Life and Culture
The Paulovia Islands historically was an eclectic mix of Greek, Italian, and Anglo cultures brought together by fate, history, and the common ideals of peace, justice, tradition, freedom and family life. Through the forge of war and the prosperity of peace, the Principality put down roots and created a nation from diverse elements, blooming into the beautiful state it has now become. In the twenty-first century Paulovian Citizens and Honorary Citizens from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds throughout the world, are creating a unique culture and common Paulovian identity. All are proud to call themselves Paulovians.
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Paulovians Past and Present
As one would expect such a diverse mixture has created a rich cultural and social heritage. This is reflected in the attitudes of the people towards education and business, their appreciation of the arts and interest in geo-politics, and a generous attitude towards charities and those in need. Paulovians delight in the consumption of the range of notable foods and wines produced throughout the principality and anywhere else the Paulovian diaspora reside around the world!
Typical Produce of the Paulovia Islands
As a secular state Paulovia welcomes all faiths, humanists and non-believers in equal measure. The Paulovia Constitution protects the rights of individuals in this respect and also codifies the responsibilities of citizens towards the state. Religious interference with state institutons or administration or infringement of the Constitutional Rights of individuals is not viewed lightly and is contrary to the law and ethos of the principality.
High standards of education end expectations is demanded by Paulovians for themselves and their children. The Royal Family share this view and this is reflected in the State's education policies that ensure the highest standards of teaching and levels of funding are maintained for Paulovian schools, Colleges, the University and adult life-long education programmes. Visitors can enrol for further education with a number of real-life external online course providers to gain new skills and qualifications to help gain new opportunities at work, all from the comfort of your own home!
Education and Training at all Stages of Life is Highly Valued
The University of Paulovia has a short history yet boasts a successful record of academic achievement and high teaching standards. Faculty staff are recruited from all over world to attain even higher standards and to establish an international reputation to attract foreign students and higher calibre academics. Education methods and policies are regularly reviewed against international teaching methodologies and techniques. The Ministry of Education and Research is constantly seeking to improve our teaching standards, faculty support and student grades.
Business and trading is second nature to Paulovians. Nationalised and part state owned industries are essential to provide significant employment for the residents of the Paulovian Islands. However, entrepreneurs are encouraged to establish existing enterprises or create new companies on the islands if sympathetic to the protection of the environment. Industries include agriculture, fishing, wine making, shipping, banking and business services, and increasingly eco-tourism with strictly controlled cruise liner stop-overs.
International trade is the lifeblood of any nation and even more so for young states like Paulovia. Significant exports from the local wine and olive industries and gourmet food products are shipped worldwide. The Paulovian merchant fleet provides essential transportation for Paulovian produce and goods that would otherwise struggle to obtain competitive shipping rates and therefore ensures access to international markets.
Maritime Links and Trade are Vital to the Paulovia Islands
The state is the majority stock holder in the small Paulovian merchant fleet which comprises of ro-ro and passenger ferries for inter-island transport, container and bulk carriers, two small oil tankers and two passenger liners. A maritime flagging and registration scheme was established in January 2006 for foreign owned vessels who are able to fly the Paulovia Ensign. This scheme is applied within strict international standards and guidelines and generates additional revenue for the state.
The state owned Paulovia Shipping Line established in 2006 to transport passengers, vehicles and goods between the Islands and to the mainland, also operates the island bus and coach services. Tourists are encouraged to make use of this inexpensive services to take advantage of the high market but limited short stay tourist facilities available. Dozens of cruise liners from around the world visit Omorfee and Miraggio each year, but landing rights are strictly controlled. Many cruise ship passengers head for the Omorfee Coast night attractions when the sun sets, especially the exciting casinos and clubs along the exclusive mirana waterfront in Agios Georgios in the hope of winning a fortune!
The development of a larger tourist sector on the islands and south coast is being debated throughout the Principality, including the construction of a larger a modern airport on Omorfee Island to replace the small scale facilities currently available including the building of more and larger hotels. Although much sought after employment would result, the environmental and cultural impact upon the small Paulovian islands and beautiful southern coastline has to be seriously evaluated.
Cruise Ships at Miraggio Omorfee Old Harbour Andreas Island
Restricted development has been allowed on Omorfee Island with a number of small and exclusive hotels catering for business and private visitors. However, the fine balance between sharing our islands with visitors and preserving their unique wildlife and cultural wealth is constantly in our deliberations.
Some private houses in towns, on working farm estates and in rural villages, are available for rent or short stays. Private yachts have been welcomed at Omorfee Marina and Miraggio for many years attracted by the numerous taverna and restaurants along the harbours which merge with the Greco-Italo architecture of the towns that crowd the water edge. The absence of motor vehicles in the rural areas and smaller islands adds to their quiet and peaceful attraction convincing visitors and residents alike that the 'gods' have blessed the islands.
Visitors to the Paulovia Islands who wish to send a souvenir postcard of their visit to their home address, can now do so through the Paulovia Servizio Posta public counter at Postcards by Airmail
Typical Scenes from the Paulovia Islands
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