(en) Waveland - World's Newest Nation?

Lyn Gerry (redlyn@loop.com)
Fri, 20 Jun 1997 13:59:59 +0000

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LONDON, England, June 15, 1997 (ENS) - This morning as the sun rose over the Atlantic Frontier about 300 miles east of Scotland in the Atlantic Ocean, a new flag was raised over a miniscule chunk of rock by three Greenpeace activists, from three different countries, Peter, Meike and Al, They have declared the British island Rockall to be the world's newest independent country - Waveland.

The flag of Waveland was today also raised over the entrance of Greenpeace UK's headquarters in Canonbury Villas, London.

Last week Greenpeace took possession of the tiny island. It has one flat ledge less than 70 feet above sea level and is only 14 feet long by 8 feet wide. Greenpeace is calling Rockall the capital of the new mini-country.

Rockall is surrounded by an oil-rich ocean bottom, with four nations vying for the rights to explore and extract the oil. Greenpeace objects to any further exploitation of petroleum resources because of the danger of global warming. A sovereign nation on an ocean has the right to extend a 12 mile exclusion zone around its territory. Greenpeace would not permit exploration for oil within 12 miles of Waveland.

The flag of the Global State of Waveland was raised on the rock this morning by the three activists who are living there in a Solar Survival Capsule. Peter said, "We reject the governance of a country which permits new oil exploration despite professed concern for the climate. Waveland is a new kind of country designed to protect the global commons rather than to exploit it. We hope this is the start of a peaceful revolution. Waveland expresses every person's right to oust destructive governance and replace it with a new one, to put the climate before profits from oil."

Waveland's aims, principles, purposes and basic policies are set out in a Declaration which draws on the United States Declaration of Independence, Agenda 21 and other documents.

Waveland follows a long political tradition of establishing campaigning countries, Greenpeace said in the Declaration which continued, "Formal contact with other Governments and administrative matters will be dealt with in due course. Waveland is a new kind of country, it rejects the Sovereign right of other countries to abuse nature and the global commons, not the overall sovereignty of nation states."

The declaration said, "Present power and past use of nature confers a proportionate responsibility to act in its (the environment's) defence and restitution; and that whenever any form of economy becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government."

Citizenship of Waveland was immediately offered to anyone prepared to take the pledge. "Without violence and by bearing witness, to defend nature, to protect the global commons, to reform industrialism, and to secure peace, believing in action, rather than words."

Stressing that Greenpeace did not want to own Rockall, Greenpeace deputy executive director Chris Rose said, "Four nations want the oil around Rockall, we do not recognise their right to develop it. We have told (British Prime Minister) Tony Blair that we don't want Rockall itself but that the oil should be set aside for the common good. We are borrowing it until it is freed from the threat of development."

Speaking from Rockall, Peter said, "There is another way to manage the earth's resources - it is for the common good. Waveland gives people who share that conviction a means of demonstrating it and of joining the campaign to achieve it. For these purposes, we no longer recognise the jurisdiction of the British Government, or any other Government over this territory and we call on our citizens to support our commitment to its protection."

People applying for citizenship can call +44-800-269-065 or visit the Greenpeace internet site at http://www/greenpeace.org.uk

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