Fiji achieved independence from Great Britain in 1970, but don’t ask the government to prove it. The actual legal document proclaiming their independence seems to have been misplaced.
The historic document was presented to the Fiji government by the Prince of Wales on October 10, 1970. The document formalized the British government’s relinquishment of any claim to the island nation. The nation’s first constitution was based upon this very significant piece item.
Unfortunately, since 2005, no one seems to be able to remember where the document was placed. Despite a thorough search by several government departments, no one has been able to turn up the founding document for the modern nation of Fiji.
Left with no other alternative, red-faced diplomats reached out to the British government in 2010 and requested a photocopy. The United Kingdom graciously complied with the request. One can’t help but wonder if anyone at 10 Downing Street toyed with the idea of responding with, “Independence? Who said anything about independence? By the way…. We need to talk to you about forty years of delinquent taxes….”