1st of August 2022. This bank holiday weekend Mount Vema marks 16 years of statehood. Independence Day has become one of the most special events of the year for the Society, celebrating the day Vema Seamount, and its adjacent waters became a sovereign territory, and officially the Kingdom of Mount Vema.
It may be known today as a seamount, but Mount Vema, is more than just a seamount, it is an ancient island which has eroded by millions of years of wave action.
With the declaration of sovereignty, King Peter, The Vema Seamount Authority, has demonstrated to the world that you don’t cease to exist just because you are underwater. Because what happened to Mount Vema millions of years ago is what will happen to many countries in the future,
How do you deal with it?, you simply adapt to the world’s changing environment and carry on.
There is always the question of legitimacy. When the territory, was declared independent in 2006, Mount Vema became a legitimate sovereign territory because before 2006 it was never a nation or part of a nation, an empire or part of an empire, nor a trusteeship.
Independence - Day, does not represent "independence" in the strict sense, but rather the significant nationhood event which is the founding date of the state.