REPORT TO THE NATION:
THE CONCH REPUBLIC VISITS THE HOMELAND
Secretary General - Sir Peter Anderson
The Permanent Secretary to the Foreign Minister of
the Government of the Bahamas received us in the State receiving room at
the Foreign Ministry on East Hill Street in Nassau. Sitting on the every
edge of Queen Anne chairs we were sure no one had leaned back in over two
hundred years, we presented our credentials.
As we proceeded to the body of the meeting, the Secretaryís first question
concerned our goals as a nation, what did we hope to accomplish? Having
never given this question a moments thought, we paused, but the Muse did
"Madam, the only anti-gravity device yet invented on this planet is
levity. The world is in sore need of levity, so it our function as the
Conch Republic to be the Joker in the Deck...you may not always wish to
play with us, Madam, but we must be there, or youíre not playing with a
When the Secretary regained her composure, she asked about taxes, did
we have taxes in the Conch Republic?
"No, Madam, we donít believe in taxes for the Conch Republic. When we
need to raise money we throw a party."
As the meeting progressed two things began to characterize the discussion.
The Secretary would either exclaim, "That is very amusing, but youíre serious,
arenít you?" or, "Youíre actually serious; but it is so amusing!" The Joker
Out of that meeting grew our first articulated Foreign Policy, which
remains to this day:"The Mitigation of World Tension through the Exercise
In 1993, the Conch Republic had existed without an official passport
for about six years. The last one that had been printed was kind of tricky
with things like Sex YES , check box if Keys Diseased, check box if traveling
with mistress, secretary, "niece" or "nephew", and other stuff that was
difficult to explain to an immigration officer. A new passport was in order.
One that had "the look and feel" of the real thing.
In December they were ready, red diplomatic passports, and beautiful
blue citizen passports. Over the next several years, Captain Rollings and
the Secretary General made annual and sometimes bi-annual Diplomatic Missions
to the Caribbean aboard the good ship CRNS NEPENTHE. Traveling solely on
a Conch Republic Diplomatic Passport, the Secretary has been received by
thirteen Caribbean countries and the United States.
We have had citizens and diplomats received by Sweden, Russia, France,
Spain, Monaco, Ireland, Mexico, Ecuador, the United States, and many other
countries. We have opened Conch-sulates in Switzerland, Germany, Austria,
New Orleans, Ohio, Maine, Atlanta, and have more coming on line all the
Besides the diplomatic missions to the Caribbean, and our annual Conch
Republic Independence Celebration (which became a Ten Day Event with the
"Ten Days of the Tenth" 1992 10th anniversary celebration) things were
kind of quiet for the Conch Republic until March of 1994 when President
Clinton announced the Summit of the Americas to be held in December in
The following is the Report to the Nation on this Historic Meeting:
Summit Of The Americas