Liberty Commentary

Secession And A Place Called Snake Hill

by Marilyn Barnewall, DumpDC

A lot of people in America talk about secession, but few who talk the talk understand the complexities of walking the walk. It’s always good to find another who has led the way.

Secession and sovereignty are very serious steps. What needs to be done – and how – is clearly defined for those who want to do more than just bluster about it. No nation can live comfortably in isolation. Yet, without proper plans, citizens will be forced to live uncomfortably if their state declares Sovereignty. Isolation predicts failure – and chaos.

To those who think all it takes to secede is a decision and a signed piece of paper, you are wrong and you do yourself and your nation no good by over-simplifying the complex.

Before writing me emails about my using the words “live comfortably,” let me quickly say it is not used to connote sitting around, listening to cha-cha music while eating bon-bons. For purposes of this article, I define “comfortably” as a society that provides access to modern medical treatment, healthy food, interstate/international commerce, currency/financial organization, residential availability, and the Rule of Law – a stable society.

Anyone who supports the right to declare sovereignty and secede needs to understand if such a step is taken without proper preparation, failure is likely. One of the first questions to be answered is: What benefits does your state currently receive from the federal government? How will you replace those programs? Surely, you don’t expect a nation from which you secede to continue giving you access to its currency, its banking system, its medical technology, or the hundreds of other things available to Member States.

Has your state planned to take control of banking, currency, and credit? All are needed to achieve sovereignty. There are hundreds of things you will need: car license plates, driving licenses, mail delivery, medical care for the elderly, passports, highways and streets, schools, and the list goes on. Sovereignty is possible but requires preparation.

Perhaps secession hopefuls can learn from a small, faraway place, the Principality of Snake Hill. It is an independent Principality – yet is located on the Continent of Australia, about 45 miles from Sydney. It successfully seceded from the Commonwealth of Australia. A lighthouse showing the way in the dark is always good. In this case, the beam of light comes from the Mudgee Guardian, an Australian newspaper.

Reporter Darren Snyder wrote an interesting piece about Snake Hill last February 3rd. Snyder’s column, titled “A nation in our midst,” says: “Somewhere within the Mudgee region lies another nation with its own flag, coat of arms, parliament, passports, casino and shopping centre.“

Mudgee is neighbor to Snake Hill.

“The Principality of Snake Hill was founded in September 2003 after some then Australian residents decided to secede from the nation on the basis of an ill-fated land and income suit which was going to take away their every last dollar.

“According to Crown Princess Paula, daughter of Head of State Prince Paul and his wife Princess Helena, the nation achieves quite a bit for its size,” Snyder says.

In the article, Princess Paula describes how Snake Hill served as negotiator between two major countries for an oil treaty, explains how Snake Hill conducts trade and is looking to expand, is investigating the exportation of wine, has had dealings with the United Nations and World Trade Organization, and the Principality’s submission of applications to the International Olympic Committee for its soccer team. Her descriptions are purposeful. The Princess is letting people know that Snake Hill is doing the things a nation must do if it wants to be considered Sovereign.

“The Principality has certainly not sold themselves short in their Cabinet, with their United States Ambassador and Trade Commissioner being Lee E. Wanta – a man credited with helping bring down the old Soviet Union in 1990.” So says the Mudgee Guardian.

According to the article (which can be found HERE, the Principality of Snake Hill is “Approximately 900 metres above sea level and 1.6 square kilometers in size, the principality has almost 200 citizens who are formally engaged from around Australia and the world, including a consulate in a suburb of Sydney.”

Snake Hill declared itself Sovereign and became a Principality, notified the proper authorities of its Sovereignty, and complied with all international laws of sovereignty.

Following is an explanation of why Snake Hill felt compelled to secede. This information was sent to every politician and legislator throughout the Commonwealth of Australia, from Victoria to Tasmania, after sovereignty was declared. What happened to Prince Paul’s family in 2003 is happening to Americans in 2010.

Read the rest at this link.