Okay, I guess it’s time to ‘fess up, the joke’s gone on long enough.
Sorry guys, but it was all one great big experiment.
We sent all the criminals we could find to Australia, and all our religious nuts to America. Next we sat back and observed their progress.
Surprisingly, after a few generations the Aussies turned into rather decent blighters, able to field dashed good cricket and rugby teams (though they seem to have completely misread the rules of football). Meanwhile the Merkins concentrated on producing newer and more extreme variants of religious nut. Obviously we were quite alarmed by this and sought to terminate the experiment early for the safety of all involved, but we had, in our eagerness to conduct this worthy enterprise, neglected to select only pacifist religious nuts. Fortunately, we reasoned, the great expanses of the pacific and atlantic oceans would keep we civilised men safe.