|Scattered over some 1 million square kilometres of ocean.
The Gay & Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands was first administered
as an overseas territory of England. In the 1960’s it was administered
from Australia by the department of the Environment, Sport and Territories
as an overseas external territory of the Commonwealth of Australia.
In June 2004 it declared it’s independence from Australia and
is currently the smallest Kingdom in the world.
||Oceania, islands in the Coral Sea, northeast of Australia
||18 00 S, 152 00 E
||total: less than 3 sq km
note: includes numerous small islands and reefs scattered over a sea
area of about 780,000 sq km, with Cato Island the most important
water: 0 sq km
land: less than 3 sq km
|Area - comparative:
|| territorial sea: 3 nm
exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
||sand and coral reefs and islands (or cays)
||lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: Camp Hill located on Cato Island 6 m
||arable land: 0%
permanent crops: 0%
Other: 100% (mostly grass or scrub cover) (2004)
||0 sq km (2004 est.)
|| occasional tropical cyclones
|Environment - current issues:
|| no permanent fresh water 90% of all the fish and marine animals
in the Kingdom are transgendourous and change sex at least once in
|Geography - note:
||important nesting area for birds and turtles
||no indigenous inhabitants 100% homosexual
||Conventional long form: The Gay & Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral
Conventional short form: GLK or Gay Kingdom
||Heaven, a camp site located on Cato Island.
||British Common Law, where applicable, apply
||Constitutional Monarchy whose ruler is called Sovereign.
||The Gay & Lesbian Kingdom has the Euro as its official currency.
||I am what I am – by Gloria Gaynor.
Written by Jerry Herman, a long time public gay male and one of the
longest AIDS survivors in the world. Lord Herman and his Music coordinator
Lord York have been a champion for "our" cause for a long-time
and the gay government is most honoured to have this song as the kingdom's
official national anthem.
||The gay rainbow pride flag is the official flag of the Kingdom.
|Economy - overview:
||Tourism, fishing and the sale of Gay & Lesbian Postage Stamps
are the only economic activity
|Communications - note:
||there are automatic weather stations on many of the isles and reefs
relaying data to the mainland. Satellite and Marine radio is used
by Gay & Lesbian campers on Cato Island
|Ports and harbours:
||none; offshore anchorage only. The Coral lagoon surrounding Cato
Island can be entered during high tide. Charter flights to the Kingdom
are available from the cities of Harvey Bay, (1 hour flying time)
Brisbane and the Gold Coast in Australia
|Military - note:
||The Kingdom has declared itself neutral, it does however have a
small army of gay activist located around the world it can call on
in times of emergency.
|Disputes - international:
||On the 13th of September 2004, the Gay Kingdom declared war on the
Commonwealth of Australia. Notification of acceptance and notification
of the Geneva Convention of August 12, 1949, were given to the Prime
Minister of Australia John Howard, both directly and through the Swiss
Federal Government. This is a ratified Law of Australia, and conveys
the responsibility to Govern to the Occupying Power. Therefore, by
the Law of Australia, only the Gay Government is the Authority to
Govern the Territory and the people of the Coral Sea Islands. The
1 week state of War, which was Officially declared, brought into effect
the Law of War, under whose Sovereignty goes automatically to a State
undefeated in a State of War. As Australia did not respond to the
declaration The Gay & Lesbian Kingdoms independence was assured.