Prince Leonard of Hutt River explains his self-made nation

Leonard Casley created an independent country amongst the fields of Western Australia. He tells us how and why.
Photo: Prince Leonard of Hutt River

FLORIDA, January 9, 2013 — The Principality of Hutt River is perhaps the world’s most well-known micronation. 

The United States was founded by farmers who disagreed with the idea of taxation without representation. Nearly two centuries later and on the other side of the world, Hutt River was established on a similar principle. It was founded by wheat farmer Leonard George Casley during the early 1970s after a particularly harsh quota law was crafted by the Australian government.

Today, the Principality, which consists of Casely’s 18,000-plus acre estate in Western Australia, still retains its agricultural character. It has made strides in the tourism industry, though, and plans many things for the future.

Casley, who established his own royal court, is now titled Prince Leonard. Despite being well into his mid-eighties, he continues to serve as the Principality’s chief executive. Here he talks about his nation’s past, present, and future. He also tells us about his life story, which at times sounds as if it sprang from an adventure screenplay.                

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Joseph F. Cotto:To say that the political situation and history of the Principality is unique would be a colossal understatement. What, exactly, inspired HRH to turn a family farm into a self-declared state?

HRH Prince Leonard: The West Australian Government applied wheat quotas. In doing this instead of a proposed 10 percent reduction on past years’ productions the Casley family were virtually written out of the industry. In response to protests, a top West Australian politician, Sir Charles Court, introduced a bill in Parliament which would give the West Australian Government the power to resume the Casley farms. This intention was unlawful and the Governor of West Australia was duly informed of such and requested to have a stop put on the resumption or the Casleys would secede, which (we) did.

Cotto: How is the Principality’s government structured? Are relations with Australia and other countries generally of a beneficial nature?

Prince Leonard: The Government is a Single House, with Ministers of State. It is a Principality with succession to the eldest child. It is a constitutional government. Relations with other countries is an economic benefit. Some young tourists say, “Prince Leonard (is) very famous in our country”.

Relations with other countries are very desirable to create the right situation for advanced knowledge to effect humanitarian benefits.

Cotto: Across the world, though especially here in the United States, the Great Recession continues to crawl along. Has the Principality’s economy been heavily impacted by this? Normally, what are its essential components?

Prince Leonard: At present there is a slowdown in economy to a degree, which is mainly attributed to the high value of the Australian Dollar, at present $1.50 to US Dollar.

The problems which led to the secession were firstly matters related to economy.

It is worthy to note, that as shown in the recently released Australian Government Archives, various reports stated that (I have) broken no Australian Laws. These reports were in response to requests to find some charge to be laid on (me).

Despite this fact, the records show that the Australian Government twice requested the American Government to assist in stopping the Principality’s representatives in America from registering ships under the Principality’s Flag, and from Numismatic sales; which Australia reports they could themselves do nothing about, thus Australia itself is directly responsible for the continuation of economic stress upon the PHR.

Cotto: The Principality is very welcoming to both citizenship requests and business ventures. What is the current population, both living in the Principality and abroad? Does HRH see the future holding any great changes for the Principality 

Prince Leonard: The Principality has large compensation claims upon Australia and the UK, which are for extra land, based on monetary value plus interest. Around twenty European persons and a further 200 Nunda Tribe reside here. The Principality is pushing for settlements of claim, then major development will begin.

Cotto: It has been said that the defining characteristics of any nation are its borders, language, and culture. Generally speaking, what is life like in the Principality?

Prince Leonard: A challenge upon the Australian Parliamentarians that they are all sitting in Parliament without constitutional authority. Also that both their Citizenship Act and appointment of a Queen of Australia are nullities, because as a Dominion Australia never issued a Request and Consent. This was done in order to avoid asking the people of Australia to approve by referendum vote as required by the Australian Constitution.

Cotto: We Americans are a people noted for our staunch individualism. Does HRH believe that the Principality’s background might be of special interest to us for this very reason?

Prince Leonard: (I am) an academic, before the secession (I) held top accreditation in basic Physics. After the secession (I) was asked to write in the field of the Spiritual. Copies of many of (my) writings in this field are in some universities, the Vatican, National Library of Congress etc.

(I am) just now completing the relation of Gravity as an inertia of the energy known as Spiritual.

(I have) offered to assist the US Government to educate universities on the physics of actuality to reduce conflict arising out of religious variance, but the US does not appear to be interested.

Cotto: After learning about the Principality’s past, present, and plans for the future, many readers are probably wondering about HRH’s own life story. In closing, would HRH mind telling us about that?

Prince Leonard: (I) left school at 14 years. Served in the RAAF in active service in taking Borneo back from the Japanese as well as active service in WWII through the islands to the north of Australia. Became an exporter of fruit and vegetables to Singapore. Bought and developed large farm lands. Developed Copper deposits which (I) owned, at the same time doing extensive research in pure basic physics and gravity. Studied Law and later studied Constitutional Law.


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Joseph F. Cotto is a social journalist by trade and student of history by lifestyle choice. He hails from central Florida, writing about political, economic, and social issues of the day. In the past, he was a contributor to Blogcritics Magazine, among other publications. He is currently at work on a book about American society.

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