Rent Liechtenstein for $70,000 per Night
How could I have missed this? According the Guardian:
The principality of Liechtenstein has decided to make itself available to private clients, from $70,000 (£43,000) a night, complete with customised street signs and temporary currency…
Since then they have woken up to the marketing opportunities of their mountainous landscape. The price tag includes accommodation for 150 people, although the 35,000 inhabitants would remain. Any personal touches, such as an individual logo created out of candle wax or a customised medieval procession, come at an extra, undisclosed cost.
Upon arrival in Liechtenstein, visitors would be presented with the symbolic key to the state, followed by wine tasting at the estate of the head of state, Prince Hans-Adam II. Other options include tobogganing, fireworks and horse-drawn carriage rides through the capital Vaduz.
At first I thought: “My own nation-state for only $70 K a night? I’m in!” (Not that I have the money, but that’s sort of beside the point.) But then I looked again at the list of what you get and it comes down to a spa weekend with a bunch of friends with some monopoly money with your face on it. Where are all the aspects of sovereignty that you hear so much about? (A carriage ride? Please. How about an airborne assault?) It’s like being told you can rent a car but are not allowed to take any right turns and you have to drive 15 miles per hour.
In this case, I don’t think you get to do anything seriosuly fun like nationalize industries, mess with currency markets, or get all crazy at the UN. I don’t even think sabre-rattling is allowed. Actually, I don’t think Liechtenstein has any sabres. Now if you could rent North Korea for a day….
Hat tip: io9