Secret Paradise for Gun Rights and Residency
by Simon Black: Sentiment
vs. Reality: Total Disconnect
High up above Scandinavia about 75 degrees north latitude is an
obscure archipelago that few people in the world know about, and
even fewer have been to.
Its called Svalbard, population ~3,000. And while the islands
are technically part of Norway, they come with some incredibly unique
benefits that Ill explain in a moment.
For centuries, Svalbard was completely lawless, devoid of any government
authority. It attracted whalers, hunters, merchants, and fishermen
from all over the world the UK, Russia, France, Netherlands,
North America, and Scandinavia.
Amazingly enough, they were all able to co-exist for hundreds of
years without a sovereign authority or central government telling
them what to do or how they could live.
Of course, it all got screwed up eventually. In time as word got
out about Svalbard, a number of countries tried to claim the islands.
Peace turned to conflict very quickly.
Various nations began sending their navies to fight other navies.
It was absurd. When they discovered substantial coal deposits, even
more conflict ensued.
Svalbards fate was ultimately decided because of World War
I. The utter devastation that was wracked across Europe led many
war-weary politicians to consider a compromise.
Obviously the option of simply pulling out of Svalbard and letting
the islands go back to being governmentless was off the table. So
in 1920, a group of 14 nations got together and signed the Spitsbergen
Treaty, effectively awarding Svalbard to Norway.
Over time, over forty nations (including the US, Canada, Japan,
Australia, New Zealand, India, and most of Europe) became party
to the treaty, recognizing Norways authority over the territory.
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