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Mariachi Azteca Principal, "The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland National Anthem #2"

This delightful vinyl single celebrates the occasion of the inauguration of The Embassy of The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland in Mexico City on 30 August, 2002. It is a perfect demonstration that few things are more serious than well-spun yarns and few things unravel as amusingly as seriousness.


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Amongst many other things, Elgaland-Vargaland has a constitution, a hymn, a coat of arms, a national dish, secret police, embassies, and worldwide Ministers for a wide variety of subjects including Astral Projection, Reinstatement of Obsolete Technology, Change, Nostalgia, Frequencies, Shopping, Bloody Marys, Words (all words ever uttered, written or stated in any form in the past, now or in the future) and Magic, Agriculture, Digital Food, Nothing, Lamination, Shagging, and the rather splendid Ministry for Missing Persons (with no name listed since "The Minister has gone missing, having closed the Ministry - permanently..." ).

The single is in a numbered limited edition of 500 in a lovely and radiant sleeve. The music within is balanced betwixt spirit and dignity in a way that perhaps only a mariachi band could have achieved.  KREV seeks world unification one individual at a time. On 27th of May 1992 at 12 noon GMT, the state of Elgaland-Vargaland was proclaimed by its founders (of Elgaland) Leif Elggren and (of Vargaland) CM von Hausswolff. This after Konungarikena Elgaland-Vargaland decided that from the 14th of March 1992, to annex and occupy the following territories:

"i – All border frontier areas between all countries on earth, and all areas (up to a width of 10 nautical miles) existing outside all countries’ territorial waters. We designate these territories our physical territory.

ii – Mental and perceptive territories such as: the Hypnagogue State (civil), the Escapistic Territory (civil), and the Virtual Room (digital)."

You can't argue with that.

May is traditionally a big month for this state. Accordingly there has been a burst of regal activity with the opening of The Institute of Pataphysics in Santander and the announcement that Elgaland-Vargaland will, on May 27th 2008, inaugurate the new embassy in Zurich, Switzerland, on the site of Cabaret Voltaire, Spiegelgasse 1, CH-8001 Zürich. Then, a day later, Elgaland-Vargaland will annex the Bodensee (Lake Constance) between Switzerland, Austria and Germany "in order to give the nation's mental territories, such as the hypnagoguic state, a necessary physicality." Disappointingly no KREV passports have been issued since 2005 but hopefully mine will now be forthcoming.