Monday, February 19, 2007


If you're thinking that our democracy has become just a bit removed from real life, consider joining the democratic nation of Vorovoro. For $230 a year (think of it as taxes) you can become an official Vorovoran and spend time (the exact amount still being voted on) relaxing in the middle of no where (currently without any facilities whatsoever). The island, located near Fiji (which is located near Australia, in case you're wondering), is being leased by a Mali tribe to a couple of Brits who are hoping to establish an eco-friendly commune, complete with direct representation and voting rights for every resident. However, unlike what we usually might associate with tribes, their website ( has a blog, wiki, and running chat. Hmmm. Doesn't sound like any tribe I've ever heard of.

This experiment is, of course, fascination on many levels. On the democracy front, it will be interesting to see how quickly to Vorovorans become tired of having to vote on every little thing (shall we have compost toilets or pit toilets? what thread count shall the linens be in the communal living area?). OK, these may be a little esoteric, but you get the point. It's the reason why the US decided to go with a representational democracy in the first place...

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