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Dateline: 27 April 2000 Early Edition
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Cyber Republics Rule?
Critics talk about cyberspace as a virtual no-man's-land where legal jurisdiction and the authority to control and regulate are often difficult to establish.

In short -- an anarchist's paradise.

And, if the CNet article referenced by the first headline (below) is anything to go by, at least a handful of Net users are getting a little fed up with the way that governments and other "big brothers" seem determined to exert their power over the previously untamed new frontier that is/was the Net.

It will be interesting to see whether governments and their laws will be able to control this subculture and "Free Net" enterprise.

Meantime I'm getting ready to declare my own republic. Yes -- I've had enough of being bullied about by these political trough-dwellers who rely on the stupidity and gullibility of your average voter in order to give them a franchise on power.

I've decided to cede from the nation and run my own affairs in totality.

Yes, I'll pay for the use of New Zealand's roads, libraries, healthcare and any other tax-funded services on a user-pays full-cost of provision basis -- should I need to avail myself of their presence, and I'll happily enter into defense and trade treaties with NZ.

Unfortunately, although I've spent quite some time trawling around the various government websites, I can't seem to find the right form for filing my intent.

Maybe I'll have to email Jim Anderton again -- he'll know where to get such a document.

Of course I'll have to think up a name that will provide a really catchy top-level-domain abreviation so that I can earn vast amounts of money by running a registry (in monopoly form naturally) -- does anyone have any good ideas?

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