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On 15 June 1972, the following Tongan government gazette was published:
His Majesty King Taufaʻahau Tupou IV in Council DOES HEREBY PROCLAIM:-
WHEREAS the Reefs known as North Minerva Reef and South Minerva Reef have long served as fishing grounds for the Tongan people and have long been regarded as belonging to the Kingdom of Tonga has now created on these Reefs islands known as Teleki Tokelau and Teleki Tonga; AND WHEREAS it is expedient that we should now confirm the rights of the Kingdom of Tonga to these islands; THEREFORE we do hereby AFFIRM and PROCLAIM that the islands, rocks, reefs, foreshores and waters lying within a radius of twelve miles [19.31 km] thereof are part of our Kingdom of Tonga.
Landing on Minerva, years after the confrontation.
More people walking on Minerva.
A Tongan expedition was sent to enforce the claim. The Republic of Minerva flag was lowered. Tonga’s claim was recognized by the South Pacific Forum in September 1972. Meanwhile, Provisional President Davis was fired by founder Michael Oliver and the project collapsed in confusion. Nevertheless, Minerva was referred to in O. T. Nelson's post-apocalyptic children's novel The Girl Who Owned a City, published in 1975, as an example of an invented utopia that the book's protagonists could try to emulate.
In 1982, a group of Americans led again by Morris C. “Bud” Davis tried to occupy the reefs, but were forced off by Tongan troops after three weeks. In recent years several groups have allegedly sought to re-establish Minerva. No claimant group has to date made any attempt to take possession of the Minerva Reefs territory.
Originally posted by endisnighe
reply to post by ProjectJimmy
Well I am glad that jimmy has decided to help out us people that are Libertarian minded.
Sorry to say though, Libertarians created a great country once along with the greatest Libertarian Political Document ever created.
This country that was created by the very ideals you so flippantly tell us exists in Estonia or Dubai is not some backasswards country.
The document gave certain steps to take in case tyranny prevailed. It laid out the steps to take in order to address the problems that inevitably be created by fear mongers and power hungry sociopaths.
The first steps have been taken. The grievances have been laid on the table. The redress has not been given. The next steps are now being implemented by the government, further implementation of tyrannical endeavors.
It is almost as if history is repeating itself.
What happened the last time? That repeat of history will be the same.