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Oz is the postwar Australia, dominated by the Sydney-Melbourne Conurb megacity. Several other cities and towns exist outside of the conurb. It is part of the Hiroshima Accord.

The centre of the country is the Radback: a vast nuclear desert.

Ozzers are known for being laid back and irreverent, and their society is one of the most free and relaxed on Earth. Skysurf legend Chopper took sanctuary there as a result.

The main newspaper in Sydney-Melbourne is the Oz Observer, [1], local beer includes Thunderchunder XXXX, and one of the main airports is Ozport.

CitiesEdit

  • Sydney-Melbourne Conurb: Sunny, sprawling besides a blue sea. The Sydney Opera House has survived the wars.
  • Okker: A city located in the northeast state of Bananaland (former Queensland).[2]
  • Taswegia: A small city in Tasmania.[3]
  • Perth Island: The southwest of Oz has cracked off ffrom the rest of the continent.[4]
  • Brisbania: future Brisbane.[5] Chopper's ex-girlfriend Charlene moved there.
  • Drongo Springs: small Radback settlement
  • Chunder Range: settlement in the northwest


HistoryEdit

Morton Judd and his acolytes fled to Australia after his aborted coup in Mega-City One. Over the next forty years, hidden under Ayer's Rock, he built up an army of clones - the Judda - brainwashed into seeing him as a god.

Australia's mutant population had been forced into 'relocation camps' in the Radback. Years later, when the camps became a political embarrassment, the mutants were driven out into the wilderness.[6]

Conflicting Sov Block agents and the terrorist group Oz Mutanty would all try to capture famed artist (and psi) Jiri Rasputin in 2101.[7]

In 2108, the Sydney-Melbourne Conurb became the first city where Supersurf was held legally. Supersurf 8 and 9 were both won by Jug McKenzie, "the Wizard of Oz".[8] Supersurf 10 would see Marlon "Chopper" Shakespeare escape the MC-1 iso-cubes and hoof it to Oz in order to challenge McKenzie, increasing media attention to fever pitch. This proved handy for Mega-City One: the Judda had begun their first raids and after being tracked to Oz, Judge Dredd was able to travel there and seek Oz Judge aid under the pretence of arresting Chopper.

After Dredd, Judge Bruce, and other Oz forces defeated the Judda - which involved nuking Ayer's Rock - Dredd did indeed plan to arrest Chopper. He let the youth fly Supersurf 10, where Jug McKenzie defeated him: proving the Ozzer to be the greatest skysurfer of all time. When Chopper attempted to escape, Jug "accidentally" stopped Dredd from shooting him and when Dredd tried to arrest him too, Bruce snapped and overrode him: "we give the orders round here!".[9] Chopper flew off into the Radback.

While Oz and Mega-City One remained allies, Supersurf 10 and the destruction of the Rock left some lingering diplomatic tension throughout 2110. Mega-City One lodged an official protest at Chopper being given asylum and Jug McKenzie could not enter the city in case he was arrested. When the Wizard was captured in the Cursed Earth, Dredd deliberately hoped he'd be injured so he could be rushed to the city for aid and then arrested - unfortunately, Oz's support was needed for an upcoming trade conference so they had to let him go.[10] For Oz's part, they suspected some Judda had escaped but searched on their own rather than informing Mega-City One.[11]

Chopper made friends with an aboriginal man named Smokie and learned how to live in the Radback wild. He travelled back to the Conurb in late 2110 to purchase Nit-Nurse and made contact with Jug and his friends. He started a romance with surf fan Charlene and had an informal rematch with Jug, which Chopper won. [12] (What Chopper didn't know at the time was that Jug had been letting his training lapse and started getting too drunk & out of shape.[13])

During the global Deros crisis in 2112, suburban Oz was terrorised by a giant bunyip.[14]

Sydney-Melbourne bay

Syd-Mel Conurb bay

After the brutal Supersurf 11 in Mega-City Two, Chopper settled down with Charlene and McKenzie with Doreen at Drongo Springs. The settlement turned out to be the intersection of a hundred "songlines" and StigCorp planned to level the town to get to them (and get revenge on Chopper). StigCorp blackmailed Chief Judge Bob into allowing it with compromising photos and had Judge Bruce moved to Chunder Range so he couldn't interfere. The skysurfers fought back and won, and Chopper gained Bob's allegiance after atealing the photos back.[15]

The country was among those who fought Sabbat's zombies on Judgement Day. Judge Bruce was one of the pan-judicial strike force that ended it, at the cost of his own life.

A Sydney-Melbourne zoom-train crashed in the harbour in 2117, tragically killing McKenzie's wife and son.[16] In the same year, Deputy Chief Judge Bruce "Dago Red" McDoggler attended the InterDep conference on the Moon.[17]

Oz had a hit Tri-D show in Strewth, What A Loon! from 2120-23, where Chug "Chugger" McNasty risked his life for mass-market entertainment. The show was about to be axed by Oz media baron Hubert Murder (legally dead and cryogenically-revived for 24 hours each year), so McNasty tried to revive it by capturing the fugitive Mean Machine. That went as well as you'd expect.[18]

Sydney-Melbourne was one of the targets of Ula Danser, the self-styled "Global Response".

Duke Stavros, the Brit-Cit prince consort, was sent to Oz on a diplomatic mission in 2126.[19]

Judge Hogan tracked the final Judda, Jonah, to Perth Island but failed to stop him escaping to Mega-City One. Under cover of an exchange program, he was sent to MC-1 during the 2126 Global Justice Summit (which included Chief Judge Keith). Hogan teamed up with Dredd - who was not happy to learn Oz had been keeping quiet about surviving Judda for political reasons - to end the threat.[20]

Jug McKenzie died in summer 2126, flying his powerboard into the Radback's lethal Electric Canyon after he was diagnosed with cancer. The funeral was the largest the skysurf world had seen, with champions past and present crossing the Conurb Harbour.[21]

East-Meg Two strategist Anatoli Kazan fled to Oz and handed himself to the Mega-City One consulate there.[22]

The Chaos Bug reached Oz in 2134 and the nation sealed its borders to prevent further infection.


JudgesEdit

Oz Judge

Oz Judges (the uniform is normally coloured black)

The Oz Judges boast that they'll "take anyone", even considering foreign citizens or ex-criminals. Cloning and training children are not done.[23] Judges are also extremely laidback and casual. All of this makes many foreign Judges, including Dredd, see them as undisciplined.

In actual fact, the Oz Judges are a highly efficient force that believes in getting on with their citizens.[24] They will turn a blind eye to certain discretions and don't take some of the more authoritarian tacts of their foreign counterparts. In 2109, Oz Judges were able to 'arrest Dredd' so he coudn't interfere with Supersurf: a trick that was convincing enough fool the Judda.[25] When it comes to combat, Oz Judges have been lethally effective. The early Justice Department had no qualms about deporting and assaulting mutants.

Mega-City One is allied to Oz and they cooperated to defeat the Judda, and later to occupy Ciudad Barranquilla. However, the two have clashed over policy: Judge Bruce faced down Dredd and denied him a shot at Chopper, so Dredd attempted to find a way to bust Jugs Mackenzie later in the year[26]; and due to the nuking of Ayers Rock, Sydney-Melbourne kept quiet while tracking down remaining Judda.[27]

The Judges operate out of the Grand Hall of Justice on Hogan Plaza.


NotesEdit

Oz was portrayed as every 1980s stereotype of Australia, and the depiction still holds.

"Ocker" is a derogatory term for some Queenslanders, ala "bumpkin" or "redneck".


ReferencesEdit

  1. Prog 558
  2. Map of Oz by Brendan McCarthy in Oz Part 15, prog 559
  3. Map of Oz by Brendan McCarthy in Oz Part 15, prog 559
  4. Map of Oz by Brendan McCarthy in Oz
  5. Prog 1389
  6. Prog 1926
  7. "Orlock: The Rasputin Caper"
  8. Prog 545
  9. Prog 570
  10. Prog 588 to 591: "Twister"
  11. Jihad audio drama
  12. Prog 594 to 597: "Chopper: Soul on Fire"
  13. Prog 656
  14. Prog 701
  15. Chopper: Earth,Wind,and Fire
  16. Chopper: Supersurf 13
  17. Wetworks by Dave Stone
  18. The Last Vidshow
  19. For Queen and Country audio drama
  20. Jihad audio drama
  21. Chopper: The Big Meg
  22. Change of Loyalties
  23. Judge Dredd Mega-Special #1: "Join the Oz Judges"
  24. Judge Dredd Mega-Special #1: "Dredd's World"
  25. Progs 557 and 558
  26. Twister
  27. Jihad audio drama

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