Jul 10, 2014

Maharishi and the Global Country of World Peace Efforts to obtain sovereignty

Excerpt from "Global Country of World Peace"

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The Maharishi and the Global Country of World Peace have approached small, impoverished nations about purchasing or leasing land to create a sovereign nation. In 2001, it was reported that the Transcendental Meditation Movement had been trying unsuccessfully for years to make such arrangements in Africa, Asia, and South America.[1]

Starting in November 2000, the GCWP began making overtures to the President of Suriname regarding the lease of rural land to create a sovereign nation. It offered $1.3 billion over three years for a 200-year lease, plus 1 percent of the country's money annually, and the creation of 10,000 jobs.[1][2]

The UNHCR reported that, in July 2001, the island nation of Tuvalu rejected, after serious consideration, a proposal from the movement to create a "Vatican like sovereign city-state" near the international airport in exchange for a payment of $2 million a year.[3]

In 2002, the TM organization made an offer to the tiny Pacific island of Rota. 

The island, north of Guam, is part of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a protectorate of the United States. The people of Rota were offered the construction of great gardens, a peace university, and as much as a billion dollars worth of investments, if they agreed to grant Raja Nader Raam sovereignty over a portion of the island, which would have required Rota to secede from the Commonwealth. Preferring to stay in the U.S.-affiliated Commonwealth, the islanders turned down the offer.[7][4]

An attempt in Costa Rica resulted in the expulsion of Emmanuel Schiffgens and other officials of the GCWP offered $250 a month to each family in the Talamanca reservation, 140 miles (230 km) south of the capital, San José, for the right to appoint a king. On June 23, 2002, a ceremony was held on the Talamanca reservation to appoint a TM-chosen Indian as the reservation's first king.[5] 

The community balked and asked the Costa Rican government to step in. The government ordered the TM representatives to leave the country. "It was obvious that they were promoting an independent state within Costa Rica, and we can't tolerate that", said Costa Rica's security minister Rogelio Ramos.[6]

1-McGirk, Jan (June 8, 2001). The Independent (London (UK)): p. 17.
2-"Mystic's followers want own country". CNN. June 6, 2001. 
3-"Freedom in the World – Tuvalu (2002)". UNHCR. 18 December 2001. http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/country,,,,TUV,45b632e02,473c53fbc,0.html.
4-"Rota islanders make the right decision". Honolulu Advertiser. April 13, 2002. 
5-"Costa Rica: Secta divide a indígenas" (in Spanish). La Fogata. July 24, 2002. http://www.lafogata.org/02latino/6latinoamerica/indigenas.htm.
6 "Costa Rica expels foreigners for naming king of remote Indian reservation". AP World Politics. July 18, 2002. http://groups.google.com/group/alt.meditation.transcendental/msg/ac69445750efc3a2.
Retrieved January 11, 2010.
7 Koppel, Lily (October 8, 2006). "Outer Peace". New York Times: p. 24. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/08/magazine/08wwln_essay.html?_r=2&oref=slogin.