South African fishing vessel SEA HUNTER has been fined and banned from entering Mount Vema following a report submitted to the Vema Seamount Authority indicating the fishing vessel was spotted fishing without a Mount Vema fishing licence on the 25th and 26th of May 2019.
This is the third penalty this year, with more to come as Mount Vema continues to investigate claims that ships continue to switch off their Automatic Identification System (AIS), to carry on fishing illegally over Vema Seamount.
Illegal fishing activities is becoming an issue for the Mount Vema police as it is an expensive operation especially for the Organized Crime Division and Anti-Drugs, who monitors activities over Vema Seamount 24/7 to prevent Mount Vema from becoming a trans-shipment hotspot for illegal activities.
The office of the Vema Seamount Authority has issued a statement today to clarify that the Kingdom of Mount Vema does not intend to initiate any confrontation with any nation today or ever, but it expects everyone to obey the laws of the Kingdom of Mount Vema, especially when sailing through the Vema Seamount Territorial waters, as it will not hesitate to enforce the law with overwhelming force if necessary.
His Mount Vema Majesty’s government will commission five speed boats for the Mount Vema Police, with ten more to follow next year. The boats will be used to enforce the law of the realm, protect people and property, and to prevent crime.
The powers of the Mount Vema police are like those of the Royal Mount Vema Coast Guard and includes the power of arrest and the legitimized use of force. However, the Coast Guard is part of the Ministry of Defense and the Police force is separated from the Military, or other organizations involved in the defense of the realm against foreign aggressors.
Although the police force will be mainly a public sector service, funded through fees and taxes, they also form part of the Mount Vema Royal Guards, especially the armed police units that will provide law enforcement support to the unarmed police.
The Police forces will include both preventive (uniformed) police and detectives, protecting life and property, enforcing criminal law, criminal investigations, crowd control, and other public safety duties. Although the police will be small in comparison to countries with large cities, the Mount Vema police forces will be generally organized as a hierarchy with multiple ranks.
Most of the duties will be available as a 24/7 service, and when not responding to call-outs, they will do work aimed at preventing crime both on surface and underwater. In some cases, the police will be assigned to work undercover, where they will conceal their police identity to investigate crimes, such as organized crime, or narcotics crime, that are unsolvable by other means.
Most undercover officers, like detectives will be recruited from the uniformed branch who, will be recruited from private security contractors that once qualified will be allowed to join the uniformed branch or to take exams to move to the detective branch.
The Mount Vema police services will also rely on part-time or volunteer officers, some of whom may have other jobs outside policing. These may be paid positions or entirely volunteer to be known as the special police who will be unarmed like most of the officers who will not carry firearms as a matter of course, mainly because in Mount Vema, civilians will have no right to own or carry fire arms.
The police will have specialist units for handling armed offenders and, can call on military aid if needed, which can use deadly force as last resort when necessary to save human life.
The new police boats will be marked with appropriate logos equipped with the ability to extinguish fires and will have sirens and flashing light bars to aid in making others aware of police presence. They will also be equipped with the latest radio communications equipment, to co-ordinate their work, share information, and get help quickly.
Mobile data terminals will be included to enhance the ability of police communications, enabling easier dispatching of calls, criminal background checks on persons of interest to be completed in a matter of seconds, and updating officers' daily activity log and other required reports on a real-time basis.
The officers handling the boats will focus on crime prevention, and like other officers, they will be rotating police officers from district to district to reduce their vulnerability to corruption. They will be recruited with high police salaries to attract professionally qualified officers.
Mount Vema Country Code: MOV and 507 (Codes currently used by Mount Vema)
Proposed ISO Country Code: MOV and 507
Proposed Telephone Country Code: +294
Proposed Top-Level Domain: .ov
Currency Code: VSG
International Treaties – Ratified by the Kingdom of Mount Vema
Law of the Sea Treaty (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea)
MARPOL 73/78 (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