The Last Country to Occupy Each Oceanian Country

There are 14 countries in Oceania. Can you name the last country to occupy each of them with the help of a map?
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Last updated: August 5, 2021
First submittedAugust 1, 2021
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Country
Year
Last country to occupy
Australia
1901
United Kingdom
Federated States of Micronesia
1979
United States
Fiji
1970
United Kingdom
Kiribati
1979
United Kingdom
Marshall Islands
1979
United States
Nauru
1968
Australia/New Zealand/United Kingdom
New Zealand
1907
United Kingdom
Palau
1978
United States
Papua New Guinea
1975
Australia
Samoa
1962
New Zealand
Solomon Islands
1978
United Kingdom
Tonga
1970
United Kingdom
Tuvalu
1978
United Kingdom
Vanuatu
1980
United Kingdom/France
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Level 76
Aug 3, 2021
Occupy implies hostile troops, however your approach here is often based on political control rather than military occupation. The last troops to have occupied many of these Oceanian countries were either Japanese or American during WW2, yet Japan isn't the answer for anything in the quiz. I think it should be.
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Level 61
Aug 3, 2021
Yup, I will change it soon. I totally forgot about that and just did the country that they gained independence from. Silly me. Although the US and Australia/NZ made the island hopping campaign to push the Japanese back to Japan, so Japan still wouldn't have been the last to occupy any of them anyway right?
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Level 76
Aug 4, 2021
Depends on which islands. Some were still in Japanese control when Japan surrendered. The US marines did the majority of the invasions of Japanese controlled Pacific islands in the latter stages of WW2, Australian/NZ troops were deployed in New Guinea and Indonesia rather than the outer Pacific islands. The US island hopping campaign avoided the heavily fortified islands where possible because the main aim was to secure bases as close as possible to the main islands of Japan, and so not all occupied Pacific islands were brought under control by the allies at the time when Japan surrendered. Japan still controlled a few parts of northern New Guinea at the surrender date for instance also. It's a bit complicated :)
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Level 61
Aug 5, 2021
Thanks for explaining. It will be difficult to decide whether to include them unless Japan controlled the whole of one country at the time of its surrender. I'll think about it though and thanks again.
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Level 61
Aug 5, 2021
I've added in the year now.
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Level 76
Aug 6, 2021
The dates do make it cleaner. For the reason in my first comment, I'd suggest "control" would be a better choice than "occupy".
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Level 61
Aug 7, 2021
Ok