Great Yobbos in History: Prince Leonard of Hutt.
In 1969, the WA government imposed quotas on the production of wheat. Farmers across the state had tough limits imposed on what they could produce, but some suffered more than others under the policy. Leonard Casley, a farmer near Northampton, Western Australia, was restricted to 1647 bushels for the year. This miniscule production limit would be insufficient to even pay their interest, let alone provide income for his family.
Lenny Casley wasn’t happy with this situation and appealed to the government, who told him to get stuffed. Never really all too keen on authority, Lenny enacted an antiquated law that was left over from the Feudal system of England. This law of “Unjust Enrichment” enabled Lenny to lay claim to government land surrounding his farm, which would in turn increase his quota to a level high enough to make a living.
He suceeded in taking the land from the government, who in return rushed through a bill to allow them to resume any rural lands. Common Law was again called up, this time allowing Lenny’s family to form a “self-preservation government” and claim independence from the state of WA and the nation of Australia. The peoples of the Hutt River Province offered Soveriegnty to Her Majesty the Queen. She accepted, but the Hutt River Province was never formally acknowledged by the Australian government, and still isn’t today.
A change in government soon after the independence of the HRP saw a threat to their newly formed nation. In response to threats by the new Australian PM to close down their operation, the administrators of the Hutt River Province decided to change to a Principality, which bestowed the title of Prince on Leonard, and all the protection of the crown that comes with it. The effect of this change was that any challenge to undermine the operations of Prince Leonard would be treated as treason against the Commonwealth, and the HRP was safe from the Australian Invaders.
Prince Leonard has ruled his nation peacefully for the last 30-some years, even overtaking Australia on civil issues such as the drafting of a Bill of Rights for his people. He also revived the romantic notion of Chivalry in the HRP, and has bestowed honours of Knightship on those who have served the Principality well. Considered by many to be a tax-dodger, eccentric, insane or even a traitor, he continues his tongue-in-cheek protest to this day, to the extent of issuing his own currency, stamps, and citizenships. The HRP has 13,000 citizens (most living abroad) and embassies in 8 countries.
More information can be found here (as well as a great deal of the information I have already plagiarised). Prince Leonard is a living example of the Aussie Larrikin spirit: May his reign be long and prosperous.