Google’s unofficial motto has long been the simple phrase “don’t be evil.”. It has been part of the company’s corporate code of conduct for along time. However, Google retained its original “don’t be evil” language until the past several months. After a corporate restructuring under the conglomerate Alphabet Inc. in October 2015, it took "Do the right thing" as its motto, also forming the opening of its corporate code of conduct, until slowly “Don’t be evil,” was almost entirely removed from the technology giant’s code of conduct.
According to independent reports the famous motto is now included only once in the 6,313-word document, right at the very end as a final aside: “And remember… don’t be evil, and if you see something that you think isn’t right – speak up!”. Well, Google, we are. You see, when Vema Seamount and its adjacent waters was declared sovereign, Mount Vema was informing the public through google sites. A platform to publish basic websites at the time.
Because it was a work in progress, new ways of publishing the official works of the realm were being introduced, which became what is today www.mount-vema.com. That is when the problem started. Don’t be evil, became evil. Google the tech giant started to abuse its dominance by manipulating search results against: Mount Vema, Kingdom of Mount Vema, and anything related to the City of Mount Vema project.
When Mount Vema was using google sites as the official sites, it ranked top on its search engines. When Mount Vema moved to other service providers it was punished by Google. Now it goes like this, Google places negative articles like the ones created by geek.com on top of their search engines, then Google contacts Mount Vema to advertise, so to enable Mount Vema or the Kingdom of Mount Vema to be placed back on top of Google search engines, it has been like this for years, until Mount Vema officials realised what was happening and stopped advertising with Google.
Mount Vema lost so much money, in investments and deals because of Google, until Mount Vema concluded that it was fighting pure evil. Who uses an article written by a racist organization who gets away with it in the name of free press, and that organization is www.geek.com.
Geek.com calls Mount Vema a: crazy, elaborate scam of the underwater Kingdom of Vema. It starts with: “If you haven’t heard of The Kingdom of Mount Vema, don’t worry: it is very tiny and, at the moment, none of it is above water.” That is correct. It is tiny, and none will be above the water unless the Vema Seamount Authority says so.
“The future floating Kingdom of Vema is actually a seamount, a mountain under the sea that does not break the surface of the ocean. Vema Seamount is in the Atlantic ocean off the coast of South Africa, and is notable because Googling it to find out more will send you down a very crazy internet, potentially money laundering rabbit hole.” Well, well informed people would describe it different. Vema Seamount, its adjacent waters and its manageable natural resource (fish) which can be exported as food and related seafood products, is a manageable territory. So, we don’t see any crazy internet or potential laundering rabbit hole, here. Maybe in the crazy internet world of geek.com
“According to a network of websites, Vema Seamount declared itself a sovereign territory in 2006, and the Sovereign of Mount Vema — His Majesty King Peter Goldishman of Mount Vema — declared himself the leader of “The Kingdom of Mount Vema,” a mountain he would pile sand on top of to make an island by 2014. He would then hold his coronation and preside over many happy tourists and scientists who would immigrate there.” There are, no network of websites, simply sites published to provide the services needed to maintain the territory. “Peter Goldishman declared the territory sovereign”, so what, anyone could have done it. Vema Seamount didn’t belong to anyone. We see no piles of sand anywhere. That is very unlikely to happen for an economy which depends mostly on fish. Monarchy is the chosen system of Government, nothing more. We see no one preparing for coronation.
“For how much information is available about the Kingdom at mountvema.com, you’d think there would be more about the plans to build an entire functioning kingdom on top of the seamount, but the subjects of King Peter seem to think this diagram of the kingdom’s territories (fiefdoms?) answers all the basic questions anyone could have about building a floating country:” Perhaps www.geek.com never heard of ‘work in progress’.
“Considering there is, at this moment, nothing above water in the Kingdom of Mount Vema, it might surprise you that the country has a market claiming it can ship things to you, a group that plans dance-based networking events, and a Miss Mount Vema Pageant. Mount Vema also has currency, which is graced with the face of His Majesty King Peter Goldishman:” Although you www.geek.com have just contradicted yourself. We are happy to break it down for you: Yes, it has a market, and shipping is possible to support any vessel scheduled to stay at sea in Mount Vema for longer periods of time. The shipping company advertises its price as a guide to enable others to better plan, in term of cost. Events are part of the plans, it helps business people and individuals plan ahead, unless www.geek.com operates on day-to-day bases. No budget, no schedule, nothing. Currency, sorry www.geek.com, we much rather manage our own finances, and have on our currency the face of anyone we wish to.
“Whereas the details about ballroom dancing lessons and an “active” TV station are entertaining, the amount of attention paid to building a phony economy are telling. The Kingdom of Mount Vema doesn’t seem to be a whimsical fantasy, like when you and your childhood friends declared your backyard was seceding from the United States — it seems to be a front for some sort of scam.” Sorry www.geek.com unfortunately some of us and I am certain that Peter too, didn’t have the luxury that you and your childhood friends had of declaring your backyard as seceding from the United States. We, just like the founders of the United States, are trying to build a new world. No scam here, we have reasons to aim to build something new for ourselves. I am sure you don’t need to think that way, because if you did, you would have interpreted our vision differently.
“At the very base level, this is likely a Nigerian Prince scam. In the age of the more savvy internet user that can easily Google and realize that Nigeria declared themselves a Republic in 1963, it helps to have royalty that actually appears legitimate when you are trying to fleece people out of money.” Peter Goldishman is not from Nigeria, and just the fact that you are associating him with Nigeria it shows just how racist you are and how racist your article is. Peter is a black man, you could associate him with any other black or white person from any other country, but it must be Nigeria. Is it that all Nigerians are the same? We don’t think so.
There is so much about your crazy and backwards thinking news article, that it would take us the entire week to respond. The only sad thing is that it is the same malicious news article that people use to judge us, including Google. Google uses it against Mount Vema when it comes to rankings on its search engines. As if Mount Vema and geek.com were some sort of competitors, and then Google says don’t be evil, well who is being evil? Not us!
In 2010, the EU began its investigation, after British price comparison site Foundem, French legal search engine eJustice.fr, and Microsoft-owned Ciao from Bing complained that Google's practices put competitors at a disadvantage. But the regulators didn't formally accuse the Google of an antitrust violation until 2015. The commission analyzed the results of 1.7 billion real Google search queries—around 5.2 terabytes of data—and concluded that, on average, the company placed results from competing online shopping services only on the fourth page of its results.
Google has largely escaped similar scrutiny in the US. Federal Trade Commission staffers recommended a lawsuit against Google over unfair business practices back in 2012, according to documents acquired by The Wall Street Journal in 2015. But, ultimately, FTC commissioners decided not to pursue a lawsuit after Google made a few changes, such as allowing companies like TripAdvisor and Yelp opt out of having their content used in Google's own services.
This year, Sir Tim Berners-Lee has launched a "Magna Carta for the web", warning that tech giants must change their ways to save the online world from the dangerous forces they have unleashed.
Sir Tim, who invented the World Wide Web in 1989, called for a "revolution" in how the internet is regulated and monetised in order to stem abuse, political polarisation and fake news. Speaking at the Web Summit in Lisbon to launch a new "contract for the web" he asks internet companies to uphold a set of principles such as protecting privacy and being transparent about their algorithms. Facebook and Google have backed the contract, which will be agreed in detail next year, despite both companies being mentioned by its creator as examples of how "the web we know and love" is under threat. “…we have people being profiled in a way that they can be manipulated by clever ads…” He said. Will they do something about it? Will see.
Law of the Sea Treaty (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea)
MARPOL 73/78 (International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships)
The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961
The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations 1963
The Right to Self-Determination
Many believe because our community is not a member of the United Nations and is only just over a decade old, doing business with the Kingdom of Mount Vema is not possible for foreign nationals and foreign companies seeking to take advantage of the business opportunities the floating city project is creating. Nothing could be further from the truth. The territory doesn't need a United Nations membership to function as a sovereign territory, or to exercise its inalienable right for self-determination