Welsh Jedis On The Moon & Israeli Laser Defence Class Action…
March 15, 2008 (17 Responses)
THESE WELSH JEDI lot are a forward looking bunch; I’ll give them that at least. Whether you think they’re whackjobs or take them seriously the UK Church of Jedi actually exists, presumably as a subset of the Jedi Church itself, and most recently they have made the headlines because they selected a rather interesting place to build their latest church, not to mention forming a new Galactic nation state.Â I refer of course to the story that some Welsh JedisÂ decided to create a space colony on the moon.
Yep. You read that right, on the moon!
Of course the first step in such an enterprise is to purchase some real estate, which they have in fact managed to do. Actually, they’re not just interested in buying the land (a one acre site apparently), they are also in the process of setting up a new Jedi nation up there as well. You see the moon is classed as being in ‘international waters’ (although I challange anyone to find water up there!) so legally speaking there is nothing to stop them forming their own galactic state up there.
The two brothers at the head of the UK Jedi Church organisation have gone ahead andÂ set up a government, constitution and royal family of the sovereign state as well. The nation is called The Galactic States of Jediism and they have also nominated theirÂ own capital city on the moon called Testa City.
What beats me is how they can fit all this into one little acre of real estate… still it could set an interesting precedent if we ever manage to, you know, actually colonise the moon… although why anyone would want to at this point is a bit of a mystery to me.
Still, it’s not as weird as the next item, because quasi-religious sci-fi enthusiasts doing their thing on the moon is at least ‘out there’ somewhere, a possibility that might be a problem in the future sometime if we ever go back to the moon, where as this next item is closer to home but just asÂ weird.
I reckon that setting up shop for the future Jedi nation on the Moon is not as far fetched as suing the Israeli government for not defending your homestead with laser weapons, which is exactly what residents of Sderot, a southern Israeli town, bordering Gaza, are are doing to their government for not using sci-fi style laser ray guns to protect them from Palestinian Kassam rocket fire. The argument seems to stem from the fact that such a defence is now ‘possible’ due to advances in technology (currently called “SkyGuard”), but because the government hasn’t seen fit to invest and deploy it they are now being dragged through the courts to defend their position by a class action from the residents.
Just when you think things can’t get any weirder on this planet (or the moon I suppose)… they do!
I’m not sure which is the whackier story this weekend. Jedi nations on the moon or laser defences being dragged through the courts in Israel. Either way – you have to admit it’s never dull around here.Â I suppose all that remains to be said at this point is… may the force be with you, you crazy wingnuts!?!