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Location of Riverina within Deodeca
 • PremierJohn Parsnip
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Riverina is a province of Deodeca, known for its rich natural resources, diverse ecosystems, and cultural heritage.


Riverina, located in Deodeca, shares an international border with the Federal States of Archanta to the east as well as the Nawagan panhandle, with Peralia to the north. The region boasts an array of topological variances, from the arid Mallee plains to the verdant coastal peripheries. Notable geographical features include the Mullumbidgee River and the Leyrch-Eureka Goldfields.

Concordia, the state capital, sits along the Queen's Strait and serves as the central node of Riverinan commerce and culture. A host of large towns, with their unique demographic compositions, are dispersed throughout the state, enriching its cultural fabric.


The history of Riverina stretches back millennia, featuring a wealth of indigenous peoples' expressions, from rock art and oral traditions to significant archaeological locales. The advent of European explorers surfaced during the 18th century. Riverina joined the Commonwealth of Deodeca as an official state in the 19th century.

Riverina has held a strategic place in Deodecan historic discourse, illustrated by notable occurrences like the illustrious Riverina Gold Rush, the Riverina Parliament's genesis, and modernization drives of the late 20th century. A revitalizing indigenous rights and heritage movement marks a contemporary shift in the state's history.

Surveying (1799-1806)

Concordia was surveyed in 1799. The first documented person to traverse the land on foot was Honorary James Russell in 1802, an affluent explorer hailing from Ingerland. Russell embarked on his exploration from Pallamana Bay, initially on horseback. However, his journey was fraught with challenges; his horse succumbed to dehydration in what is now known as Yillaninka, marked by a monument memorializing the event. Russell persevered, ultimately reaching the shores of Great Odeka Bay. This feat was deemed extraordinary given the arid climate, scarcity of potable water, and tensions with indigenous populations at the time. In recognition of his achievement, Russell was granted a residence at The Estates, then a discreet enclave reserved for Ingerish Government Officials. His crossing remains a pivotal event in Deodecan History, with the section of the TDH-2 passing through Riverina being christened the Russell Highway in homage to the pioneering journey he undertook.

Early Settlement

The early settlement period of Riverina State, dating back to the turn of the 19th century, marked a tumultuous yet formative era in the region's history. In 1811, as the pioneers began establishing Concordia, the capital city, they encountered the challenges of building a new society in the untamed Australian landscape.

Concordia, initially a promising settlement, faced the complexities of coexistence between settlers and the Indigenous population. The settlers, predominantly wealthier migrants seeking a new life, sought to create a thriving community. However, tensions arose as the settlers encroached on Indigenous lands, leading to clashes and disputes over resources.

To accommodate the influx of convicts arriving in Riverina State, Banville emerged as a fenced slum in the early days. This area served as a temporary containment for both convicts and Indigenous individuals, who were often subjected to harsh conditions. Working convicts labored tirelessly on the construction of what would become modern-day Concordia.

Rebellion of Concordia

In 1811, the fledgling settlement faced a dramatic turn of events when convicts staged a revolt in the capital city, Concordia. The upheaval saw the overthrow of the government, leading to a period of chaos and unrest.

Amidst the tumult, convicts and Indigenous individuals found themselves confined in Banville, a makeshift slum that would later become a modern suburb. Banville served as a holding ground for working convicts when they weren't laboring on the construction of what is now modern-day Concordia. The weak enclosure of Banville proved to be insufficient, allowing a mass escape of convicts who infiltrated the Concordia CBD through parklands, resulting in the assassination of free settlers and the demise of prominent figures from the Riverina Settlement Company and the colonial administration.

In response to the continuous threat of convict raids, wealthier settlers ventured 20km east to establish Kingmont, now Concordia's affluent outer suburb nestled at the foot of the hills. However, the relentless attacks persisted, prompting Sir Samuel Playford to lead a pioneering expedition eastward in search of safer lands, under the premise that no convict would travel 170 miles simply to raid a settlement. The party, comprising 300 individuals, reached the Mullumbidgee River in 1806, where they decided to settle. The strategic location offered a natural bottleneck for defense against convict raids.

A rickety bridge was erected across the river, facilitating the safe passage of settlers. The journey continued, and the party eventually reached the springs on the other side of the Mallee Scrublands, where the town of Playford was founded. However, the discovery of gold just 2km to the east led to the rapid rise of a new town called Eureka. Over time, Eureka eclipsed Playford, absorbing it into its metropolitan area and establishing itself as a prominent urban center.

The maritime influence on Riverina State expanded with the emergence of Fleming Harbour, a crucial whaling and fishing port connected to Eureka by rail. This harbor town provided an alternate seafaring route for Concordia until the colonial authorities intervened. The return of control from the convicts led to the implementation of the Harmony Scheme, ensuring equal rights for convicts, free settlers, and Indigenous populations.

Battle of Eureka and Convict Incursion

In 1816, Riverina State faced an unexpected challenge as convicts, defying common expectations, navigated the treacherous bush track that constituted the original highway. This narrow, challenging path, accommodating only one horse in each direction or requiring careful navigation on foot, was deemed an unlikely route for raids due to its difficulty and remoteness. However, the resourcefulness of the convicts proved formidable as they successfully traversed the terrain, utilizing guerrilla tactics to strike settlements along the way.

The culmination of the convict incursion occurred at the Battle of Eureka. Despite the settlers' confidence in their fortifications and the natural barrier presented by the Mullumbidgee River, a determined group of convicts breached the defenses. The strategically positioned Mullumbidgee Bridge fortifications, over 100 miles west of Eureka, were intended as a formidable barrier, but the convicts showcased adaptability and endurance. The battle ensued, resulting in significant losses on both sides, but the settlers ultimately emerged victorious.

The Battle of Eureka underscored the need for increased vigilance and improved defenses. It also challenged assumptions about the limits of convict mobility. This pivotal event in Riverina State's history contributed to the settlers' resilience, prompting a reassessment of security measures and ultimately leading to a more secure and stable future for the burgeoning region.

Riverina Freedom Act

The hard-fought victory in the Battle of Eureka played a pivotal role in the restoration of harmony and the enactment of the Freedom Act in Riverina State. The settlers, having successfully repelled the convict incursion, recognized the need for a comprehensive and inclusive approach to governance to prevent future conflicts and ensure the region's stability.

In the aftermath of the battle, key leaders, inspired by the resilience displayed by both settlers and convicts, initiated a series of dialogues aimed at fostering unity and equal rights. The Freedom Act, drafted in the spirit of reconciliation, became the cornerstone of this effort. Enacted to ensure that convicts, free settlers, and Indigenous people enjoyed equal rights and opportunities, the act marked a significant departure from previous divisive policies.

The provisions of the Freedom Act included legal reforms, land distribution initiatives, and the establishment of representative bodies that provided a platform for diverse voices to be heard in the decision-making process. This inclusive approach aimed to address historical grievances, promote social cohesion, and lay the foundation for a more harmonious society.

The act also paved the way for the return of control from the colonial authorities, leading to a more autonomous and self-governing Riverina State. The newfound unity and sense of shared purpose revitalized the nation, fostering economic growth, cultural exchange, and innovation.

Over time, the Freedom Act proved instrumental in shaping Riverina State into a strong and resilient nation. The principles of equality and justice embedded in the act contributed to a society where individuals from all walks of life could thrive. The lessons learned from the Battle of Eureka and the subsequent enactment of the Freedom Act became integral to the state's identity, symbolizing the triumph of unity over division and the restoration of a harmonious and robust nation.

Government and Politics

Governance in Riverina aligns with the parliamentary democracy framework of the Federal Commonwealth of Deodeca, guided by its own constitution. Authority is vested in the legislative assembly and John Parsnip, the state governor. The state is known for its unwavering legislative practices and vigilant administrative conduct in ensuring the advancement of both its populace and natural endowments.

On 1 January 2024, the government of Riverina announced the State Cycling Action Plan (SCAP) which would include the creation of a new department in the Riverina State Building dedicated to transforming Riverina's city plan for the future, including controlled-access roads, an increase in cycleways, new public transportation options and the construction of a new 'green suburb' to the south to create more housing supply.


Riverina's economy is multifaceted, with robust sectors like mining, agriculture, and tourism. The state capital is a nucleus for innovation and trade, with [insert industry or product here] being one of its primary exports. Wine production is particularly significant, drawing parallels to South Australia's well-known wine industry. Renewable energy is an emerging powerhouse, aligning with Deodecan environmental goals.


Cultural vibrancy is an epitome of Riverina, mirrored in its fervent festivals, indigenous traditions, and flourishing arts scene. The state is home to numerous museums, galleries, and theaters that form an integral part of Deodecan cultural identity.

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