patience please for the prince

Evangelist Glenn Wilbur Voliva was a disciple of John Alexander Dowie who, in the late 19th century, set up the township of Zion City on the shores of Lake Michigan. Dowie, who had denounced sex, oysters and life assurance, became the victim of a power struggle with Voliva who took over as Chief Administrator in 1905.

more erotic nature to be found here

He gained nationwide notoriety by his vigorous advocacy of flat earth doctrine. He offered a widely publicized $5000 challenge for anyone to disprove flat earth theory. Voliva also frequently predicted the end of the world: his predictions that the end would come in 1923, 1927, 1930, and 1935 were incorrect.

Still from Encounters at the End of the World found here

Lipstick, scanty clothes, high heels and swimming costumes were all strictly forbidden, as were cigarettes and alcohol. There were no theatres or cinemas and no butcher, chemist or doctor was allowed to practice within the city precincts. Nobody was allowed to whistle or sing or drive a vehicle in excess of 5 mph.

Angie Dickinson in scanty clothes and high heels found here

Transgressors were subject to arrest by Voliva’s Praetorian Guard, a regime whose helmets were inscribed with the word ‘Patience’ and who carried miniature bibles instead of truncheons. Punishment included a one hour lecture on sin.

World’s smallest Bible found here

Here in Australia we have our own independent sovereign state ruled by His Majesty Prince Leonard of Hutt.

The Principality of Hutt River was created in 1969 as a province in response to a dispute with the government over what the Casley family considered draconian wheat production quotas.

Prince Leonard found here

In correspondence with the governor-general’s office, Casley was inadvertently addressed as the “Administrator of the Hutt River Province” which, under the application of Royal Prerogative, makes this recognition binding on all courts. After the government threatened him with prosecution, Casley styled himself His Majesty Prince Leonard I of Hutt to take advantage of a law that a monarch could not only not be charged, but that anyone who interfered with his duties could be charged with treason.

image found here

n 1976, Australia Post refused to handle Hutt River mail, forcing mail to be redirected via Canada. Following repeated demands by the Australian Taxation Office for the payment of taxes, on 2 December 1977 the province officially declared war on Australia. Prince Leonard notified authorities of the cessation of hostilities several days later. The mail service was restored and tax requests ceased.

Canada Mail found here

The Principality of Hutt River is situated 517 km north of Perth. Exports include wildflowers, agricultural produce, stamps and coins. Tourism is also important to its economy with 40,000 tourists visiting the principality every year.

Order your Hutt River stamps here

Although actual residents are very few, the principality claims a world-wide citizenry of 13,000. The Principality has no standing army, but a number of its citizens have been awarded military commissions. Honorary guardsmen attend the prince on formal occasions, and despite being completely landlocked, naval commissions have been conferred on supporters of the principality.

Prince Leonard and Princess Shirley found here

Prince Leonard is married to Her Royal Highness Princess Shirley, by whom he has seven adult children. His son, Crown Prince Ian, who is the Prime Minister of the Principality, has been designated as Prince Leonard’s eventual successor as “heir presumptive”.

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  1. I think he’s the chap some people called Loony Lenny. But is he any sillier than some of the people who fill the benches in Canberra?

  2. Poor old Shirl, no high heels or scanty frocks for her either, it appears. Shame.

  3. I am attracted to a religion that bans sex, oysters and life insurance. When Lent comes around, it seems probable that one could give up NOT taking them….leading to wild orgies for which the insurance would be more than relevant.

  4. Vulval symbol! Yay!

  5. i’d much rather be punished with a truncheon than a lecture on sin… especially a truncheon properly wielded.

  6. All my life I’ve dreamed of receiving a naval commission, but have been stymied by my crippling fear of the sea. Sounds like a Hutt River naval commission could fulfill my dream.

  7. prince leonard still has to take out the garbage.

    • I don’t know about that bearman. He’s got seven children….. surely one of them could do garbage duties

  8. Aaaah a latter-day Passport to Pimlico

    • I’ve never seen that film. Was it good?

  9. Australia is full of self proclaimed monarchs, the place is just going to the dogs!

    We welcome scantily clad individuals in my kingdom btw

    The King

    • Not if their name begins with L

  10. I don’t ever remember Angie Dickinson being that young. Is she dead by now? I haven’t heard of her in decades.

    • She was gorgeous when she was young…. and those legs

  11. I thought the world did, in fact, end in 1935.

    • I believe you are right.

  12. Hehehe…
    Nurse Myra still thinks the earth is ROUND!
    *giggle snicker giggle*

  13. Where do I sign up for Sin 101?

    • At my clinic. Thursdays at 1:00 pm. Dress left.

  14. We have one as well…

    • Oh great story, thanks Nick.

  15. So does the Principality have a strict social code along Zion City lines or is it the sort of place where anything goes as long as you have due respect for Prince Leonard?

  16. Yikes Zion City sounded like a Puritan theme park!

  17. I love this story – and the robes, the robes how wonderful

  18. Great stories! I wonder why he outlawed whistling. He should have just outlawed bad whistling. (My whistling is mostly spit with a little bit of muted sound if I’m lucky.)

  19. I completely love that picture of Princess Shirley. She looks and dresses just like my Nana (also from Western Australia). No wonder I turned out royal. God bless her.

  20. I wonder how one could go about getting an error of that sort made… I’d quite like to be my own sovereign nation. 🙂

  21. I wonder if Prince Leonard uses his “Droit De Seigneur” with the local debutantes? (Although at least it would give HRH Shirley a break.)

  22. I’ve often thought about forming my own country. I’m afraid that no one would be threatened with beating with Bible there, though.

  23. Entirely off the point, following your brilliant Barcelona tip, can you recommend anywhere to stay in Seville and/or Granada? No rush – going in May/June

    • I’ve emailed you

  24. That’s one hell of an outfit.

  25. That’s it. I’m going to be a fucking princess. I’ve never wanted to be a princess before, but now? I want it. I want to become a princess by a verbal slip and lawful mistakes. DAMMIT.

    • Princess of what? you make the decision and daisyfae will make the lawful mistake. Dolce and I are in charge of verbal slips.

  26. Okay, now walk me through that tax thing. If I become one of the non-resident residents–a sort of principality ex-pat–is there a tax break over what we pay in the States? Because we’re in tax preparation mode here and, at this time of year, it never fails that I start to consider desperate measures.

    • Hmmmm…. I think you need to address that question to Prince Leonard

  27. I would like to make a Coffee Table Book of Gimcrack I would

    • I would like that too. My birthday is August 25.

  28. Being the Wombat King, I respect Prince Leonard and his kingdom, but why is he a prince and not a king?

    • I don’t know. I’d take The King over a Prince any day.

  29. A lecture on sin by the polis? That’s like discussing a vegetarian recipe with Hannibal Lecter. It’s never gonnae happen.

    I’ll take the truncheons…

    • I believe daisyfae is interested in YOUR truncheon Jimmy

  30. Angie Dickinson was a babe…

  31. That oyster sure looks like a clam.

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