The King's Speech on the 40th Anniversary of Independence:
A message from King Richard, Coeur des Livres:
People of Hay, I send you greetings on this the Fortieth Anniversary of Independence for Hay. I am sorry not to be able to join you in person for the magnificent programme of festivities organised on your behalf by the Chamber of Commerce and other loyal citizens. Sadly, at this time although the spirit is willing, the flesh is weak and on this occasion I regrettably will have to be absent from the revels and celebrations, which are to mark the end of the fourth decade of Home Rule for Hay and the beginning of the fifth.
Through Independence for Hay, we have already demonstrated the power of international publicity to create a new international economy in what is a new international world. Hay is now world famous not only for its books and culture, but for the revolutionary spirit of its citizens, who have struggled for forty years against an overwhelming tide of government bureaucrats, quangos and big business corporations, who have sought to stifle our peoples’ originality for the benefit of their own agendas. Many of us recall how in the early days we cried from the barricades “The class war is over, now it’s the war against the officials…”
Moreover, in 1978 Hay led the world by being the first European nation to free itself of the tyranny of the bureaucrats in Brussels and quit the EEC. Following Hay’s Hexit from the EU, it brings me great joy to see that our neighbours and allies, the people of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland have followed our example nearly four decades later, by voting for Brexit – yet another reason for celebrations!
Finally, may I wish each of you every success and happiness in the future; may the Independent Kingdom of Hay flourish during the decades to come, and thank you for your loyal support and allowing me to reign for the past forty years as your King.
I look forward to seeing you all soon…