Monday, 7 January 2013

Iceland - The Status Act and the Constitution

(Chapter 30, page 203: People are quite angry with your Status Act theory. *)

The Status Act and the Constitution: The status of Iceland within Denmark was constantly debated. In the end the Danes in 1871 made a unilateral decision. Under the Status Act, Iceland was defined as “ inalienable part of the Danish realm, with special national rights.” The Althing rejected the new Status Act. When the millennium of the settlement of Iceland was celebrated in 1874, Christian IX the King of Denmark made a state visit to his dominion, the first royal visit to Iceland. Jón Sigurðsson, president of Althing and the islanders’ acclaimed leader was not invited as he would have overshadowed the king.

Yet another historical echo in the political thriller "Vulture's Lair" by top Icelandic author Hallur Hallsson.

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Book Description

5 April 2012
A gripping political thriller set a few years into the future when the EU has become a fully federal superstate. A political elite out of control. A lone man seeking the truth Murder, mayhem and intrigue leading to the Vulture's Lair Brussels. The highest ranking Icelandic official at the United States of Europe, Solman Smithson, hears the voice of his old friend Krummi, who is fighting off armed guards. Krummi and Solman grew up together in the Westman Islands but while Solman became a bureaucrat, Krummi went to sea as one of Iceland's last fishermen. The Vulture is looking down on its prey. The chance encounter takes place as the new president, Erich Devereux, is installed into power. But rumours circulate that corrupt votes put him in power. Murders and violent attacks on journalists and academics proliferate in an apparently unconnected way. And as momentum builds in Iceland for independence from the USE the tempo of violence and intrigue quickens. The Vulture moves toward its prey. Fate decrees that only the big fisherman from the Westman Islands stands in the way of the dark forces of chaos. But can a fisherman from Iceland work out what is really going on. And can he survive long enough to make a difference. The Vulture closes in.

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