Global Country of World Peace

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The Global Country of World Peace (GCWP) was declared by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder and guru of the Transcendental Meditation movement, on Vijayadashami (Victory Day), October 7, 2000.[1] He described it as "a country without borders for peace loving people everywhere".[2][3] GCWP is structured as a kingdom, with Tony Nader as its current Maharajah or Sovereign Ruler.[4]

It became incorporated in the state of Iowa, USA on October 15, 2002 as a non-profit organization with Bevan Morris as its president.[5] The corporation has its headquarters in Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa.[5][6] It has, or is building, capitals in the Netherlands, Iowa, Kansas, West Virginia, Manhattan, and India.

The GCWP has made various unsuccessful attempts at attaining sovereignty as a micronation during the years 2000 to 2002, offering sums in excess of $1 billion to small and impoverished countries in exchange for the sovereignty over part of their territory. It has a global reconstruction program that seeks to rebuild all of the cities and buildings in the world following Maharishi Sthapatya Veda's principles.


The GCWP states as its mission to support existing governments and assist them in creating problem-free administration for their nation through the application of Natural Law.[7] The GCWP aspires to provide peace-creating technologies, such as the Transcendental Meditation technique and TM-Sidhi programs, that also maintain cultural diversity.[7] The GCWP's intention is to have a parental and nourishing role in the family of nations.[7] According to a report from Bloomberg, the GCWP's tax filings relate its mission as the creation of world peace 'by unifying all nations in happiness prosperity, invincibility, and perfect health'.[8]

The GCWP website included an application for citizenship in 2006. Citizenship was open to all peace-loving people who agreed with the country's goals. New citizens would have dual citizenship with Maharishi Vedic America, and they would get a flag and a passport.[9] The ladies' wing of the GCWP is called the "Global Mother Divine Organization".[10]


Ceremonial attire for the Maharajah and the rajahs includes white silk robes, gold medallions, and gold crowns.[11] The Maharaja's crown is larger than the others.[12]


Tony Nader was appointed by the Maharishi as the "First Sovereign Ruler of the Global Country of World Peace".[13] After his coronation in 2000 he was called "Raja Nader Raam",[14] and after the death of the Maharishi in 2008, he became known as "Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam".[15]

Rajahs and ministers

Rajahs are the administrators or nation heads of the GCWP.[16] In 2008, it was reported that 32 or 35 rajahs attended the funeral of the Maharishi.[16][17] The rajah training course costs $1 million.[18] A complete listing of Rajahs and their domains, and of GCWP ministers appeared in the January 2010 issue of E-Gyan, a movement newsletter.[19]

Rajas Domains
Antonio Bartolome Andorra, Angola, Cape Verde Islands, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe, Spain
Bjarne S. Landsfeldt Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Denmark, Malta, Russia, Slovakia, Turkmenistan
Bob LoPinto Gambia, Lesotho, Oman, Philippines, Senegal, South Africa, Vietnam
Bruce Plaut Ethiopia, Nigeria, Samoa, Seychelles, Swaziland, Sweden, Tanzania
Dean Dodrill Austria, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Guinea, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Sudan
Emanuel Schiffgens Bangladesh, Central African Republic, Germany, Iran, Monaco, Nauru, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine
Felix Kägi Albania, Djibouti, Liechtenstein, Malawi, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland
Graham de Freitas Minneapolis,[20] Benin, Botswana, Grenada, Mali, Norway, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda
Harris Kaplan India
Ior Guglielmi Bahrain, Greece, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Niger, Papua New Guinea, San Marino, Sri Lanka[21]
John Hagelin USA
John Konhaus California,[20] Chad, Egypt, Hungary, Jamaica, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Somalia, Uzbekistan
Jose Luis Alvarez Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela
Kingsley Brooks New England,[20] Afghanistan, Georgia, Israel, Democratic Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nepal
Lucien Mansour Belgium, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Gabon, Haiti, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Syria
Mariano Facipieri Eritrea, Ghana, Italy, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Tunisia, Yemen
Michael Dillbeck Chicago,[20] Algeria, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Fiji, France, Latvia, Mauritius, Tonga
Pat Barrett Comoros, Finland, Malaysia, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Singapore, Zimbabwe
Paul Potter New York,[20] Belarus, Burkina Faso, Canada, Cyprus, Kiribati, Montenegro, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Turkey
Peter Warburton Bahamas, Bulgaria, East Timor, Jordan, Palau, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Zambia
Robert Wynne Armenia, Burundi, Iraq, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Vanuatu
Rogers Badgett Atlanta,[20] Australia, Barbados, Estonia, Mauritania, Morocco, Solomon Islands, St Vincent and Grenadines, Tuvalu
Steven Rubin China
Tom Stanley Denver,[20] Belize, Bhutan, Iceland, Ireland, Libya, Mongolia, Tajikistan
Vikram Aditya Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Myanmar, Thailand
Willem Meijles Antigua and Barbuda, Indonesia, Lithuania, Namibia, the Netherlands, Poland, Qatar

Special rajah

  • John Fagan – Food Purity

Purusha rajah

  • Avinoam Barkol
  • Howard Chancellor
  • James Egan
  • John Bright
  • Rafael David[22]
  • Richard Ross


  • Minister of Natural Law: Maharishi Vedic Pandits
  • Minister of Education: Dr. Volker Schanbacher
  • Minister of Health: Rainer Picha, MD
  • Minister of Architecture: Dr. Eike Hartmann
  • Minister of Agriculture: Dr. Alexander Sergeyevich Badera
  • Minister of Trade and Commerce: Dr. Larry Chroman
  • Minister of Defence: Major General (retd.) Dr. Kulwant Singh
  • Minister of Science and Technology: Dr. John Hagelin
  • Minister of Communication: Dr. Peter Swan
  • Minister of Religion and Culture: Dr. Chris Crowell
  • Minister of Administration: Pending appointment
  • Minister of Finance and Planning: Dr. Benjamin Feldman

Raam currency

Raam currency.

The Global Country of World Peace has issued its own currency called the "Raam".[23] The GCWP's plan is to use the Raam as a "catalyst currency" to facilitate the implementation of agriculture and developmental projects throughout the world, to assist in the elimination of international poverty.[3] The currency has been used in Iowa and has been also given approval in The Netherlands where more than 100 Dutch shops, department store chains, in 30 villages and cities are using the notes at a fixed rate of 10 euros per raam.[24]

US Peace Government

Hagelin established the U.S. Peace Government (USPG) on July 4, 2003,[25] as an affiliate of the Global Country of World Peace. The US Peace Government and the Global Country of World Peace were created to promote evidence-based and sustainable solutions as well as policies of governance that are aligned with Natural Law.[25] As president of the USPG,[25] Hagelin presides over a national assembly of USPG state representatives or governors, who in turn preside over US Peace Government assemblies and capital buildings in their respective states.[25] The office of the President of the U.S. Peace Government is at The Jefferson hotel, Washington D.C.[26]


Global Capital for World Peace

The Global Capital for World Peace is based at MERU, Holland, property owned by the Maharishi Foundation near Vlodrop which was the residence of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.[27] It is the site where he proclaimed the creation of the Global Country of World Peace and crowned the Maharaja. It is also houses the campuses of the Maharishi European Research University (MERU) and a Maharishi Vedic University.

Capitals of the Global Country for World Peace

The Mansion, in Maharishi Vedic City

Maharishi Vedic City is the "Capital of the Global Country for World Peace",[28] also called the "Maharishi City Capital of the Age of Enlightenment". "The Mansion" became the headquarters for the Global Country of World Peace in 2002.[29] The city's plan and building code follow Maharishi Sthapatya Veda principles.[30][31] Architecture professor Keller Easterling says that Maharishi Vedic City reflects the GCWP's interest in achieving a "benign form of global sovereignty".[32] Utilizing donations from supporters, the GCWP has built a 210,000-square-foot (20,000 m2) campus there to house 1,050 Vedic pandits from India.[33]

Former Financial Capital, in Manhattan

From 2004 to 2010 the GCWP owned the building located at 70 Broad Street which it called The Financial Capital of the GCWP. It was intended to be an administrative center for a project to raise funds for hospitals, organic farms, and clinics in developing countries, but over time, its primary use was as a Transcendental Meditation center. When the building became a financial burden it was sold in 2010 and the organization's $5.5 million profit were earmarked for a new Manhattan teaching center and other programs.[34][35][36] The building is a New York City landmark built in 1908 by architects Kirby, Petit & Green as the headquarters of the American Bank Note Company. It is a neo-Classical five-story structure with 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2) of office space and some luxury apartments on the upper floors.[8] The building was given historical landmark status in 1997.[37] According to realtor Brown Harris Stevens, the building is a residential, office, retail or mixed-use building.[37]

World Capital of Peace

The US Peace Government has announced plans to build a national capital near Smith Center, Kansas in Washington Township, Smith County, near the geographic center of America.[38] The purchase of the first large parcel was negotiated without revealing the buyer until the final contract was prepared. A groundbreaking ceremony was held March 28, 2006.[39] Over 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) were eventually purchased.[40] Plans called for the construction of 12 to 15 buildings, including Peace Palaces and a broadcast center, at an estimated cost of up to $15 million.[41] The plans divided the community. Nine pastors wrote to the local newspaper with concerns about the souls of area residents while the Chamber of Commerce looked forward to the creation of new jobs.[40] The county planning commission placed a moratorium on any changes in land use in an effort to prevent the use of agricultural land for the capital, but they withdrew it after the movement threatened to sue in federal court.[42] In April 2009, a spokesman announced that two Peace Palaces were nearing completion.[43] Maharishi Central University is projected to be part of the capital project.

Administrative Capital

The "administrative Capital of World Peace", also called the "Maharishi World Capital of Peace", the "Global Capital of World Peace", and the "Capital of Global Raam Raj", is under construction in the Brahmasthan of India, according to Eike Hartmann.[44]

Purusha Capital

In 2009 the GCWP purchased two parcels in West Virginia to make the "Maharishi Purusha Capital of the Western World".[45] Their plan for the 175 acres (0.71 km2), purchased at a cost of $750,000, is to construct a private, $10 to 15 million "environmentally friendly retreat" that will include 150 to 200 rooms for professional meditators, according to the project director, Raja Bob LoPinto.[46][47][48] The property will be designated a Global Capital and will include a palace for the Maharaja and residences for the Raja of Invincible America and the Prime Minister.[49]

Also known as the "Transcendental Meditation Learning Center and Retreat,"[50] the men’s-only facility will be used for weekend retreats as well as residences for those who want to spend years living a simple life involving meditation.[50]

Peace Palaces

Peace Palace in Fairfield, IA

The Global Country of World Peace has undertaken the construction of Peace Palaces, with a goal of one Peace Palace in each of the 240 largest cities in the United States.[51] The goal of each Peace Palace is to serve as a home of peace for each city.[7] Some Peace Palaces built by GCWP are leased to Maharishi Vedic Education Development Corporation for courses in the Transcendental Meditation technique and related programs such as Maharishi Spas, Maharishi Vedic Vibration Technology and herbal food supplements.[51][52] The buildings are planned to be two-story, white, buildings of about 10,000 to 12,000 square feet (1,100 m2) and are intended to be replacements for rented spaces being used in "more than 200 locations" across the U.S.A. Their appearance has been described as an "Indian temple crossed with a Southern plantation mansion" and is intended to be a "visual brand" for the organization.[53]

Peace Palaces have been completed in the U.S. cities of Bethesda, Maryland, Houston and Austin, Texas, Fairfield, Iowa, St. Paul, Minnesota and Lexington, Kentucky.[54][55][56] Three of the existing Peace Palaces were built by private individuals.[53] Land has been purchased in 52 locations around the US and others are being built around the world.[2][57][58][59][60]

According to officials of the organization, zoning and related issues have slowed their progress in building in at least 18 other cities where land has been purchased. In 2007 the "Maharishi’s organization" took legal action against the city of Mayfield Heights, Ohio, because the city refused a set back variance for a proposed Peace Palace. Although "admired for its finances" some critics call the project a way for the "Maharishi's followers" to create funds for more land for the group's treasury.[53]

Other facilities

In 2005, the Global Country bought a 800-plus acres farm in Gosen, New York, USA for $4 million in cash, with plans to create an organic farm training site, as well as a Peace Palace. According to broker Steve Perfit, the 818 acres (3.31 km2) were put up for sale in April 2009.[61]

Also in 2005, Global Country World Peace purchased the 27-acre (110,000 m2) Prairie Peace Park in Pleasant Dale, Nebraska. GCWP had planned to build a 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) "peace palace" on the site. An article in August 2010 in the Journal Star reports that the property is for sale for $95,000.[62]

In 2006, the Global Country purchased Inishraher,[63] a 30-acre (120,000 m2) island in Clew Bay off the coast, County Mayo, Ireland with the intention of founding an International Peace Centre, and of designating it as a Maharishi Capital of the Global Country of World Peace.[59][64] Planning permission for two 18-room hostels on the island was approved on 22 July 2009.[65]

Global Reconstruction

The Maharishi's Global Reconstruction Program for Permanent World Peace entails replacing the existing cities and buildings of the world with plans and structures that follow Maharishi Sthapatya Veda principles. The project is estimated by the Global Country of World Peace (GCWP) Finance Minister to cost $300 trillion.[66] The Director of the Global Country of World Peace's Financial Capital, Paul Potter, said "we hope to be able to rebuild the whole world to be fortune-oriented buildings, to be heaven on earth".[67]

Efforts to obtain sovereignty


The Maharishi and the Global Country of World Peace have approached small, impoverished nations about purchasing or leasing land to create a sovereign nation. In 2001, it was reported that the Transcendental Meditation Movement had been trying unsuccessfully for years to make such arrangements in Africa, Asia, and South America.[68]

Starting in November 2000, the GCWP began making overtures to the President of Suriname regarding the lease of 3,500 acres (14 km2) of rural land to create a sovereign nation. It offered $1.3 billion over three years for a 200-year lease, plus 1 percent of the country's money annually, and the creation of 10,000 jobs.[68][69]

The UNHCR reported that, in July 2001, the island nation of Tuvalu rejected, after serious consideration, a proposal from the movement to create a "Vatican-like sovereign city-state" near the international airport in exchange for a payment of $2 million a year.[70]

In 2002, the TM organization made an offer to the tiny Pacific island of Rota. The 33-square-mile (85 km2) island, 47 miles (76 km) north of Guam, is part of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a protectorate of the United States. The people of Rota were offered the construction of great gardens, a peace university, and as much as a billion dollars worth of investments, if they agreed to grant Raja Nader Raam sovereignty over a 100-acre (0.40 km2) portion of the island, which would have required Rota to secede from the Commonwealth. Preferring to stay in the U.S.-affiliated Commonwealth, the islanders turned down the offer.[56][71]

An attempt in Costa Rica resulted in the expulsion of Emmanuel Schiffgens and other officials of the GCWP offered $250 a month to each family in the Talamanca reservation, 140 miles (230 km) south of the capital, San José, for the right to appoint a king. On June 23, 2002, a ceremony was held on the Talamanca reservation to appoint a TM-chosen Indian as the reservation's first king.[72] The community balked and asked the Costa Rican government to step in. The government ordered the TM representatives to leave the country. "It was obvious that they were promoting an independent state within Costa Rica, and we can't tolerate that", said Costa Rica's security minister Rogelio Ramos.[73]


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