Coins "half a liter" or the currency of the Kingdom of Torgu

It was in Estonia, on the island of Saarema. After Estonia gained state independence, the authorities of the new state took up, it was, to reform the administrative division of the country's territory. It was here that the inhabitants of the southern part of Saarem Island ended up, in fact, "between heaven and earth": the fact is that the authorities of independent Estonia decided to restore the old, pre-Soviet administrative division of the country into volosts - and on the site of the Torgu district there was no volost before. did not have!...

What to do? Life on the islands - and not life at all, if all kinds of goods are not brought there from the "mainland" - the same products and fuels and lubricants. And in order to transport all this, all sorts of bureaucratic justifications are required: where, to whom to send the goods ... Ah, and really - to whom? Who is the consignee of the cargo? And in general, a complete "vacuum of power" and all that jazz. And somehow you have to live on, right? But Tallinn, it seems, had nothing to do with Torg ...

The people of southern Saarem decided to act. In the village of Salme, a general meeting took place, which decided to appeal to the deputy of the State Duma of Estonia, elected by the inhabitants of the island even before this "administrative redistribution". The deputy turned out to be none other than the former policeman Kirill Teiter, a member of the Royalist Party of Estonia (i.e., the party of Estonian monarchists). The result of this appeal was that the deputy Kirill Teytor agreed to accept the territory of the Torga under his "personal union" - if only the inhabitants agree to elect him as King. Residents agreed - but what to do? - and as a result, on an area of ​​126 square kilometers, the Kingdom of Torgu was proclaimed with four hundred subjects who lived in two dozen settlements. The main thing is that everything was in accordance with the law, and did not contradict the Constitution: according to Art. 155 of the Estonian Constitution, residents have the right to elect local self-government bodies - but the fact that a unit of local self-government cannot be the Kingdom, and the head of local self-government cannot be a King - this has not been written anywhere in the Estonian Constitution. Well, since all this does not run counter to the Constitution, then - what, in fact, could be questions? ... Everything is legal.

Kirill Teiter (Kirill I)

It only remains to add that over time, an interesting undertaking by King Cyril I and his subjects "came to naught": after the official Tallinn caught himself and created the Torgu volost, the kingdom was actually abolished - and King Cyril Teytor was offered the position of the Head of the Press Service Estonian Ministry of Police. He agreed: among other things, owning a kingdom is quite expensive, even for a member of parliament. However, Teytor continues to call himself "The King in Exile" and carefully keeps at home, on the bookshelves, the main attribute of his "monarchy" power - the royal crown of Torgu.

Well, the coins minted in accordance with the Royal Decree - half a liter - are still circulating in Saarem and in other parishes of Estonia. The tight pegging of the coin rate - one coin for one half liter of vodka - ensures the trust of the population in the royal currency, and it is readily accepted as payment in bars and other drinking establishments in Estonia. The half-liter rate is now equal to 60 - 70 Estonian kroons (5, 50 USD).