Twelve people have been arrested and thirty are being investigated in Italy for having invented the “Antarctic Theocratic State of San Giorgio” with which they scammed nearly 700 people by promising nationality to be able to pay less taxes, have passports, land and even receive titles nobles.

The operation, called “The island that does not exist”, was launched by the Catanzaro Police, in the Calabria region, in April 2021 after a search of a building that had been indicated as the diplomatic headquarters of the fictitious State.

The criminal network made believe that this nation existed with autonomous sovereignty and privileges “by virtue of the Antarctic Treaty of 1959” and took care of carrying out the procedures to grant nationality to whoever requested it, in exchange for between 200 and 1,000 euros. In about a year, the members had raised about 400,000 euros.

The police report that, in addition to having created a website on the State, they had launched the publication of an Official State Gazette and the creation of various institutions, such as the Presidency, the Court of Justice, the Supreme Court, delegations territorial

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