In 2010, the world acquired a new country. It goes by the name of Hau Pakumotu or Moorea (meaning Yellow Lizard). It’s a popular destination that was located in French Polynesia’s Society Islands, northwest of Tahiti, until a group of islanders, overwhelmed by the high cost of living, proclaimed a new republic.
Moorea is just nine miles from Tahiti, perched in the perfect spot in the Pacific Ocean and often cited as a cheaper alternative to Tahiti.
News reports state that the breakaway group complains of high costs and wants to promote job generation by hiring 130 firefighters. It is also claimed that the new republic has nominated a president, 12 ministers, three senators, and seven representatives.
The Vancouver Sun states that the minister claims over 50,000 names of support for independence, despite the island only having just over 16 thousand residents. Some say that the whole situation is actually just a publicity stunt, although apparently identity cards and the seizing of funds has taken place.
Independence isn’t a new topic to the island of Moorea. Pro-independence was a huge issue in the 2005 election of a new set of party leaders, and the complaints of a high cost of living run deep in the daily lives of Polynesians.
Money of course is a major part of the equation here. Can Moorea actually survive without their portion of France’s annual US$1 billion in subsidies? Only time will tell. AH