History of West Who
The Republic of West Who began in late 1969. West Who is named after the Who's a group of people in a book by Dr. Suess. A quote by Dr. Suess in Horton Hears a Who "a person’s a person, no matter how small" was adapted by founding citizens of West Who to "a country is a country, no matter how small." West Who was established in 1969, by John Farr. His friend Craig Carter created a rival nation called Iswas. Farr became the president of West Who and Carter the prime minister of Iswas. Both nations were part of the Federation Treaty of California micronations, a group of thirteen micronations started in the 1970s. The students created currency, postage stamps, civilian government, newspapers and other aspects of a country. They declared their independence from the United States, where the micronations were located. Others joined with them to create their own countries and the various micronations declared war on each other, made alliances and functioned as small nations for several years.
West Who Five dollar bill from 1970
Historical Facts and items from West Who
Historical Fact - This letter was mailed to the West Who Embassy in 1972 by Prime Minister Craig Carter of Iswas, a micronation in California. Notice the two 5 cent Iswas stamps. The interesting part is the United States Post Office cancelled the stamps. Prime Minister Carter maintained that this was defacto recognition of Iswas by the United States government. West Who and Iswas were among 14 micronations that developed in the 1970s in California.
West Who Foreign Minister Michael Farr and his brother Bill Farr traveled around the globe in 1985. While in Sydney, Australia they sent a telegram to President of West Who John Farr marking his 28th birthday. This is another artifact from the West Who National Archives.
Invitation from the 1981 West Who Independence Day celebrations held in Corona, California celebrating the 12th anniversary of West Who's independence. This document is part of the National Archives holdings on early West Who history.
From the National Archives located in Whoville, West Who is a copy of the the Whoville News from November 30, 1973. The news was printed on a ditto machine and copies were circulated to citizens and leaders of other micronations located near West Who.
In late 1971, President Farr assumed complete control of the West Who government declaring that West Who was no longer a republic and was now an empire. Keeping the title of president, Farr in fact became a benovelant dictator. In reality little changed in West Who. The population of the nation was so small that the Congress did not function as a counter weight to the President. There were no sitting members of the Supreme Court to declare the power grab unconstitutional. For several years, West Who was an empire though eventually President Farr dropped Empire from the official title of West Who. Many years later citizens voted in a referendum to change the nation's name back to the Republic of West Who.
West Who currency from 1973
There were 14 micronations that developed in Southern California in the early 1970s. The Federation Treaty officially called the Treaty of the Charter Members of the Federation was signed by four California Micronations in 1972. The leaders of the nations of Iswas (Craig Carter), USSM (Mark Jones), West Who (John Farr) and Now What (Randy Jensen) signed a mutual aid treaty. The four nations were among fourteen micronations that developed in California in the early 1970s. The Federation Treaty agreed that member nations would create a federation force which would amount to 5% of the military of each nation to act as a security and protection force. It also stipulated that signatories should expect kindness from each other, not declare war on each other and behave as the treaty stated as "an ally is an ally forever". The treaty was signed by Prime Minister Craig Carter, Supreme Commander Mark Jones, President John Farr and Emperor Randy Jensen in Corona, California.
California micronations of the 1970s. The Federation Treaty members came from a group of micronations established between 1969 and 1975 in southern California. The nations and leaders of these micronations were: West Who - President John Farr, Iswas - Prime Minister Craig Carter, U.S.S.M (United Socialists Serving Mark) - Supreme Commander Mark Jones, Now What - Emperor Randy Jensen, Republic of Nitshky Vitskay - President Dyke Reese, North Where - President Mike Farr, New Burg - Leader Billy Farr, Confederation of Merea - President Jim Drake, Wassaki - Dictator Brian Limbaugh, South Has - Leader Gary Becker, South Why - President Glenn Miles, Has Been - President Ronnie Hall and Phantom Island - President Darrell Johnson. All these nations are defunct with the exception of West Who.
In 1971, the Great State of Iswas declared war on West Who. Prime Minister Craig Carter the leader of Iswas accused the West Who Navy of seizing several Iswas ships. In a letter to President John Farr in 1971 Carter stated "If this practice is not discontinued we will have to take drastic action. So you ask what we mean by drastic action. Iswas has been contemplating declaring war on the honorable but hostile state of West Who." Carter went on to say that West Who had seized seven trade ships belonging to Iswas. He also demanded a $10,000 dollar settlement. Before West Who officials could respond Iswas declared war. The war did not last long. Generally, the micronations in southern California settled their wars by playing a game of RISK. The winner won the war.
Historical artifact from West Who's early years
The national achives recently found an autograph from Prime Minister Craig Carter of IsWas to President John Farr of West Who from the year 1970. The autograph is one of the oldest items relating to West Who's early years as a micronation. The Prime Minister's autograph was in a Corona Junior High yearbook, which was the school both students attended in California. West Who and Iswas were established during the 1969-1970 school year.
Republic of West Who - A Happy place for everyone
Since 1969 West Who has been an independent nation, with citizens living in over 40 nations around the world.
West Who citizens may purchase a passport for $25 US, go to the general information section of this website.
Check out the West Who Flag video on YouTube West Who National Anthem
Horton Hears a Who is the favorite reading book of West Who children.
MicroCon 2019 in Canada was attended by 44 micronations including West Who, check out the video of events MicroCon 2019
The West Who Space and Planet Exploration Agency - Can West Who put a person on the Moon? www.westwhospace.com
What is a micronation? Watch this HBO/Vice News story and find out. It features MicroCon 2017 an international summit of micronations, including West Who.
West Who e-Passports are available to citizens for $25 US dollars or ($125 West Who dollars). Contact the Ministry of Citizen Affairs for more information.
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