Can probably blame it on the Soviet Union
wrong correct me if I'm wrong???
Political instability and corruption correlate better with poverty than just autocracy. China is a very stable dictatorship; India is a pretty unstable democracy. It's pretty clear which one is doing better now economically. I'm not endorsing dictatorship of course, I just want to point this out.
*you could argue turkstan
plus then I would also say kyrstan
the only oceanian country from those islands between the asian continent and stralia is papua new guinea.
And you realize the soviet communist/socialist system itself is to blame for leaving those areas high and dry once the USSR broke up? It's not by coincidence that there is a ton of corruption and poor governance, and very little in the way of proper support for entrepreneurship there.