E1968 wrote:Long live the Republic of Rose Island! On a man-made platform in the Adriatic Sea, 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) off the coast of the province of Rimini in Italy, an Italian engineer by the name of Giorgi Rosa declares independence. His Republic, which has Esperanto as the official language, and publishes stamps, has a restaurant, bar, nightclub, souvenir shop and a post office, plus possibly a radio station. The Italian government has yet to take action, perhaps due to a general fearfulness of sudden new happenings, but theories regarding why the Republic of Rose Island exists spread across the country. Most people view it as an attempt at tax fraud and tourist incomes, whereas the neo-fascists of the Italian Social Movement decries it as a plot against NATO, under which Soviet nuclear submarines will get a new Adriatic Sea base, and some left-wing parliamentarians alleging it is in fact a right-wing attempt to destabilize a sensitive region, in regards to Albania and Yugoslavia. President Rosa has yet to comment.
President Giorgio Rosa
Republic of Rose Island
Buongiorno, ladies and gentlemen. The Republic of Rose Island (Respubliko de la Insulo de la Rozoj / Repubblica dell'Isola delle Rose) needs your help.
We, a sovereign, independent state in the Adriatic Sea, fear that the honourable police officers of the Italian Republic are aiming to destabilize or even overthrow our government. They are already infringing upon our territorial waters and our exclusive economic zone. Anyone who can aid us in preventing this will be rewarded.
We also seek diplomatic recognition from the countries of the world.