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Breakaway State Declares Indpendence from Russia

August 12th, 2008 · 19 Comments


The fledgling State of Taxistan was created today due to a clerical error.

On the 12th of August, Team Desertaxi members were denied entry to Russia until Saturday.. They were also denied re-entry to Kazakhstan.

Two of the team members, James Walker and Edward Monckton,  had Ruissian entry visas dated August 14th and 17th, respectively and were not allowed to enter the country. Max Firman, although having a valid visa, has refused to abandon the Team.

Due to Russian intransigence, the Team has been forced to occupy a quarter of an acre of broken land, surrounded by barbed wire and guarded by a Kazakh border officer wearing a very large hat.

Russian officials declined requests for water forcing TDT to rely on humanitarian aid being pushed through the barbed wire by passing Mongol Rally Teams..

This has so far included 3 gallons of water, 5 kilos of pasta, a jar of tomato puree, a tennis ball and a black marker pen which the Team will use in the morning to declare the People’s Autocratic Republic of Taxistan, independent. 

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19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John // Aug 12, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Hope the Russian army does not add Taxistan to its hit list! Walker’s visa continue to be real obstacles. Probably should have had professional help in filling them out.

  • 2 Vic // Aug 12, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    This may be the first and only time Walker has not been able to talk his way through a boarder guard’s protestations…must have run out of money!

  • 3 Jeffrey // Aug 12, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Wow, intense… how long will the great nation of Taxistan last??

  • 4 Mother Monckton // Aug 12, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Well boys, I feel that you are really going to get to know each other very well very soon. Just as well there are not 4 of you! A pity for Jimmy he didn’t go to English public school as he probably isn’t used to no showers, rubbish food, and sleeping at very close quarters to smelly boys! Good luck boys, and I am sure you are looking forward to choosing the President of Taxistan and naming the Capital – Suggestions from anyone??? Chin up! Bet you all want to be Taxistanian Ambassador to Mongolia!!

  • 5 mummy sara // Aug 12, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    charles is now asleep having spent the evening at chelsea and westminster getting the medication for dysentry followed by delicate morsels of roast chicken at the mother ship.

    big hug to you lot



  • 6 Mother Monckton // Aug 12, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Boys, can you take a photograph of the Kazak border guard and his ‘very large’ hat, or will you be shot? Take care. This is the one time I don’t wish I was with you…. X X Mama/P

  • 7 Ambassador at Large for PART // Aug 13, 2008 at 2:56 am

    The Embassy of the People’s Autonomous Republic of Taxistan (PART) has now been set up at Redcliffe Sq. This afternoon in my ambassadorial role I will go to Charing cross police station in order to obtain a permit demonstrate for PART’s recognition on the world stage. Join me at the facebook group

  • 8 Marina // Aug 13, 2008 at 6:46 am

    Haha silly boys haven’t thought to look at the dates of your visas! :) )
    Hope it’s not too tough. Funny that you preferred going out at Kazakh border rather than Almaty! )))
    Good luck and if you need help speaking Russian to anyone or if you are in trouble in that part of the world don’t hesitate to give me a call!! lol and love xxx

  • 9 mummy sara // Aug 13, 2008 at 7:14 am

    I gather you have little reading material and playthings with you any longer.

    Do bear in mind though that you will need: -
    - a National Anthem.
    - National Dress
    - Flag
    - Currency
    - Legal system

  • 10 Caught between Russia & Kazakhstan by war, Taxistan is born | Jeffzilla // Aug 13, 2008 at 7:25 am

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  • 11 Jeffrey // Aug 13, 2008 at 7:33 am

    I dugg this story!

  • 12 John // Aug 13, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Does Mercy Corps deliver emergency food boxes to the beleagured citizens of newly formed countries like Taxistan? Who should I contact to inquire. Alternatively, is there a Fedex drop in Taxistan?

  • 13 Marina // Aug 13, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Taxistan?! Hilarious!!! )))))

  • 14 mummy sara // Aug 13, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    thinking of you guys and sending you lots of love



  • 15 david grubb // Aug 13, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    good luck with current situation. whew. humanitarian aid being pushed thru barbed wire? Jimmy – is this alot like what folks from ocean beach park push through to folks in point o’ woods?

  • 16 Aunt Carina Monckton // Aug 14, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    In chinese crisis and opportunity look exactly the same. Declare no tax in Taxistan and sell the real estate……….
    P.S We are so proud of our ‘Steady Eddie.’

  • 17 Aunt Carina Monckton // Aug 14, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    With a little bit of retail development I could easily be persuaded to move to Taxistan.
    I have always wanted to live somewhere where the great outdoors is reduced to a gap between a shop and a taxi…….
    P.S I hope you are wearing your boaters to keep out the naughty sun. Now you know why you had them. It was incase someone was mad enough to say ” let’s go to Mongolia in a black cab……………….

  • 18 Paul Mckenna // Aug 15, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Congratulations, you have a half page in the London Evening Standard.

    Can I have a government post in Taxistan ?


  • 19 Mother Monckton // Aug 15, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    You boys must be really smelly by now. I hope Jimmy remembered to pack a clothes peg for his nose. This is the only time that I am glad there are so many thousands of miles between us! Good luck when trying to exit tomorrow. TRY to be nice to the Russians, you need them on your side this time… Remember they helped your oldest citizen and gave him good medical attention… eventually. You have a lot to thank them for. Remember your diplomatic skills and be prepared for anything and everything. XX Ma

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