Yesterday we visited the tiny Principality of Serboga. It is a village perched in the hills above the coastal town ofBordighera. It is close to the French/Italian border.
Apparently the deeds selling the old village to the Duchy of Piedmont-Sardinia were never properly registered leaving the village in an ambiguous situation. The village was overlooked in the Treaty of Vienna which redrew the map of Europe in 1815.
Naturally the Italian Government disputes the claim and the people of Serboga are sensible enough to allow Italy to maintain its roads and provide services. Nevertheless, upon Giorgio I’s death a new prince was elected to replace him and the flag still flies proudly above the Principality. It has an army. I missed him going up some steps but my wife and friends assured me he was in uniform. I posed in his sentry-box which I now fear may be taken as an attempt at coup d’etat.
We had a lovely day there.
Sovereign State since 954 AD, Principality since 1079, Own currency since about 1630, Mint since 1666.
Savoys’ private Protectorate 1729/1749-1798,1814-1946, never annexed nor annexable byItaly, Institutions refounded 1963/1995.
I’m thinking of setting up my own micro-nation in our apartment. I shall be Emperor and my wife Empress.