will react.
Maybe our defensive treaties wont be as airtight as they were under howard.
Also, once the war starts, indonesia has the largest % of muslims in the world. and we havent exactly been nice to them as of late.
they will flood in from the north, assisting anyone whos AGAINST the west.
Australia's great now, but we're easy pick'ns
[edit on 20-9-2007 by Agit8dChop]