Hooray for Serboga

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.

In the 1960’s Giorgio Carbone began to promote the idea of Serboga’s independence and was elected Prince in 1963.  Serboga became one of the handful of micro-nations still in existence.

The image of Prince Giorgio I

The image of Prince Giorgio I (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.


About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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