New Caledonia is a territory of France. However, it was first named by Captain Cook who named it as such due to its resemblance to the Scotland. Not to mention, for country in the Pacific, it is a relatively large country, at approximately 18,500 square kilometres, or about half the size of Taiwan.
Fiji is a country in the Pacific, especially well known in the aviation community with its flag carrier, Fiji Airlines, having an incredibly complex and unique livery which is popular among many. Like its fleet of young planes, the country’s population is young, with half of the population under the age of 29.
The birth country of the youngest Nobel Laureate, Malala Yousufzai. Having been shot by the Taliban after reporting on the situation at her school. However, since then she has continued her activism, publishing a book just under 8 years ago, as well as earning a degree at the University of Oxford in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Tonga is a country made up of 170 islands, lies in the South Pacific Ocean. However, only 36 of the 170 islands are inhabited. It also has a largely tropical climate, something evidently seen when the locals tend to grow fruits such as bananas, taro, coconut and papayas. Not to mention, the island’s volcanic nature means that the soil is often very fertile too.
There isn’t much that is notable about this island, however, the nature of this island being operated primarily by military personnel means that it isn’t often visited by tourists or non-military personnel. While the British Indian Ocean Territory is made up of over 1,000 islands, the largest island of Diego Garcia is where everything happens.
The 25th of October and the 172nd country I’ve controlled at, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. This island is well known around the world for being a tax haven until fairly recently. Many Caribbean islands are popular as tax havens, offering low tax rates as well as lenient tax laws. However, a change in the last couple years has led to an increase in tax rates for foreign earned income, and since then, quite a number of people have moved away to other islands instead.
Christmas Island is a relatively small island, just south of Indonesia, which was formed as a result of underwater volcanic discharge. At about 85 square kilometres, the island is inhabited by just under 2,000 people, and is an external territory of Australia. Two-thirds of the island is made up of the Christmas Island National Park, where flora and fauna unique to Christmas Island could be found, however, due to natural causes, there are instances of species native to the island going extinct, with reasons such as the introduction of foreign disease being some of the main reasons.
You would be forgiven for thinking that this small island between Sumatra and Australia is seen as insignificant. Though in this day and age it serves less function than before, this airport was an airport that planes stopped at when flying between Australia and South Africa. In addition to this, during the second World War, this airport served as a key base from which the Dutch and British Air Force engaged in the re-invasion of Malaya and Singapore…
To one of two uninhabited islands in the South Indian Ocean. Heard Island and McDonald Islands are under the Australian administration, and while there is no permanent population nor airport, it is a key site at which ecologists study, where it is the only intact sub-antarctic ecosystem where no known species were introduced by humans.
Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport (OLBA/BEY)
While the country itself has been well known in recent history as a result of civil unrest domestically, the country is also well known for the rich history that it possesses. Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, was also well known as the Paris of the East, and was a popular destination for holidaymakers sixties. With prominent presence of the Romans, Ottomans and the Crusaders, ancient artefacts, structures and places are still commonly found within the country.
To the second of two islands in the area with no airports, the French Southern Antarctic Lands, like the Heard Islands and McDonald Islands, are research islands near Antarctica, where there is no permanent population, but instead, are inhabited by military personnel, researchers and their support staff.