June 23, 2008

Forvik Citizenship – Apply Now!

The Island of Forvik is now accepting applications for citizenship. Qualifications? Apparently all you have to do is pony up one Forvik Gulde (approx. £60 pounds sterling). Never heard of Forvik? It's a small island off Scotland owned by Stuart Hill, who recently declared independence from the UK. Mr. Hill (who also happens to be Forvik's only resident) wants the island to be a crown dependency ala the Chanel Islands or the Island of Man.

If the idea of being king of your own country, however small, appeals to you, you've got to admire Hill's moxie. But maybe we should wait till we learn more about Forvik's backcountry skiing opportunities before sending over the cash for citizenship. Meanwhile, I'm going to have to look into getting my own island...or maybe I'll just declare my block in West L.A. an independent territory...

Andy Lewicky

ANDY LEWICKY is a Los Angeles-based writer and photographer who enjoys good books, jasmine tea, long walks in the rain, and climbing and skiing the big peaks of the California Sierra. email | follow

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