In a history where the United States never revolted, and the two sides reached a set of concessions culminating in the election of Americans to the British House of Parliament-- the interests of Britain were more and more tied to the Western Hemisphere as a greater proportion of its population resided in North America. Britain saw less of a need to spread its wings towards the South Pacific. The new colony of Australia was never settled, with the promise of better, more fertile lands to the West in America. The Bourbon Kings of France, seeking an answer to the issues caused by overpopulation within France, sent an expedition led by a dashing young officer by the name of Joachim Murat to explore Australia and report on opportunities for settlement there. To some extent exaggerating the fecundity of the soil, Joachim Murat sent word of an entire continent ripe for settlement, with weak natives and ample land for settlement. In 1792, a fleet of thirty ships left France heading for OTL Sydney. In charge of the expedition was Joachim Murat, who became well known for his daring tales of heroics within the French Court and was considered highly by King Louis as an expert on Australia. The colonists established la-Prosperite and quickly began establishing a large presence in the region, building a harbor and beginning the creation of several other settlements in the area of OTL Melbourne. Alarmed by the growth of French power in the region and viewing it as a precursor to ramp up efforts across the South Pacific, especially in India, Great Britain made moves to secure its own allies within the region. In 1795, Britain sent a naval envoy under Captain James Cook to make sustained contact with the Maori tribes inhabiting New Zealand with whom he had met on his first voyage some twenty years previous. The aging officer, carrying a cargo of muskets, made contact at the same time as an expansionist chief had taken control of a small federation of tribes. Taking the name of the mythical hero, Maui, this chief had extended his control across the tip of the North Island. Seeing a possibility of stemming French interest in New Zealand, Cook remained in New Zealand, helping to seal Maui’s control of the entire North Island and soon extending his control over the south through the use of the modern Western equipment provided by Captain Cook. By 1810, Maui had established control over the entirety of New Zealand. Understanding the impossibility of defending against a French invasion of his kingdom, in 1815 Maui and a new British minister, Arthur Wodeville signed the treaty of Taruanga, which established the new kingdom as under the protection of the British State. This flag, with references to the Maori conception of Father Sky and Mother Earth symbolized the islands of what they called Aotearoa. The six stars symbolize the five tribes of Maui’s original tribal confederation, surrounding him as the largest star in the middle.