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Australia - 2005-05-30 - Hutt River Province Principality - Meeting the Prince & Seeing the Kingdom

After the time spent in Geraldton getting things sorted out we decided to leave the country. Yep we left Australia & went to Hutt River Province Principality. On April 21, 1970 Len Casley, who had been disgusted with government quotas, seceded from the Commonwealth of Australia creating the Australia's second largest country. His Royal Highness Prince Leonard & Princess Shirley are monarchs over the land & are the only country without bloodshed. They declared war on the country of Australia & a few days later declared victory without a shot being fired. He has his own currency (tied directly to the Australian dollar), stamps, church, post office, country seal, passport & you get a visa stamp on entry & on exit. It is all done in a very efficient manner & he takes it seriously, in a fun way. He has land equal in size to the country of Singapore, but a much smaller GDP :) As a Prince he has knighted people who have helped him with things & has about 8 residents. He is quite a smart guy & it was cool to meet him. When we first go there we were with the prince alone & he showed us around. There is currency from all over the world. He has a lot of important people he knows & ambassadors all over the world (you just can't make this stuff up). He had a passport machine that shows special hidden marking which he uses to show you special things about your country (the same customs agents use at the Australia border) & he even showed us how to check that our currency was real. He also told us that the reason people shake with their right hand is because that was the side the sword was on in old times & extending that hand was the non-threatening way of meeting. The government has tried unsuccessfully to make him come back to the government, but he is there to stay. They did close the loophole he used (he was a lawyer), so this is the only other country there is in Australia. It was a really great stop & the Prince was a rather unique guy.

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Larger Version - 01 - Crossing the Border
01 - Crossing the Border
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Larger Version - 02 - Road to Country
02 - Road to Country
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Larger Version - 03 - Road to Country
03 - Road to Country
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Larger Version - 04 - International Currency
04 - International Currency
5/6/07 3:20 PM, 375 KB

Larger Version - 05 - Hutt River Curreny
05 - Hutt River Currency
5/6/07 3:20 PM, 351 KB

Larger Version - 06 - Hutt River Stamps
06 - Hutt River Stamps
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Larger Version - 06
06
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Larger Version - 07 - Meeting the Royalty
07 - Meeting the Royalty
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Larger Version - 08 - Sayoko with Her New Money at Post Office
08 - Sayoko with Her New Money at Post Office
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Larger Version - 09 - Sayoko with Her New Money at Post Office
09 - Sayoko with Her New Money at Post Office
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Larger Version - 10 - Brock at Post Office with Hutt River Currency
10 - Brock at Post Office with Hutt River Currency
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Larger Version - 11 - Royal Cloak
11 - Royal Cloak
5/6/07 3:22 PM, 438 KB

Larger Version - 12 - The Royal Handshake
12 - The Royal Handshake
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Larger Version - 13 - Sayoko & Brock in the Kings Chair
13 - Sayoko & Brock in the Kings Chair
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Larger Version - 14 - Brock in the Kings Chair
14 - Brock in the Kings Chair
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Larger Version - 15 - Brock in the Kings Chair
15 - Brock in the Kings Chair
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Larger Version - 16 - Kings Chair
16 - Kings Chair
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Larger Version - 17 - Church
17 - Church
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Larger Version - 18 - Church
18 - Church
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Larger Version - 19 - Church
19 - Church
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Larger Version - 20 - The King in Wood
20 - The King in Wood
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Larger Version - 21
21
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Larger Version - 22 - Honors
22 - Honors
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Larger Version - 23 - US Flag
23 - US Flag
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Larger Version - 24 - Other American Flags
24 - Other American Flags
5/6/07 3:24 PM, 408 KB

Larger Version - 25 - Awards
25 - Awards
5/6/07 3:24 PM, 329 KB


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