Abuse by FBI and Internal Revenue Service agents, and threats of
privacy invasion by banks has led to the formation of a new country that
is about to rise from a sunken island in the Caribbean. One man has
spent years trying to find a way to begin a new country to eliminate
injustices and abuse by government agencies.
Prince Lazarus Long, 67, is only days away from completion of an
agreement with neighboring Honduras which will enable construction of
the Principality of New Utopia to begin. This new nation will literally
rise from the sea in a unique venture that many said would never happen.
The search for an unclaimed island where a new nation could be formed
proved fruitless after a four-year effort, according to Prince Lazarus.
That search then turned to an accidental find, and a new technology that
would enable platforms to be built in the sea.
“I looked for about four years on every map I could find for an
island anywhere that had not been claimed by any other country. There is
no such animal,” Prince Lazarus told WorldNetDaily in an exclusive
It was nine years ago that the IRS and FBI arrested Prince Lazarus’
business partner and led to what will be the newest country in the
Prince Lazarus and Gill Bodden, a business partner from the Cayman
Islands, were about to purchase a submarine that had been used to search
for sunken treasure ships. When they inspected the ship they
found ocean charts detailing a large reef, or sunken island, just 12
feet under water in the Caribbean Sea. The reef was located just outside
the territorial boundaries of any other nation.
Before they could purchase the sub and begin taking scuba divers deep
into the Caribbean Trench, Bodden, who also owned a charter airline
operating out of the Cayman Islands, was arrested.
“Just before we did the purchase, Gill got a call to go to Miami to
pick up a charter passenger,” explained Prince Lazarus. “So he jumped in
the jet with the pilot and went over there. When they landed, he got out
and helped load the guy’s bags in the plane, and as soon as they got the
guy’s bags in the plane they were surrounded by FBI and IRS agents.
“They opened the bag and the guy had $20,000 in cash. They arrested
all of them and seized the plane. They told Gill they would turn him
lose if he would give them all of his records of charter passengers
for the last 15 years. Gill refused to do it and spent, I think, seven
years in the slammer. All he did was go pick this guy up.
“Which to me is why New Utopia has come into existence,” described
Prince Lazarus of the abusive treatment his partner is alleged to have
received. Law enforcement agencies have used large sums of cash
as justification to seize private property.
With the loss of his partner, Prince Lazarus was not able to buy the
submarine, but he never forgot the charts he found revealing a most
unique sunken island. After a lengthy world-wide search, Prince
Lazarus concluded that all existing islands have been claimed by one
country or another, or fell within the 100-mile territorial boundaries
of other nations. It was then that he turned his attention to the sunken
islands he found in the submarine charts.
“At that time I didn’t know that Swan Island existed,” said Prince
Lazarus of his only obstacle to his plan. The location selected for New
Utopia is over 100 miles from any country, but Honduras claims a
200 mile trade boundary which includes New Utopia.
“My legal people decided that we didn’t dare start building until we
had a treaty with Honduras, because we are within their 200 mile
economic zone if they want to push it,” explained Prince Lazarus.
Prince Lazarus recently met with the Honduran Ambassador in the U.S.
and arranged a treaty with Honduras. The signing of that treaty was
scheduled for the very day hurricane Mitch struck Honduras with
Honduras is reported to be in favor of the treaty which will enable
construction plans to go forward and permit the world’s newest country
“We’ll provide a lot of work for Hondurans in the construction and
various other endeavors in New Utopia, as well as importing things that
they need to export,” explained Prince Lazarus.
The treaty signing has been delayed, but not canceled. Prince Lazarus
sent a container of relief items to Honduras which is scheduled to
arrive by ship approximately on January 4, 1999. The treaty is expected
to be signed in conjunction with that date.
Once the treaty is in place, New Utopia will rise from the sea using
the same technology used to build an airport in the sea off Japan,
foundations on Florida land with a high water table, and bridges
across many lakes and rivers.
New Utopia will be made up of 90,000-square-foot platforms anchored
by cement and steel pillars into the sea floor. The first platform will
provide headquarters for a security team, a dock, warehouse, a
beacon for sea traffic, and a place to fly the flag of New Utopia.
Construction on the other platforms will then continue non-stop for many
years, according to Prince Lazarus.
“Our problem,” said Prince Lazarus, “is that with all the romance and
energy New Utopia is generating, we are going to have hundreds of
thousands of people from all over the world who will want to come
see the first new country in hundreds of years. We will not have enough
hotel rooms and condos to accommodate them. I can’t imagine catching up
to the demand for 20 years or more, no matter how fast
New Utopia’s closest neighbor is the Cayman Islands, 115 miles to the
east. The Caymans are visited by approximately 1.5 million people a
year, prompting Prince Lazarus’s optimism. He says that New
Utopia will “out Cayman the Cayman Islands.”
“We have a lot of people who are ready to start building,” claims
Prince Lazarus. “We’ll start selling our seven-year, 9 1/2 percent
government bonds. We’re selling $350 million worth of those. And
that money will be used primarily to insure construction loans for those
“The first hotel, condos, and apartment complexes, and shopping
center, and medical center, airport, and all of those kinds of things.
We’ll not guarantee it with that money, but buy insurance with that
money. It makes it go a lot further,” he explained.
The nation of New Utopia will be a principality, regulated by a
formal declaration of sovereignty and a constitution, resembling that of
the Principality of Monaco, and incorporating many of the laws and
regulations of Monaco’s constitution, according to Prince Lazarus. It
will be a constitutional monarchy, with Prince Lazarus and his wife
Princess Maureen in charge.
“The Principality of New Utopia is a constitutional sovereignty based
on the principles of free enterprise and capitalism, embracing a tax
free economy, with assurance of freedom and privacy in
connection with any commercial enterprise,” explained Prince Lazarus.
He says that implementation of new banking regulations, known as Know
Your Customer, by the United States and Great Britain, with all U.N.
countries soon to follow, will provide a significant incentive
for people to do their banking in the off shore banks of New Utopia.
“The Principality of New Utopia has adopted legislation designed to
promote the development of banking, financial services, insurance, trust
and securities brokerage services, and many other businesses,”
according to the nation’s website.
Plans also call for the construction of a hospital which will provide
any treatment that both patient and physician agree to, without
interference from the government. An international university will begin
classes in a few weeks, using the Internet for communications between
professors and students in all parts of the
Prince Lazarus has been influenced by the teachings of Ayn Rand, and
offers a variety of quotes from Rand’s writings on his website.
There are currently 560 citizens of New Utopia, and more are added
almost daily. Citizenship is available only by invitation. Anyone who
invests in government issued securities is then invited to
become a citizen. It is legal to hold a dual citizenship if the second
citizenship is gained through invitation.
“The people who found this out are the Israelis. They have been doing
this for years. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. We’re just
following in their footsteps,” explained Prince Lazarus.
Although New Utopia has applied to the U.N. and other international
organizations for recognition, there are no plans to apply for
membership. Prince Lazarus plans to ask the U.N. only for observer
status. A handful of countries have already recognized New Utopia, and
more are expected to do so when construction begins.
Prince Lazarus says the big attraction for people to do business in
New Utopia is freedom. Freedom from burdensome taxes and freedom from
“I firmly believe that the government should be non-invasive. Either
to the citizens, to the businesses, or to the medical decisions. All of
those things, the government should stay out of. The only thing
that we need to do is protect the citizens,” Prince Lazarus explained.
David M. Bresnahan, a contributing editor for WorldNetDaily.com, is the author of “Cover Up: The Art and Science of Political Deception,” and offers a monthly newsletter “Talk USA Investigative Reports.”
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