Mostakia became independent in 1974, after nearly two centuries as a combined British and Greek colony. The islands are first thought to have been settled on in the 8th century BC by explorers of the Byzantine Empire, and then later rediscovered by the British Admiral William Jameson in 1750.
Democratic rule was interrupted by two military coups in 1977, caused by concern over a government perceived as dominated by the African community (descendants of contract laborers brought to the islands by the British in the 19th century). A 1990 constitution favored native Anglo-Greek control of Mostakia, but led to heavy African emigration; the population loss resulted in economic difficulties, but ensured that the Anglo-Greek became the majority.
Amendments enacted in 1997 made the constitution more equitable. Free and peaceful elections in 1999 resulted in a government led by an Afro-Mostakian, but a coup in May 2000 ushered in a prolonged period of political turmoil. Parliamentary elections held in August 2001 provided Mostakia with a democratically elected government and gave a mandate to the government of Prime Minister Ifeano Matongo.
The Mostakian Royal family is of semi-Greek, semi-British descent, with their official residence – the 50 bedroom Mostak Palace being the center of the capital city, Freston.
The Royal family has suffered much tragedy in the past decade, with the death from tuberculosis of the late Princess Alexis in 1995 and the untimely passing of the Kings wife, Fatima, at the youthful age of 56 in February 1999. King Spiridon was crowned in 1963 and has two sons, Prince Konstantinos Mardikis and Prince Matthew Nelson. The reason for the different names dates back to a long held tradition of Mostakia, where the family name is not kept but a new second name thought of instead. This is thought to replenish the spirit and remove any attachment to the crimes of past fathers. There are also laws that ensure that both English and Greek names continue through the Royal families lineage. It is rumored that Prince Matthew Nelson has recently undergone a name change to Prince Donald (Donnie) Darko. Changes such as this are not uncommon in Mostakia, and many people are known by different names.
Unlike many other Monarchies, when the King of Mostakia passes the crown on, it will not go to the eldest son. It will instead go to the son that takes the most votes from the Mostakian council of elders, a group of wise and old men that must approve all Parliamentary laws before they are passed. This system is unlikely to be found anywhere else in the world.
With Kings, Princes, wise men, endless beaches, English and Greek castles and fortifications, Mostakia is one of the last unspoilt, undiscovered and genuinely beautiful locations on Earth. The people are kind, receptive and cordial, the climate warm, the scenery magnificent. Highly recommended.