View previous topic | View next topic

Forvik

Page 1 of 1

CB27
366826.  Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:17 am Reply with quote

I suppose we should include Forvik now it has claimed independence as of 21st June 2008.

Some ramblings from the owner on this website:

http://shetlandconversation.squarespace.com/forvik/

The gist of it is that Stuart Hill is jumping on the bandwagon of hating the Government - just see this little snippet: "I also invite anyone from any country in the world, who supports these aims, namely to become free of liars, thieves and tyrants in government, to become a citizen of Forvik"

Mr Hill owns this 2.5 acre island and is claiming he no longer recognises the Government or the EU. He goes on to cite a marriage dowry for King James III in the 15th century, making it a crown dependency.

Wait till he runs out of Persil...

 
Starfish13
367822.  Tue Jun 24, 2008 4:13 pm Reply with quote

Apparently the first thing he did on declaring independence was to apply for planning permission to build a shelter from wood and tarpaulins. There's a king for you.

 
Sadurian Mike
367866.  Tue Jun 24, 2008 5:12 pm Reply with quote

Starfish13 wrote:
Apparently the first thing he did on declaring independence was to apply for planning permission to build a shelter from wood and tarpaulins. There's a king for you.

But did he have shit all over him?

 
suze
367867.  Tue Jun 24, 2008 5:13 pm Reply with quote

Now this is actually rather interesting.

What His Excellency the Acting Steward of Forvik (or "Stuart", as he prefers to be called) has done is in fact not to declare independence.

His claim is that Shetland is not and has never been a legitimate part of Scotland and hence of the United Kingdom and EU. Rather, it is held by the King of Scotland in default of a debt of the King of Norway.

Norway's daughter married the Scottish king and was unable to pay the agreed dowry. Accordingly, James III of Scotland took possession of Shetland until such time as the debt was settled - which it hasn't been, although it must be said that Norway has made several attempts to do so. The consideration is to be 8,000 Rhenish guilders, or - since those are not an easily negotiable currency these days - agreed alternatives in gold or silver.

The Act for annexation of Orknay & Zetland to the Crown 1669 makes it clear that Shetland is answerable directly to the Crown, not to Parliament - which would make its status comparable to that of Guernsey or the Isle of Man.

The question, therefore, is whether that Act is still in force - Stuart claims that it is, but it doesn't come up on the UK Statute Law Database. All the same, there has been some legal opinion which has determined that the matter is at least arguable.


Also note that there appears to be some doubt as to whether Stuart even owns Forvik, or Forewick Holm as it is also known. This website purports to represent two brothers in Cape Verde who also claim title to the island, and claim that Capeverdean troops are already on their way to retake it by force.

 
CB27
368028.  Wed Jun 25, 2008 5:03 am Reply with quote

It's just getting sillier by the day :)

 
Starfish13
368747.  Thu Jun 26, 2008 6:38 am Reply with quote

http://shetlopedia.com/Forvik_Island

Information on Forvik from the reknowned reference source, Shetlopedia.

 

Page 1 of 1

All times are GMT - 5 Hours


Display posts from previous:   

Search Search Forums

Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2002 phpBB Group