The Great Council of Chiefs, Waikava, Vanua Levu. The Great Council of Chiefs meeting at Waikava was opened by Governor Gordon on 20 November 1876 and lasted nearly 3 weeks. Gordon outlined his plans for indirect rule and established procedures for future meetings. Numerous resolutions were adopted and at the end of the meeting a letter to Queen Victoria was signed by the principal chiefs. Various people came to the climax of the meeting which included a feast, dancing and a solevu. Partly butchered turtles presented before a chief’s house.
"It would appear as if the law has two sides: some are punished, some are not...The law says that all are equal before the law: - rich and poor, high and low. It is not among us. Some are judged, some escape, and the people of the land are wondering" - A magistrate from Macuata remarking in 1885, on more powerful chiefs in the GCC whose abuse of power generally went unpunished.
"...Secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy... censorship. When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, 'This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,' the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives." --Robert A. Heinlein, -If This Goes On
Norway-Sweden Disunion: The 1905 Velvet Divorce: As Recorded In The Private Diary of British Diplomatist Sir James Rennell Rodd in Scandinavia [Kindle Edition] Victor Lal (Author);
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