Alaska's King

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Monday, May 30, 2005

THOUGHTS ON THE FIRST COMMUNITY

THOUGHTS ON THE FIRST COMMUNITY


Here are some thoughts, ideas, and other materials for your consideration, but first some more background.


I have some experience in Remote Settlements. In addition to the various jobs I have had in villages in Arctic Alaska, I have been contracted to jobs in several other countries and have been far off the tourist track, if there was one. Also, in 1998, I contracted a job to design and implement a self-sufficient community here in Alaska, and act as 'front man', for a group who were worried that their lifestyles would be dramatically affected by Y2K or some other disaster. Don't ask for details, as I signed a confidentiality/non-disclosure agreement. I have designed remote exploration and mining camps, and built one medium-sized self-sufficient mining camp. I have worked at many others.


I'm not going to give away every detail on this Blog, so that any hack can claim the work as his own. The problem is between telling enough to get you, the reader, interested, and keeping enough saved for those who are serious.


And if you are thinking that this is some sort of radical survivalist militia retreat, then you need to rethink. This is many things to many people: A place to take your family in a crises, certainly; A place to spend summers, or winters, or to get in some World-Class Fishing and Hunting, definitely; A place to move to after casting off the yoke of your oppressive and stressful work-to-pay-your-credit-cards-and-margins and live free, undoubtedly. A place of your own, where your voice will be heard. A true community, with fresh air, clean food and water, and the freedom to be yourself, to make your own way, and to be a success or failure based on your own actions.


I envision a community that diversifies at it grows. There will be those who will have much to learn, and those who have talents and experience. All will bring something to contribute and trade. Some will be artists; some will be farmers, growing fruits, vegetables, and livestock. Some will be builders, constructing stone and wood structures. Some will operate equipment: clearing land, building roads, keeping the airport and dock in good working order, mining natural resources; some will be supplying fish, game, and other wild foods or timber; others flying airplanes or driving boats that bring in supplies and carry out salable products. Some will be doing the job that they had before, such as management, technical trades, and other skills, only from a remote location, if they desire. The degree of change is up to the individual, and all will see how each is relative to the other.


This proposal is not for a primitive colony. We will have electricity, clean running water, rules and roads, medical and library facilities, a school, a community center, and communication both within and outside the community. Because we are starting with a clean slate, we can design the community as we see fit, and guide it as it grows. Thus, this is not a proposal for a 'commune', but instead something between and an amalgamation. We can expect hard work and growing pains, but we will draw upon the success and failures of those who came before us, and together, build something we can be proud of, profit from (either through personal growth, fulfillment, or progress), and be comfortable with.


If you are happy with the status quo, the way your life is, then this is not for you. If, however, you seek to challenge yourself, to grow, to live your dream, then I urge you to sign on.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Why A King?

I have been emailed with the question; "Why does Alaska need a King, and Why do you think you are he?" or words to that effect.

Have you noticed the fraud that is the election process? One or two rich people, supported by Big Business, two sides of the same coin, are your choices. Are you happy with that? I, and many others, are not. Who knows how many well-qualified candidates are running, but no one ever hears their names, or their positions. Are you happy with the government? Happy with a Judicial system that is obviously corrupt? Do you enjoy the plethora of inane TV shows and the accompanying advertising? Do you subscribe to the mass-produced mass-feed productions masquerading as TV shows and public service 'messages'? Do you feel that there is something else, something that is like a cut in your mouth that you just can't stop tounging?

We need someone who will lead us into the 21st century. Someone who does not kiss the asses of Big Business, of petty Bureaucrats, someone who will tell those who abuse their limited powers to pack up and get out by sundown. Someone who represents The People.

If you like things the way they are, then this is not for you. If you seek something new, a radical change, then stay tuned. I am not advocating a violent overthrow of the Government, I am proposing an experiment.

Why me? Read this blog, and you may find the answer.

King Dennis the First

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Alaska Subsitence

I have been experimenting with subsistence hunting, fishing, trapping, and wild foods.

The four basic elements for survival are: Shelter, Water, Food, and Fire. Each element is involved with the other.

To have shelter near a source of water is best, as food can be eaten without fire. A shelter provides a base from which one can hunt and otherwise gather food, water, firewood, and other materials. Most importantly, it provides a shelter from the elements and a base to which one can return to.

Water is important for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that we are mostly made of water. We won't last a week, in the best conditions, without water.

I don't need to state the importance of food. In addition to nourishment, it provides a degree of comfort, as does fire.

Fire is essential for comfort, to cook and preserve food, and to ward off wild animals and insects.

I'll be posting the results of my experiments with the various elements of survival as I test them out. While this is not the first time I have been in survival situations, this will be the first time I have recorded the results of my experiments.

The Cornerstone is Laid

Today I have begun construction on our stone structure. Inspired by structures I have found and visited in many countries, too numerous to name, and fortunate enough to have an excellent location situated on a high moraine, the source materials contain many stones ranging in size from sand and gravel to giant glacial erratics. The stones include rocks of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary origin.

The site is well-drained, but portions of the lower land includes wetlands, which provide water as well as berries and a defensible space. The forest is mixed willows, alder (great for preserving meat and fish by smoke curing), birch, cottonwood, and spruce. I have grown and am growing corn, beans, peas, beets, kale, mustard, sunflowers, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, tarragon, ruhbarb, oats, potatoes, tomatoes, cantaloupe, pumpkin, zuchinni, carrots, turnips, dill, garlic chives, onions, and much more.

I'm not sure what the final shape of the structure will be. I'm just following the shape of the stones and the land, and taking inspiration from historic structures and Celtic Art. I have lived in and built log cabins, frame houses, a tipi, a yurt, and other structures.

I welcome you to contact me if you wish to participate, for your suggestions for construction, and for suggestions for the name. So far I suggest "Waterstone", for the role water has played in the formation of the deposits from which I am deriving the source materials.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

The Celts

I've been reading a very interesting account of The Celts, titled "The Celts" by Gerhard Herm. From the jacket:

"The epic story of the Western World's third great civilization-Germany's number one bestseller.

The Celts is the 2000-year epic story of the North European civilization that rivaled Greece and Rome for richness, diversity, and power. Originating with fierce naked warriors who collected enemy heads as war trophies, the Celts eventually made their influence felt from the Middle East to the Atlantic, bringing with them a unique culture and mythology, a style of art considered the greatest achievement north of the Alps after the Ice Age. The Romans called them furor celticus and at the height of their empire Ankara, Cologne, Belgrade, and Milan all spoke Celtish. THE CELTS is the remarkable story of our North European cultural ancestors, whose language is still spoken by more than two million people in Brittany, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales."

The book is filled with information I never knew, but find very interesting.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

The King of Alaska

Welcome to the Alaskan Kings Weblog or 'Blog'. This blog will provide you with information about the King of Alaska and the future Alaskan Kings. If you came here looking for information about the fish, Alaskan King Salmon, then you will find it, but this site is about the past, present, and future Kings of the Empire of Alaska.





I am King Dennis, the first King of Alaska, descendant of Tiege Mor, a http://www.rootsweb.com/~irlkik/ihm/conkings.htm Celtic King of Ireland. He ruled the southern fifth of Ireland, then known as Connaught. You will notice striking similarities between the Highlands of Scotland, Ireland, and the areas of Alaska that you will see on this site. You may also be surprised to find that you are of Celtic origin, for the Celts expanded and occupied an area from the far north to beyond the Mediterranean.


The first historical recorded encounter of a people displaying the cultural traits associated with the Celts comes from northern Italy around 400 BC, when a previously unkown group of barbarians came down from the Alps and displaced the Etruscans from the fertile Po valley, a displacement that helped to push the Etruscans from history's limelight. The next encounter with the Celts came with the still young Roman Empire, directly to the south of the Po. The Romans in fact had sent three envoys to the beseiged Etruscans to study this new force. We know from Livy's The Early History of Rome that this first encounter with Rome was quite civilized:

[The Celts told the Roman envoys that] this was indeed the first time they had heard of them, but they assumed the Romans must be a courageous people because it was to them that the [Etruscans] had turned to in their hour of need. And since the Romans had tried to help with an embassy and not with arms, they themselves would not reject the offer of peace, provided the [Etruscans] ceded part of their superfluous agricultural land; that was what they, the Celts, wanted.... If it were not given, they would launch an attack before the Romans' eyes, so that the Romans could report back how superior the Gauls were in battle to all others....The Romans then asked whether it was right to demand land from its owners on pain of war, indeed what were the Celts doing in Etruria in the first place? The latter defiantly retorted that their right lay in their arms: To the brave belong all things.

The Roman envoys then preceded to break their good faith and helped the Etruscans in their fight; in fact, one of the envoys, Quintas Fabius killed one of the Celtic tribal leaders. The Celts then sent their own envoys to Rome in protest and demand the Romans hand over all members of the Fabian family, to which all three of the original Roman envoys belonged, be given over to the Celts, a move completely in line with current Roman protocol. This of course presented problems for the Roman senate, since the Fabian family was quite powerful in Rome. Indeed, Livy says that:

The party structure would allow no resolution to be made against such nobleman as justice would have required. The Senate...therefore passed examination of the Celts' request to the popular assembly, in which power and influence naturally counted for more. So it happened that those who ought to have been punished were instead appointed for the coming year military tribunes with consular powers (the highest that could be granted).

The Celts saw this as a mortal insult and a host marched south to Rome. The Celts tore through the countryside and several battalions of Roman soilders to lay seige to the Capitol of the Roman Empire. Seven months of seige led to negotiations wherby the Celts promised to leave their siege for a tribute of one thousand pounds of gold, which the historian Pliny tells was very difficult for the entire city to muster. When the gold was being weighed, the Romans claimed the Celts were cheating with faulty weights. It was then that the Celts' leader, Brennus, threw his sword into the balance and and uttered the words vae victis "woe to the Defeated". Rome never withstood another more humiliating defeat and the Celts made an initial step of magnificent proportions into history.

Other Roman historians tell us more of the Celts. Diodorus notes that:

Their aspect is terrifying...They are very tall in stature, with ripling muscles under clear white skin. Their hair is blond, but not naturally so: they bleach it, to this day, artificially, washing it in lime and combing it back from their foreheads. They look like wood-demons, their hair thick and shaggy like a horse's mane. Some of them are cleanshaven, but others - especially those of high rank, shave their cheeks but leave a mustache that covers the whole mouth and, when they eat and drink, acts like a sieve, trapping particles of food...The way they dress is astonishing: they wear brightly coloured and embroidered shirts, with trousers called bracae and cloaks fastened at the shoulder with a brooch, heavy in winter, light in summer. These cloaks are striped or checkered in design, with the separate checks close together and in various colors.
[The Celts] wear bronze helmets with figures picked out on them, even horns, which made them look even taller than they already are...while others cover themselves with breast-armor made out of chains. But most content themselves with the weapons nature gave them: they go naked into battle...Weird, discordant horns were sounded, [they shouted in chorus with their] deep and harsh voices, they beat their swords rhythmically against their shields.

Diodorus also describes how the Celts cut off their enemies' heads and nailed them over the doors of their huts, as Diodorus states:

In exactly the same way as hunters do with their skulls of the animals they have slain...they preserved the heads of their most high-ranking victims in cedar oil, keeping them carefully in wooden boxes.

Diodorus Siculus, History.


I extend this welcome to all the far flung peoples looking for a home, for a leader, and for hope. For those who chose to join, I welcome you; for those who chose to fight, I promise you a battle. Prepare yourself for defeat. No one will remember your name.


For those who wish to join, know this: I am seeking honest men and women, those that are true to themselves as well as our cause. Our motto is “Semper Fidelis”, which translated from the Latin means “Always Faithful”. “Garrett” is Celtic for “The Watcher” and Dennis is from Dionysius, the Greek God of wine, women, and song. I am the firstborn son of Garrett, Chance, and Fain families, whose combined family heritage can be traced back to their distinguished assistance in and before the Battle of Hastings in 1066 a.d, and the Legend of King Arthur. Together we have hewn a gold mine from the wilderness and wildlands of Bush Alaska, despite the opposition of petty colonial bureaucrats, bears and moose, scammers, and the wilderness itself, and have created opportunities for many others.


While you may believe that Alaska is a state of the United States, it is in fact treated as a Colony of the U.S., an Occupied Territory, a source of raw minerals, most importantly oil, and secondary for tourism and recreation. Unlike the maps you see on the television, Alaska is not a small island off the coast of Mexico, it is larger than one fifth of the rest of the U.S., and has more coastline than all the rest of the U.S. put together. It also has the most oil and other natural resources. Alaska has the largest zinc mine, and the largest contained gold resource gold, in the world. Alaska also has the most Veterans of anyplace in the U.S. And we're just getting started.


ABOUT ME: I am the son of a U.S. Navy SeaBee, the grandson of a WWII Army Infantryman and Seminole warrior, descended of Celtic chieftains and Nordic explorers, my heritage can be traced back to before 800 A.D. I carry on that tradition to this day as a warrior, scientist, explorer, artist, and leader. I am the first King of Alaska, the descendant to the throne of the Empire of Alaska. I do not aspire to be your governor, your senator, or your congressman. I am your King, the King of Alaska.


MORE FACTS OF HISTORY: Newgrange was constructed in 3200 b.c., making it more than 600 years older than the Great Pyramids in Giza, and 1,000 years more ancient than Stonehenge. It is easily one of the oldest known structures on Earth. Known in Gaelic as Uaimh na Gréine, 'the cave of the sun', Newgrange is a pagan monument, with a vaulted roof and a cruciform design.