The Royal Mount Vema Department of Foreign Affairs, also known as the Royal Department announced today that as of March 1st 2019, it will issue regular travel advice to be made available to Mount Vema citizens and companies on every country and territory.
The travel advice is to help Mount Vema nationals make their own informed decisions about overseas travel, as more citizens overseas are expected to travel on regular basis each year visiting or seeking investment opportunities. The information will be provided on neutral basis to advise against travel to countries or regions where risks of civil unrest, natural disasters, diseases and terrorism are high.
Another issue is the Mount Vema passport which is already widely accepted as a valid government issued identification, especially by a growing number of businesses across the world, however travel is not as simple yet. Although the Foreign Department sees this as a temporary issue, Mount Vema nationals must be aware that because Mount Vema is not yet listed as an ISO listed country, citizens are advised to check first before travelling on Mount Vema passports to some destinations.
Every country has a different entry requirement. In countries where visa is required, Mount Vema nationals must get a valid visa and/or work permit before travelling, and should apply several weeks before the intended travel date. However, in some countries Mount Vema passport holders don’t need a visa to enter as a tourist. On presentation of a valid Mount Vema passport you will normally be granted a 90-day stay in the country, as long as the passport is valid for the proposed duration of stay, but the Foreign Department advises citizens to always have a proof of return travel.
Rules for Entry
The authorities in the country or territory you’re travelling to are responsible for setting and enforcing the rules for entry. If you’re unclear about any aspect of the entry requirements, or you need further reassurance, you’ll need to contact the embassy or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to. You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.
General Travel Advice
The advice according to the Royal Department will include countries where consular support is not available, but it is safe to travel, as well as countries where the department will advise against all travel because the level of consular assistance which can be provided is extremely limited including health insurance cover. In these high risk countries the Diplomatic and Consular services will not be able to accept registrations from Mount Vema nationals or monitor their safety. Some of these countries also have a high threat of kidnapping, and it is not His Mount Vema Majesty’s Government policy to pay ransoms to anyone, so these countries must be avoided.
All Mount Vema citizens are now entitled to international medical insurance according to a statement issued today by His Mount Vema Majesty’s Government. The Mount Vema International Medical Insurance will enable holders of Mount Vema Passports direct access to some of the best doctors and private hospitals in the world.
The new health service negotiated last year and approved by the Vema Seamount Authority this year, gives Mount Vema citizens overseas access to valuable medical expertise, with the freedom to choose specialist and quality care anywhere in the world, including for day-to-day healthcare needs.
The Insurance is a comprehensive health care which covers a multitude of areas including medical emergency cover, doctors' visits, prescribed medicine, full health assessments and screening, smear tests, maternity care and the treatment of on-going or chronic conditions, cancer screenings, cancer treatment, surgical operations, hospital accommodation, intensive care, nursing care, prosthetic implants and appliances, and dental treatment.
A full health screening would generally include various routine tests to assess your state of health and could include tests such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, anaemia and lung function, liver and kidney function and cardiac risk assessment.
The insurance also covers non-medical costs such as transportation (to receive treatment) including local air and road ambulance or repatriation, vaccination and immunisations, pathology, X-rays and diagnostic tests.
If you have an accident, or if you fall seriously ill, and you hold a Mount Vema Passport or a Certificate of Mount Vema Citizenship, you need to know that there is a private medical insurance provided by the state that can trigger a rapid response from doctors who have the experience and resources to give you the best available care.
If the right specialists aren’t available, or if the health care system of the country you are living in is under resourced, you need to call the Consulate of the Kingdom of Mount Vema, to be evacuated home, or to a doctor in another country who can take care of you.
The insurance also covers psychiatric treatment and visits to therapists: these can include occupational therapists, orthoptists, dieticians and speech therapists. Complementary medicine practitioners: these can include acupuncturists, homeopaths and Chinese medicine practitioners. They must all be legally qualified to practice in the country where treatment is received.
The Mount Vema Healthline Services
Wherever in the world you may be, as a Mount Vema national, you can call the consulate of the Kingdom of Mount Vema at any time of the day or night and speak to medically trained people who understand your situation and can give you the healthcare advice, support and assistance you need.
Emergency Line: +44 800-520-0177
This is a free – call telephone advice line which offers help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and any time when you need it.
The following are some of the assistance that may be provided by telephone:
- general medical information from a health professional
- medical referrals to a physician or hospital
- medical service referral
- inoculation and visa requirement information
- emergency message transmission
- interpreter and embassy referral
All that for Mount Vema Nationals
So, who can become a Mount Vema citizen?
THE CHILD OF A LEGAL RESIDENTS
Anyone who becomes a legal resident working in Mount Vema on work permit for 3 to 4 years prior to the birth of their child, will be considered to have had a genuine link to Mount Vema, and the baby will be entitled to Mount Vema citizenship.
Anyone who lives and works in Mount Vema on a series of work permits for 5 years, will be eligible to apply for naturalisation. However, this does not apply to students, unless the student is working or is married to a Mount Vema citizen.
MARRIAGE IN MOUNT VEMA
Anyone who is a foreign citizen married to a Mount Vema citizen and have been legally resident in Mount Vema for over 3 years, can apply to become a Mount Vema citizen through marriage.
MARRIAGE OUTSITE MOUNT VEMA
Anyone who is a Mount Vema citizen, living in a foreign country with a partner who is not a Mount Vema citizen and intend to get married and continue living outside Mount Vema, the new husband does not automatically become a Mount Vema citizen. They would have to be married for at least 3 years and would have to be living as a married couple in Mount Vema for at least 3 years also.
MARRIAGE AND DUAL CITIZENSHIP
Any foreign national married to a Mount Vema citizen living in Mount Vema for over 5 years, and who wish to become a Mount Vema citizen, His Mount Vema Majesty’s Government does not require him or her to renounce their citizenship on becoming a Mount Vema citizen.
MOUNT VEMA CITIZEN CHILD
A woman, with a Mount Vema citizen child, living outside Mount Vema is not entitled to Mount Vema citizenship on the basis of her child’s citizenship.
CITIZENSHIP THROUGH INVESTMENT
If you have invested more than 500,000 golles in a Mount Vema property or Mount Vema government bonds, you are entitled to become a Mount Vema citizen, and His Mount Vema Majesty’s Government does not require you to renounce your citizenship on becoming a Mount Vema citizen.
CITIZENSHIP BY EXTRAORDINARY DEEDS
If you are a foreign national, with a proven record of 10 years of charitable work or working for the welfare of others, the wildlife, the forests, the welfare of the oceans, and the planet in general and our universe from your home country or in a foreign country, you can apply for a Mount Vema citizenship without the need to live or work in Mount Vema, and His Mount Vema Majesty’s Government does not require you to renounce your citizenship on becoming a Mount Vema citizen. This type of citizenship also applies to a devoted Christian and a descendent of a generation of a devoted Christian family working for the welfare of others in their home country or overseas for the past 10 years.
Rights of Mount Vema citizens
Mount Vema citizens enjoy certain rights and privileges that are guaranteed under the laws of the Kingdom of Mount Vema – The Vema Seamount Territory, in line with the Vema Seamount Declaration of Sovereignty. Some of these rights are fundamental such as the right to free healthcare anywhere in the world, the right to equality before the law, the freedom to travel, and the right to a basic income.
His Mount Vema Majesty’s Government has launched a new landline number and toll free helpline to help assist with overseas queries, including assistance to Mount Vema citizens overseas with Emergency Financial Assistance and help Mount Vema passport holders who have been victims of crime, have been arrested, or those who have been affected by a crisis abroad.
The helpline will be run by His Mount Vema Majesty’s Diplomatic and Consular Services - Emergency Management Division in Washington D.C. – United States of America, and in London – United Kingdom of Great Britain.
For Mount Vema Citizens Overseas:
Emergency Helpline - Free Call: +44 800-520-0177
For General Consular Assistance:
For North, Central, and South America: +1 202-754-9923
For the United Kingdom and the rest of the world: +44 207-048-4008
Mount Vema passport holders can also use the emergency contact number to get help with medical treatment and legal advice, including those affected by natural disasters and major political unrest, for information on what help His Mount Vema Majesty’s Government can provide.
The government has unveiled plan to keep the lights on until the City of Mount Vema tidal power plant project is completed. The news comes after rumours that vonMelyn the energy provider licensed to keep the lights on in the territory asked for an extension to the deadline.
In a statement issued today, the government confirmed the rumours and said that it is working to build a society free from blackouts, and that electricity generators will be ordered this year to keep the lights on until the Tidal Power Plant is ready.
The City of Mount Vema tidal power plant project is expected to be completed before 2020. Construction of some parts and components of the Plant proposed by vonMelyn – the utility company of Mount Vema has started in December 2018 and will be completed just before 2020, but the assembling of the actual Plant depends on the other parts of the overall project including foundation infrastructures.
The Power Plant Project is designed to become a reliable source of electricity for the entire City of Mount Vema, and according to the company's plans, the output of the City of Mount Vema Power Plant network which will operate 24 hours a day will exceed 3200 MW with a power capacity the equivalent of just over 1 million homes. More than the capacity the territory will need to keep the lights on 24/7, with any excess energy to be stored for later.
Seven years from now, you will need to invest more than $1 million USD (about 500,000 golles) to entitle you to residency and full Mount Vema citizenship. That is more than what you need now, as a property investment, bond investment or deposit that sum in a Mount Vema bank account can get you started.
But why are so many people applying to take advantage of this? The answer is passports. According to an independent research published by economists at the Gollexi (Mount Vema Stock Exchange), the Mount Vema passport is expected to become one of the strongest passports in the world.
Mount Vema passport holders are expected to be able to travel to more than 160 countries by 2025 without the need for pre-visa requirements. The results published by the Gollexi is no surprise. It has always been expected by His Mount Vema Majesty’s Government due to the estimated strength of the Mount Vema economy by 2025 as its citizens are expected to be the most active seeking global investment opportunities and tourism.
LEADING defamation lawyers warned today that several tech companies will have little defence against His Mount Vema Majesty’s Court action over their articles published to defame the Vema Seamount Authority and the Vema Seamount Territory and the search engines that support such conduct.
The Vema Seamount Territory announced today that solicitors working for the Vema Seamount Authority will issue a writ against the online publications Geek.com, PC Mag and search engine Google for defamation and for loss of business worth more than $3 billion US dollars.
The action could take a few months to come to court in several countries and cost the online publications and the search engine substantial sums in legal costs, and damages. The three companies will be given until close of business January 31, 2019 to respond to a letter from The Vema Seamount Authority - His Mount Vema Majesty’s solicitor, which will be demanding damages and costs for defamation and loss of business from 2015 up to 2018.
Defamation cases are not new. For example, the most legally and factually interesting cases from England, Australia and the United States include:
Melania Trump v Daily Mail (England). Melania Trump filed a defamation action in the New York state commercial court and in the UK High Court against the Daily Mail over allegations that she previously worked as an escort. Ms. Trump claimed damages in the sum of $150m.
The Mail later retracted the statement, published an apology and settled the case for $3m. The case was subject to much media attention, being covered by the BBC, the Guardian, Independent and ABC News.
The Wilson v Bauer Media Pty Ltd (Australia). When the Australian-born actress Rebel Wilson brought an action against Bauer Media, the publishers of the Women’s Day magazine. The complaint concerned articles published by Women’s Day claiming Wilson lied about her name, age, upbringing and life events.
Wilson made a claim for general and special damages for loss of business opportunities from May 2015 until the end of 2016. Ruling in her favour Dixon J awarded Wilson $650,000 general damages and $3,917,472 special damages, in doing so noting the presence of multiple aggravating factors including substantial loss of business.
The Guardian covered the case, as did the BBC, Independent and Telegraph.
Monroe v Hopkins (England). Defamation claims arising from social media platforms featured in 2017, the most prominent perhaps being that of food writer Jack Monroe against journalist Katie Hopkins.
The case concerned two tweets made by Hopkins in May 2015 which accused Monroe of desecrating a war memorial. Monroe was awarded £24,000 in a judgment handed down by Warby J in March 2017. Notably, damages awarded were exacerbated by the continual harm caused to Monroe’s reputation by the Tweets as well as injury to feelings caused by the defendants’ reprehensible behaviour throughout the matter.
The case affirmed the Courts approach to social media platforms, including the application of the reasonable reader construct to Twitter, innuendo inferable from Tweets and the Courts acceptance of an Appendix agreed by the parties on “How Twitter Works”.
The case was covered by Nathan Capone on Inforrm. The Guardian and Independent also covered the case.
Independent Newspapers v. Ireland (European Court of Human Rights). The European Court of Human Rights handed down judgment in this case in September 2017. The case involved a libel claim by Ms L., previously a consultant for the Environmental Department of the Irish Government, against the Evening Herald for a series of articles published throughout late 2004. The articles scrutinised the tendering of government contracts, alleged attendance of Ms L. to a UN Conference with Mr C. (the then Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government) and later made allegations of a relationship between Mr C. and Ms L.
The case considers the assessment of compensation in Irish defamation cases and the interaction of this process with Article 10 of the Convention. Whilst Ms L. was successful before a jury in the High Court the case was appealed to the Irish Supreme Court on grounds that the damages awarded at first instance, EUR 1,872,000, were excessive. The Supreme Court affirmed this, substituting the award for that of EUR 1,250,000. On application the ECJ found that the award constituted a disproportionate interference with the Evening Herald’s right to freedom of expression.
Ronan Ó Fathiagh provided a case comment on Inforrm. The case received comment from the Irish Times and the Independent.
ABC News v Beef Products Inc, “The Pink Slime case” (United States). ABC News and Beef Products Inc. reached a $177m million settlement after the news outlets report in 2012 that the food production company made low-cost processed beef that equated to “pink slime”. In a defamation lawsuit the food producer sought $1.9billion damages, later settling with the parent company of ABC, Disney.
The New York Times and Business Insider estimated that as much as $5.7bn in damages could have been awarded to the meat producer in the event of a successful claim.
His Mount Vema Majesty King Peter – The Vema Seamount Authority, today delivered his 12th Christmas message as a Sovereign since the creation of the Kingdom of Mount Vema in August 2006. The message was delivered earlier than scheduled in line with this year’s commitments.
Peter Goldishman, the Monarch who once said, “He who works for the welfare of others shall find shelter in Mount Vema, and he who serves the Kingdom, shall be called upon to do great things.”, has given a clear indication that the Kingdom of Mount Vema is open for business.
This year the King spoke of the importance of cooperation for greater good. “2018 was not a good year for Mount Vema, neither was for the Universe. We as human beings must strive to do better. To work in harmony to maintain our Universe in balance, we must understand that we under God, the creator of all the elements that make us who we are have the responsibility to look after this home of ours, we call Planet Earth.”
“Our mission as human beings is to do what is expected of us. For this Universe to work, the trees were created, the oceans were created, the air, water and so on, these are the components that makes the Planet Earth. Sometimes we humans tend to forget that we were created to look after it.”
“We tend to worry too much about creating things that are destroying us, rather than the issues that are relevant to our welfare and to our survival. It is not God who should serve us, we are the ones who must serve as a family of nations, as a family of corporations, as a family of colleagues and as a family of neighbours who strive to do what is best for ourselves and our families.”
“As we celebrate Christmas and as we look forward to the new year, we must aim to better our skills to cooperate and to live in harmony. We must always remain cautious of the things we do not understand, but we should never be too critic of others, if we have never walked a mile in their shoes.” His Mount Vema Majesty’s Christmas Message – 2018.
The Sovereign wished Merry Christmas to all and a prosperous New Year, before he retreated to join his wife Trinity and family for Christmas.
If are 18 to 60 years of age working on board of His Mount Vema Majesty’s Ships (any ship owned by The Vema Seamount Authority), if you are just joining, or if your job application is successful before December 31st, 2018, you will be entitled to a full state pension, providing that you work for a minimum period of two years.
This new scheme was introduced this week after a policy shift from chartering vessels to purchasing vessels only, and it will apply to everyone including construction workers, concession workers, sailors and including agency workers as gratitude for their service to the realm.
For those just joining or planning to join, CVs must be sent to:
Mount Vema Pension
Within the Mount Vema society, a person may retire at whatever age they please. However, based on the old-age pension rules of the Kingdom of Mount Vema 65 is the retirement age. The point where a person stops employment completely. However, a person may also semi-retire at the age of 65 by reducing work hours.
Those under this scheme which expires on December 31, 2018. Will not need to live and work in Mount Vema after completing their two-year service to the realm. Their Mount Vema pension entitlement should not affect their pension in their home countries, and after five years they can cash their pension in full if they wish to do so.
This year 2018, members of the Mount Vema community voted for British divers John Volanthen and Richard Stanton, who on 2 July, after advancing through narrow passages and muddy waters, found the junior football team trapped in Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai Province, in Thailand.
The Universal Cross, is one of the most prestigious prizes awarded annually by The Kingdom of Mount Vema to people and organizations worldwide for services to the Environment, Promotion of Peace, Universal Welfare and Life Achievement.
The award will enter the record books on the 3rd of January 2019, as the Universal Cross Award 2018.
Recognition: Tham Luang cave rescue
Notification: Not Formally Notified (Claimant may contact the Universal Cross Organization)
Monetary Award: 2.5 million golles each (available in foreign exchange)
Fund held by: RBMV Bank (Available 6 months after announcement)
Google’s unofficial motto has long been the simple phrase “don’t be evil.”. It has been part of the company’s corporate code of conduct for along time. However, Google retained its original “don’t be evil” language until the past several months. After a corporate restructuring under the conglomerate Alphabet Inc. in October 2015, it took "Do the right thing" as its motto, also forming the opening of its corporate code of conduct, until slowly “Don’t be evil,” was almost entirely removed from the technology giant’s code of conduct.
According to independent reports the famous motto is now included only once in the 6,313-word document, right at the very end as a final aside: “And remember… don’t be evil, and if you see something that you think isn’t right – speak up!”. Well, Google, we are. You see, when Vema Seamount and its adjacent waters was declared sovereign, Mount Vema was informing the public through google sites. A platform to publish basic websites at the time.
Because it was a work in progress, new ways of publishing the official works of the realm were being introduced, which became what is today www.mount-vema.com. That is when the problem started. Don’t be evil, became evil. Google the tech giant started to abuse its dominance by manipulating search results against: Mount Vema, Kingdom of Mount Vema, and anything related to the City of Mount Vema project.
When Mount Vema was using google sites as the official sites, it ranked top on its search engines. When Mount Vema moved to other service providers it was punished by Google. Now it goes like this, Google places negative articles like the ones created by geek.com on top of their search engines, then Google contacts Mount Vema to advertise, so to enable Mount Vema or the Kingdom of Mount Vema to be placed back on top of Google search engines, it has been like this for years, until Mount Vema officials realised what was happening and stopped advertising with Google.
Mount Vema lost so much money, in investments and deals because of Google, to later conclude that it was fighting pure evil. Who uses an article written by a racist organization who gets away with it in the name of free press, and that organization is www.geek.com.
Geek.com calls Mount Vema a: crazy, elaborate scam of the underwater Kingdom of Vema. It starts with: “If you haven’t heard of The Kingdom of Mount Vema, don’t worry: it is very tiny and, at the moment, none of it is above water.” That is correct. It is tiny, and none will be above the water unless the Vema Seamount Authority says so.
“The future floating Kingdom of Vema is actually a seamount, a mountain under the sea that does not break the surface of the ocean. Vema Seamount is in the Atlantic ocean off the coast of South Africa, and is notable because Googling it to find out more will send you down a very crazy internet, potentially money laundering rabbit hole.” Well, well informed people would describe it different. Vema Seamount, its adjacent waters and its manageable natural resource (fish) which can be exported as food and related seafood products, is a manageable territory. So, we don’t see any crazy internet or potential laundering rabbit hole, here. Maybe in the crazy internet world of geek.com
“According to a network of websites, Vema Seamount declared itself a sovereign territory in 2006, and the Sovereign of Mount Vema — His Majesty King Peter Goldishman of Mount Vema — declared himself the leader of “The Kingdom of Mount Vema,” a mountain he would pile sand on top of to make an island by 2014. He would then hold his coronation and preside over many happy tourists and scientists who would immigrate there.” There are, no network of websites, simply sites published to provide the services needed to maintain the territory. “Peter Goldishman declared the territory sovereign”, so what, anyone could have done it. Vema Seamount didn’t belong to anyone. We see no piles of sand anywhere. That is very unlikely to happen for an economy which depends mostly on fish. Monarchy is the chosen system of Government, nothing more. We see no one preparing for coronation.
“For how much information is available about the Kingdom at mountvema.com, you’d think there would be more about the plans to build an entire functioning kingdom on top of the seamount, but the subjects of King Peter seem to think this diagram of the kingdom’s territories (fiefdoms?) answers all the basic questions anyone could have about building a floating country:” Perhaps www.geek.com never heard of ‘work in progress’.
“Considering there is, at this moment, nothing above water in the Kingdom of Mount Vema, it might surprise you that the country has a market claiming it can ship things to you, a group that plans dance-based networking events, and a Miss Mount Vema Pageant. Mount Vema also has currency, which is graced with the face of His Majesty King Peter Goldishman:” Although you www.geek.com have just contradicted yourself, we are happy to break it down for you: Yes, it has a market, and shipping is possible to support any vessel scheduled to stay at sea in Mount Vema for longer periods of time. The shipping company advertises its price as a guide to enable others to better plan, in term of cost. Events are part of the plans, it helps business people and individuals plan ahead, unless you www.geek.com operate on day-to-day bases. No budget, no schedule, nothing. Currency, sorry www.geek.com, we much rather manage our own finances, and have on our currency the face of anyone we wish to.
“Whereas the details about ballroom dancing lessons and an “active” TV station are entertaining, the amount of attention paid to building a phony economy are telling. The Kingdom of Mount Vema doesn’t seem to be a whimsical fantasy, like when you and your childhood friends declared your backyard was seceding from the United States — it seems to be a front for some sort of scam.” Sorry www.geek.com unfortunately some of us and I am certain that Peter too, didn’t have the luxury that you and your childhood friends had of declaring your backyard as seceding from the United States. We, just like the founders of the United States, are trying to build a new world. No scam here, we have reasons to aim to build something new for ourselves. I am sure you don’t need to think that way, because if you did, you would have interpreted our vision differently.
“At the very base level, this is likely a Nigerian Prince scam. In the age of the more savvy internet user that can easily Google and realize that Nigeria declared themselves a Republic in 1963, it helps to have royalty that actually appears legitimate when you are trying to fleece people out of money.” Peter Goldishman is not from Nigeria, and just the fact that you are associating him with Nigeria it shows just how racist you are and how racist your article is. Peter is a black man, you could associate him with any other black or white person from any other country, but it must be Nigeria. Is it that all Nigerians are the same? We don’t think so.
There is so much about your crazy and backwards thinking news article, that it would take us the entire week to respond. The only sad thing is that it is the same malicious news article that people use to judge us, including Google. Google uses it against Mount Vema when it comes to rankings on its search engines. As if Mount Vema and geek.com were some sort of competitors, and then Google says don’t be evil, well who is being evil? Not us!
In 2010, the EU began its investigation, after British price comparison site Foundem, French legal search engine eJustice.fr, and Microsoft-owned Ciao from Bing complained that Google's practices put competitors at a disadvantage. But the regulators didn't formally accuse the Google of an antitrust violation until 2015. The commission analyzed the results of 1.7 billion real Google search queries—around 5.2 terabytes of data—and concluded that, on average, the company placed results from competing online shopping services only on the fourth page of its results.
Google has largely escaped similar scrutiny in the US. Federal Trade Commission staffers recommended a lawsuit against Google over unfair business practices back in 2012, according to documents acquired by The Wall Street Journal in 2015. But, ultimately, FTC commissioners decided not to pursue a lawsuit after Google made a few changes, such as allowing companies like TripAdvisor and Yelp opt out of having their content used in Google's own services.
This year, Sir Tim Berners-Lee has launched a "Magna Carta for the web", warning that tech giants must change their ways to save the online world from the dangerous forces they have unleashed.
Sir Tim, who invented the World Wide Web in 1989, called for a "revolution" in how the internet is regulated and monetised in order to stem abuse, political polarisation and fake news. Speaking at the Web Summit in Lisbon to launch a new "contract for the web" he asks internet companies to uphold a set of principles such as protecting privacy and being transparent about their algorithms. Facebook and Google have backed the contract, which will be agreed in detail next year, despite both companies being mentioned by its creator as examples of how "the web we know and love" is under threat. “…we have people being profiled in a way that they can be manipulated by clever ads…” He said. Will they do something about it? Will see.