Global Country of World Peace
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||The lead section of this article may need to be rewritten. (March 2013)|
|Global Country of World Peace
|Anthem: Rashtriya Gita|
|-||Head of State||Tony Nader|
|-||Prime Minister||Bevan Morris|
|-||Declared||October 7, 2000|
The Global Country of World Peace (GCWP) was declared by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of Transcendental Meditation, on Vijayadashami (Victory Day), October 7, 2000. He described it as "a country without borders for peace-loving people everywhere". GCWP is structured as a kingdom, with Tony Nader as its current Maharaja or Sovereign Ruler.
It became incorporated in the state of Iowa, USA on October 15, 2002 as a nonprofit organization with Bevan Morris as its president. The corporation has its headquarters in Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa. It has, or is building, capitals in the Netherlands, Iowa, Kansas, West Virginia, Manhattan, and India.
The GCWP made attempts to obtain sovereignty as a micronation during the years 2000 to 2002, offering sums in excess of $1 billion to small and impoverished countries in exchange for the sovereignty over part of their territory. It has a global reconstruction program which seeks to rebuild all of the cities and buildings in the world following Maharishi Sthapatya Veda principles.
The GCWP states as its mission to support existing governments and assist them in creating problem-free administration for their nation through the application of Natural Law. The GCWP's intention is to have a parental and nourishing role in the family of nations. According to a report from Bloomberg, the GCWP's tax filings relate its mission as the creation of world peace 'by unifying all nations in happiness prosperity, invincibility, and perfect health'.
The GCWP website included an application for citizenship in 2006. Citizenship was open to all peace-loving people who agreed with the country's goals. New citizens would have dual citizenship with Maharishi Vedic America, and they would get a flag and a passport. The ladies' wing of the GCWP is called the "Global Mother Divine Organization".
The Global Country of World Peace has issued its own currency called the "Raam". The GCWP's plan is to use the Raam as a "catalyst currency" to facilitate the implementation of agriculture and developmental projects throughout the world, to assist in the elimination of international poverty. The currency has been used in Iowa and has been also given approval in The Netherlands where more than 100 Dutch shops, department store chains, in 30 villages and cities are using the notes at a fixed rate of 10 euros per raam.
US Peace Government
John Hagelin established the U.S. Peace Government (USPG) on July 4, 2003, as an affiliate of the Global Country of World Peace. The US Peace Government and the Global Country of World Peace were created to promote evidence-based and sustainable solutions as well as policies of governance that are aligned with Natural Law. As president of the USPG, Hagelin presides over a national assembly of USPG state representatives or governors, who in turn preside over US Peace Government assemblies and capital buildings in their respective states. The office of the President of the U.S. Peace Government is at The Jefferson hotel, Washington D.C.
Europe and India
The Global Capital for World Peace is based at MERU, Holland, property owned by the Maharishi Foundation near Vlodrop which was the residence of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It is the site where he proclaimed the creation of the Global Country of World Peace and crowned the Maharaja. It also houses the campuses of the Maharishi European Research University (MERU) and a Maharishi Vedic University. The "administrative Capital of World Peace", also called the "Maharishi World Capital of Peace", the "Global Capital of World Peace", and the "Capital of Global Raam Raj", was reported in a 2007 press release to be is under construction in the center of India.
Maharishi Vedic City is the "Capital of the Global Country for World Peace", also called the "Maharishi City Capital of the Age of Enlightenment". "The Mansion" became the headquarters for the Global Country of World Peace in 2002.
The city's plan and building code follow Maharishi Sthapatya Veda principles. Architecture professor Keller Easterling says that Maharishi Vedic City reflects the GCWP's interest in achieving a "benign form of global sovereignty". Utilizing donations from supporters, the GCWP has built a 210,000-square-foot (20,000 m2) campus there to house 1,050 Vedic pandits from India.
From 2004 to 2010 the GCWP owned the American Bank Note Company Building in New York City, USA which it called The Financial Capital of the GCWP. It was intended to be an administrative center for a project to raise funds for3,000 peace palaces, and hospitals, organic farms, and clinics in developing countries, but over time, its primary use was as a Transcendental Meditation center. When the building became a financial burden it was sold in 2010 and the organization's $5.5 million profit were earmarked for a new Manhattan teaching center and other programs.
The US Peace Government has announced plans to build a national capital near Smith Center, Kansas in Washington Township, Smith County, near the geographic center of America. The purchase of the first large parcel was negotiated without revealing the buyer until the final contract was prepared. A groundbreaking ceremony was held March 28, 2006. Over 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) were eventually purchased. Plans called for the construction of 12 to 15 buildings, including Peace Palaces and a broadcast center, at an estimated cost of up to $15 million. The plans divided the community. Nine pastors wrote to the local newspaper with concerns about the souls of area residents while the Chamber of Commerce looked forward to the creation of new jobs. The county planning commission placed a moratorium on any changes in land use in an effort to prevent the use of agricultural land for the capital, but they withdrew it after the movement threatened to sue in federal court. In April 2009, a spokesman announced that two Peace Palaces were nearing completion. Maharishi Central University is projected to be part of the capital project.
In 2009 the GCWP purchased two parcels in West Virginia to make the "Maharishi Purusha Capital of the Western World". The men’s-only facility is used for weekend retreats as well as residences for those who want to spend years living a simple life involving meditation. As of 2012, the center, called the West Virginia Retreat Center was located in Three Churches, West Virginia, USA and consisted of 10 buildings with 90 males residents plus various staff. Larger plans group plans include the development of the 175 acres (0.708 km2), purchased at a cost of $750,000 into an "environmentally friendly retreat" that will include 150 to 200 rooms for professional meditators, according to the project director, Raja Bob LoPinto. The property will be designated a Global Capital and will include a palace for the Maharaja and residences for the Raja of Invincible America and the Prime Minister.
The Global Country of World Peace has undertaken the construction of Peace Palaces, with a goal of one Peace Palace in each of the 240 largest cities in the United States. The goal of each Peace Palace is to serve as a home of peace for each city. Some Peace Palaces built by GCWP are leased to Maharishi Vedic Education Development Corporation for courses in the Transcendental Meditation technique and related programs such as Maharishi Spas, Maharishi Vedic Vibration Technology and herbal food supplements. The buildings are planned to be two-story, white, buildings of about 10,000 to 12,000 square feet (1,100 m2) and are intended to be replacements for rented spaces being used in "more than 200 locations" across the U.S.A. Their appearance has been described as an "Indian temple crossed with a Southern plantation mansion" and is intended to be a "visual brand" for the organization.
Peace Palaces have been completed in the U.S. cities of Bethesda, Maryland, Houston and Austin, Texas, Fairfield, Iowa, St. Paul, Minnesota and Lexington, Kentucky. Three of the existing Peace Palaces were built by private individuals. Land has been purchased in 52 location around the US and others are being built around the world.
According to officials of the organization, zoning and related issues have slowed their progress in building in at least 18 other cities where land has been purchased. In 2007 the "Maharishi’s organization" took legal action against the city of Mayfield Heights, Ohio, because the city refused a set back variance for a proposed Peace Palace. Although "admired for its finances" some critics call the project a way for the "Maharishi's followers" to create funds for more land for the group's treasury.
In 2005, the Global Country bought a 800-plus acres farm in Goshen, New York, USA for $4 million in cash, with plans to create an organic farm training site, as well as a Peace Palace. According to broker Steve Perfit, the 818 acres (3.310 km2) were put up for sale in April 2009.
Also in 2005, Global Country World Peace purchased the 27-acre (109,000 m2) Prairie Peace Park in Pleasant Dale, Nebraska. GCWP had planned to build a 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) "peace palace" on the site. An article in August 2010 in the Journal Star reported that the property was for sale for $95,000.
In 2006, the Global Country purchased Inishraher, a 30-acre (120,000 m2) island in Clew Bay off the coast, County Mayo, Ireland with the intention of founding an International Peace Centre, and of designating it as a Maharishi Capital of the Global Country of World Peace. Planning permission for two 18-room hostels on the island was approved on 22 July 2009.
The Maharishi's Global Reconstruction Program for Permanent World Peace entails replacing the existing cities and buildings of the world with plans and structures that follow Maharishi Sthapatya Veda principles. The project is estimated by the Global Country of World Peace (GCWP) Finance Minister to cost $300 trillion. The Director of the Global Country of World Peace's Financial Capital, Paul Potter, said "we hope to be able to rebuild the whole world to be fortune-oriented buildings, to be heaven on earth".
Efforts to obtain sovereignty
In 2001, it was reported that the Global Country of World Peace had been unsuccessful in its attempts to establish a sovereign nation after contacting countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In November 2000, the GCWP made a proposal to the President of Suriname, offering $1.3 billion over three years for a 200-year lease of 3,500 acres (14.2 km2) of rural land plus "1 percent of the money the sovereign state's central bank puts into circulation" and the creation of 10,000 jobs. The UNHCR reported that, in July 2001, the island nation of Tuvalu rejected, after serious consideration, a proposal from the GCWP to create a "Vatican like sovereign city-state" near the international airport in exchange for a payment of $2 million per year.
In 2002, the GCWP asked if they could set up their world headquarters on one hundred acres land on the 33-square-mile (85 km2) island of Rota which is part of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a protectorate of the United States. The GCWP offered to contribute to economic growth of the country but Rota declined, preferring to remain part of the Commonwealth. In Costa Rica, officials of the GCWP "allegedly offered each family" on the Talamanca reservation, $250 per month for the right to appoint a king. A ceremony was held on the Talamanca reservation to appoint a local Indian as king of the community. Perceiving the GCWP's actions as efforts to establish an independent state the Security Minister ordered the GCWP representative to leave the country.
Regional leaders  and 'leading Transcendental Meditators "trained as TM teachers and graduates of the TM-Sidhi program are called "Governors of the Age of Enlightenment". Tony Nader was appointed by the Maharishi as the "First Sovereign Ruler of the Global Country of World Peace" in 2000.
Some "national leaders" and "top officials" of the Global Country of World Peace are called Rajas. In 2005, 22 male Rajas were appointed by the Maharishi as national and regional leaders of his organization. His Raja training course took about two months and the participants were "advised to make a contribution of $1,000,000 to the Maharishi World Peace Fund." Ceremonial attire for the Maharaja and the rajas includes white silk robes, gold medallions, and gold crowns. In 2008, Nader attended the Maharishi's funeral in India and adopted the title, "Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam" Since then the organization has also been administrated by the "high-functioning intellectual elite in its upper echelons," such as Bevan Morris, while retaining Nader as the central leader.
List of rajas
|Antonio Bartolome||Andorra, Angola, Cape Verde Islands, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe, Spain |
|Bjarne S. Landsfeldt||Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Denmark, Malta, Russia, Slovakia, Turkmenistan|
|Bob LoPinto||Gambia, Lesotho, Oman, Philippines, Senegal, South Africa, Vietnam|
|Bruce Plaut||Ethiopia, Nigeria, Samoa, Seychelles, Swaziland, Sweden, Tanzania|
|Dean Dodrill||Austria, Azerbaijan, Guinea, Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Sudan|
|Emanuel Schiffgens||Bangladesh, Central African Republic, Germany, Iran, Monaco, Nauru, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine|
|Felix Kägi||Albania, Croatia, Djibouti, Liechtenstein, Malawi, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland|
|Graham de Freitas||Minneapolis, Benin, Botswana, Grenada, Mali, Norway, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda|
|Ior Guglielmi||Bahrain, Greece, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Niger, Papua New Guinea, San Marino, Sri Lanka|
|John Konhaus||Chad, Egypt, Hungary, Jamaica, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Somalia, Uzbekistan|
|Jose Luis Alvarez||Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela|
|Kingsley Brooks||Afghanistan, Israel, Democratic Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nepal|
|Lucien Mansour||Belgium, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Gabon, Haiti, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Syria|
|Mariano Facipieri||Eritrea, Ghana, Italy, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Tunisia, Yemen|
|Michael Dillbeck||Algeria, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Fiji, France, Latvia, Mauritius, Tonga|
|Pat Barrett||Comoros, Finland, Malaysia, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Singapore, Zimbabwe|
|Paul Potter||Belarus, Burkina Faso, Canada, Cyprus, Kiribati, Montenegro, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Turkey|
|Peter Warburton||Bahamas, Bulgaria, East Timor, Jordan, Palau, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Zambia|
|Robert Wynne||Armenia, Burundi, Iraq, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Vanuatu|
|Rogers Badgett||Australia, Barbados, Estonia, Mauritania, Morocco, Solomon Islands, St Vincent and Grenadines, Tuvalu|
|Tom Stanley||Belize, Bhutan, Iceland, Ireland, Libya, Mongolia, Tajikistan|
|Vikram Aditya||Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Myanmar, Thailand|
|Willem Meijles||Antigua and Barbuda, Indonesia, Lithuania, Namibia, the Netherlands, Poland, Qatar|
- John Fagan – Food Purity
- Avinoam Barkol
- Howard Chancellor
- James Egan
- John Bright
- Rafael David
- Richard Ross
- Minister of Natural Law: Maharishi Vedic Pandits
- Minister of Education: Dr. Volker Schanbacher
- Minister of Health: Rainer Picha, MD
- Minister of Architecture: Dr. Eike Hartmann
- Minister of Agriculture: Dr. Alexander Sergeyevich Badera
- Minister of Trade and Commerce: Dr. Larry Chroman
- Minister of Defence: Major General (retd.) Dr. Kulwant Singh
- Minister of Science and Technology: Dr. John Hagelin
- Minister of Communication: Dr. Peter Swan
- Minister of Religion and Culture: Dr. Chris Crowell
- Minister of Administration: Pending appointment
- Minister of Finance and Planning: Dr. Benjamin Feldman
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- Purusha Capital
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