Over four years ago I had an idea of contacting Amazon and creating a Cyber Brownsville Oregon. I have posted on forming the nation of Fromond. I am also set up to take over the Legends that J.R. Tolkien began in his books, that were inspired by William Morris. The Liberal Left needs to found an American Euro Union, a Bond that will last the ages, a Bond that will take on mutual foes.
If you become the Virtual Owner of a Bohemian castle via bidding, then you hold the title ‘Sheriff’. Your job is to settle disputes and solve virtual problems. You are sworn to protect your castle and lands from all enemies of Bohemia, such as, the twelve Russian army officers indicted by Mueller. Hunting down and capturing Russian Trolls, is a priority.
Czechs will be able to buy stock in Bohemian Hot Spots in the U.S. This is all in the planning stage. We will have our own Travel Agency and Hostels. We can have Space Exchange where Bohemian Travelers swap dwellings. I saw Gandalf as a Sheriff of the Shire. He is a Peacemaker. We Bohemians avoid war, but, will never back down.
The study of the events of 1948 holds the key to the future of Europe. I need help in authoring a Constitution. I see Nine Judges, a Board of Directors, and Secular Guilds that may issue limited Trading Seals. There will be an application form aimed at weeding out Christians who want to take over the whole world, by any means, and, will roll over a nation to this end. Jesus did not found a church. He prepared his followers for ‘The Terrible Day of the Lord’ that was a NO SHOW!
I want to avoid elections because Putin and Trump, of the Christian Conquest, have all but destroyed the idea of Democracy. The Bohemian Way of Life has a long and prosperous history that can bring people together for all the right – secular reasons!
“Will Bohemia arise in Oakland,” was the question asked in an article in the Oakland Tribune on April 22, 1917. The reporter told of the formation of an artist’s club of the East Bay with a membership of more than 30 painters, sculptors and art students including Selden Gile, William H. Clapp and William A. Gaw (1891-1973). Many of the things that made the area seem so desirable to “The Six” were mentioned in that review, such as the picturesque waterfront and the sunny rolling hills above the Bay. Oakland was depicted as “…a Bohemia where kindred spirits meet with art and the great adventures that stimulate art to color its atmosphere.”
For almost 10 years, 1917 to 1927, until Selden Gile moved to Belvedere, his cabin on Chabot Road in Oakland was the weekly meeting place for “The Six.” The “Chow House,” as it was called, had electricity but no toilet or bath.
The word sheriff is a contraction of the term “shire reeve“. The term, from the Old English scīrgerefa, designated a royal official responsible for keeping the peace (a “reeve”) throughout a shire or county on behalf of the king. The term was preserved in England notwithstanding the Norman Conquest. From the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, the term spread to several other regions, at an early point to Scotland, latterly to Ireland and to the United States.
In British English, the political or legal office of a sheriff, term of office of a sheriff, or jurisdiction of a sheriff, is called a shrievalty in England and Wales, and a sheriffdom in Scotland.
The Impact of NATO Membership in the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 1999, in the alliance’s first round of post-Cold War enlargement. Their accession represents a milestone in their integration into the trans-Atlantic community and a recognition by long-standing NATO members that they had made a successful transition in establishing democratic political systems and market economies. Nevertheless, the Czech Republic’s first two years of membership in NATO have had more than their share of problems.
Just like Poland and Hungary, the Czech Republic has had trouble fulfilling its obligations towards the alliance and has faced daunting problems in restructuring its Cold War legacy military into an organization compatible with the alliance framework. But, differentiating the Czechs from Hungarians and Poles, some foreign and security policies of the Czech Republic have seemed at times to dissent from NATO and have introduced doubts within NATO about the country’s reliability as an alliance member.
In order to probe the deeper causes of the seeming Czech ambivalence about NATO and to assess the impact of NATO membership on Czech perceptions of security, Ivan Gabal, Lenka Helsusova, and RAND analyst Thomas Szayna conducted a survey-based study to examine the extent to which the Czech public identifies with its responsibilities as an alliance member. As NATO considers expanding membership to other post-Communist countries, this study provides some lessons regarding the impending next round of enlargement.
The study found that Czechs value and support the security that NATO membership offers. Two-thirds of the public recognizes that effective membership in NATO requires a well-performing Czech military, fully integrated in NATO. The Czech public has a good understanding of the military’s problems and is ready to support fundamental military reform, if there are reasonable assurances that the funds for reform will not be squandered through corruption or poorly thought-out strategy of modernization.
They also found that, even though Czechs are highly critical of the current state of the Czech military, they retain a high level of trust in the armed forces. On the other hand, Czechs show a high level of dissatisfaction with the performance of Czech political and constitutional bodies and are skeptical of their effectiveness in times of crisis.
Strong Czech support for NATO is linked to an awareness of shared responsibility and a commitment to assist allies in time of need. However, the Czechs have not fully internalized the meaning of non-Article 5 alliance operations (Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty states that an attack on one member shall be considered an attack on all and provides for appropriate responses, including the possible use of force.). Without a clear knowledge of the connection between NATO’s peace operations and European security, and absent public debate on these issues, most Czechs interpreted Operation Allied Force, NATO’s action against Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic’s repression of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, as a relapse into Cold War patterns of behavior and an aggression by a military alliance against a sovereign country.
The study found that the main source of Czech hesitation towards NATO is a perception of a low level of influence that the public has on decision-making in security issues. This lack of transparency and public debate in the Czech decision to join NATO, exemplified by the lack of a referendum on the issue, is the main source of the problem. When taxpayers are neither consulted about their views on accession nor informed properly about the costs of accession, as happened in the Czech Republic, both the quality of the new member’s membership is damaged, and NATO has to deal with embarrassments that are potentially damaging to its operations. In other words, shortcomings in the democratic process in the Czech Republic continue to affect Czech attitudes and behavior toward NATO. This is the most pertinent lesson regarding the anticipated next round of enlargement and one that the alliance should not re-learn.
The study’s final report, The Impact of NATO Membership in the Czech Republic: Changing Czech Views of Security, Military, and Defence, was published by the Conflict Studies Research Center. For more details about the study, order the RAND reprint of this report.