Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors
Some are fighting for freedom and independence under the slogan "All means are good" and have several million people, while others are designed to serve the interests of a single family. Their rulers - dictators abolishing the gods, and honest businesses. They do not recognize, but they are. Or were. In our review - about the most bizarre country in the world.
United States Shana: opium for freedom!
Shana, small oriental standards (only 3, 6 million) people tai kadayskoy family, like the Kurds and the Palestinians, is very worried because of the lack of their own state. And long sought its creation, but that's just they lived in the territory at once Myanmar, China, Laos and Thailand, whose rulers did not seek to revise the boundaries. Then the head of the local branch of the gangster "Golden Triangle" and part-time patriot small country Khun Sa has announced the creation of the United States Shana (they Shanlend, the Federation of the Shan States, and half a dozen names of options). It became the capital of Loi-Tayleng - place-based Shan army, numbering up to 50 000 people.
Their constitution is paradoxical and confusing, but one position is striking in its honesty: the drug trade - a sacred fishing in the fight for freedom. Indochinese Che firmly believe that the sale of a phantasmagoric high volumes of opium - the only way to speed up the international recognition of their homeland. And yet Shan heroes vote selected the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the elderly pay pensions, teach children, war and conclude a truce with the government and local junta. However, Khun Sa quickly became a traitor passed comrades, causing a powerful blow to law enforcement officers, and fled, but the new leader of Iodine Serck continues to struggle for independence.
Jamaica, Port Royal: pirate state
When the British on the orders of the Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell drove the Spaniards out of the largest ports of Jamaica, the island's capital was moved from Santiago de la Vega in Port Royal, which has turned into a unique city-state. Formally submitting to the British Crown (as pirates privateers officially stood in the service of the king), the state was under the command of Henry Morgan, better known as the Red and Bloody Henry. He successfully combined with the post of governor of the title of captain of robbers armada, terrified the inhabitants of the Caribbean archipelago. Port Royal has thrived: a few honest negotiators peacefully coexisted with marginal (we do not touch her!), National and religious issues were not at all. Adventurers of all kinds, countries and peoples, thugs, crooks, filibusters, prostitutes agreed infernal celebration of life with its concepts, laws and even a semblance of Parliament. It was here the first time in human history, there were casinos and betting on football matches (the game is officially banned in the Queen of England in 1602-m), seditious poems and magnificent sculpture of pornography. Sodom and Gomorrah Enlightenment washed away without a trace a monstrous tsunami in 1692.
The New Kingdom: Pharaoh - God
Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep IV one day changed all the old gods to the new one - Aton, symbolized the sun, took the name Akhenaten and built a new Ahetaton capital, the largest city and futuristic at the time. And yet introduced its own language (novoegipetsky), married on the main beauty era - Mitanni princess Nefertiti, passing a number of state authorities, and legalized the terrible penalty for denial of the role of light (which he very quickly became identified) in the world harmony. It was the first monotheistic religion in history.
In addition, Akhenaten had quarreled with all the neighbors (for example, the Babylonian king Burna-Buriash II complained that his Egyptian "brother" releases Ambassadors friendly power without reciprocal gifts, and when sent gold, it turned out nepolnovesnym), significantly reduced the area his kingdom as a result of "parade of sovereignties" Asian provinces and adopted the "military-communist" people food rations. The circumstances of his death are unknown but it is believed that the pharaoh was poisoned tired of his courtiers Arts. But it argued that the immortal, and fed the crocodiles those who doubted it. Capital defeated almost all the images of the living God and his wife suffered the same fate. Descendants remained except that the famous bust of Nefertiti.
Democratic Kampuchea: Death of points
The peasant's son Salote Sar, was due to the sisters, the royal concubines, a scholarship to study in Paris, had read Lenin and Trotsky, and decided in the home country Cambodia, where the mode changes as fashionista outfits, build the communist state in the world. Unfortunately, he did it. For the case of the former guerrilla and leader of the "Khmer Rouge", and now the general secretary of the Communist Party, who took the name of Pol Pot, came in a big way. He canceled the family, property, education, religion, cities, medicine and glasses - their owners die first (wearing glasses was regarded as unreliable).
In a country called Cambodia, reigned in a surreal nightmare that seems today a radical computer shooter. Residents of the city moved to the village of "working up a sweat on the clearing of the jungle and the cultivation of rice, people will understand, at last, the true meaning of life. It is necessary for him to remember what happened on rice seed. All Cambodians to become peasants "- these words describe what is happening author of the article" Genocide in Cambodia. "
Almost a quarter of the population went to heaven (village butchers were 12-year-olds), the same number have died of disease and starvation in spite of the 18-hour working day, the norm was a cup of rice or two ear of corn per day. Some of the inhabitants had fled to China and Vietnam - it is they who are in the dark tell the world what is happening in neighboring countries. In most of Kampuchea was no radio, no newspapers, no television. The dictatorial regime that led to the death of 1 to 3 (according to various estimates) million, was overthrown with the arrival of Vietnamese troops, Pol Pot fled, was sentenced in absentia to death, but died 19 years later from heart failure. All these years he spent moving between the countries of Southeast Asia.
Cocos Islands: Victorian Reserve single-family
In 1825 the British Captain John Kluniz Ross stumbled upon a tiny archipelago in the Indian Ocean, which was opened in 1609-m and is attached to the British Empire, but by virtue of its geopolitical and economic senselessness forgotten. John liked the island so much that Moreman returned there a couple of years later, decided to make them his country residence. As a representative of a noble family, the cap at that time fatally impoverished, losing in Albion almost the entire property. He moved to the island of relatives and servants-Malays, announced its territory a feudal family property and began to rule.
It seems that there a long time dozing real tyrant and a despot: Kluniz Ross has issued a set of laws, which perfectly combines creepy Victorian tradition ( "It is forbidden to die in the Houses of Parliament") and the quirks of the colonizer-tyrant. Minted its own coins - Cocos Islands rupee (it has changed from leather to plastic disc simulating ivory). In 1857-m England annexed the archipelago, but later Queen Victoria was inexplicably returned to his family captain in perpetuity. Feudal-colonial paradise ceased to exist in the middle of the last century: most of it was bought by Australia and came under its jurisdiction. Today, there is the airport interchange and cultivated coconuts Malays-Muslims.
Duchy of Avram: "state of mind"
The descendant of Irish convicts and honest merchant, John Charlton Rudge in 1982, suddenly declared himself Grand Duke. And a modest house with a shop in Georgetown - Grand Duchy of Abram. Later he moved to the coast - in Strehen village. First of all it established its own national bank, began at home to print banknotes and mint coins of two denominations and bestow the most unthinkable titles himself and his subjects, who were mostly his relatives. He demanded that the buyers to purchase goods in his new shop was changed to Australian Dollars gertsogchiki (ducal) and Avramchik (avram). The government of the country of kangaroos nouveau-duchy had no taste, mainly due to the self-styled Bank. On the legal costs the government spent more than 20 million Australian dollars of this, however, the Grand Duke of Raj sued the same right to their own money. Apparently, it just all got on it and gave up. He also said that Abram - not the territory, and "state of mind". Perhaps that is why currently Duchy thousands of associated citizens around the world.
Urga: in the footsteps of Genghis Khan
Russian military officer, Baron Roman Fedorovich von Ungern-Sternberg after fighting with the Red Army in Dauria moved to the south-east, in Mongolia, languishing under Chinese rule. Took the holy city of Urga, breaking seven times superior army of China, freed the High Priest Bogd Gegen VIII and became a living idol for the Mongolian people. It bestowed the highest title Darkhan-hoshoy, but "folk" epithets were much more colorful: White Tibet Knight, Warrior Shambhala, God of War, He who does not take a bullet, etc. Baron declared himself a fighter against the rotten western world, deciding to finish.. then, on being stopped Genghis Khan. That is, build a great Mongol Empire from the Pacific Ocean to the Caspian Sea, combining Manchuria, Tibet, Mongolia and Shandong in the Middle Kingdom. It invented the country was dominated by the mystical laws and concepts of the XIII century, and of the most severe discipline. He also held health care reform, opened a military school and the national bank. However, the beginning of a campaign against the West and the Soviet Russia, Ungern, won several victories at first, was betrayed, captured and shot.