The World Systems of Passports, People & Perfume
Layers of World Systems
Layer 01 – Passport Value
We are witnessing the slow commodification of the passport and citizenship.
From costly cash-for-passports programs targeting the super-rich and sold by nearly every country in the world,
To bulk sale of passports to accommodate foreign stateless populations,
To new programs for citizenship such as Estonia’s global e-residency model.
These changes would ultimately require the reorganisation of the delicate and constantly changing world systems of people, labour, goods and citizenship.
Layer 02 – Remortgage Your Citizenship
Perhaps wholesale commodification of the passport would see:
Wealthy European expats trading in their high value passports for
low-value Comorian citizenship and a cash sum.
Which would create an influx of a largely elderly affluent foreign population. Akin to retirement communities in Spain such as
Alicante, Malaga, and Majorca. Currently there are 70,000 british retirees living in Spain.
These new retirement communities would be predominantly from francophone countries, as the Comorian national languages include French and Arabic. The communities would generally be split by country of origin, with specific amenities to serve each community.
Layer 03 – High Value Land
Migrants colonise the desirable high-value coastal real estate. Creating a strip of Marseille style elderly-friendly resi on the beachfront.
Layer 04 – The Leisure Seekers
To service this new community of leisure seekers, Comorian buissnessmen develop a strip of recreational activities and infrastructure parallel to the resi.
including golf courses, tennis courts, cinemas, social clubs, bars and restaurants.
Layer 05 – All Roads Lead to Estonia
All residents hold Estonian e-citizenship as the Comoros doesn’t provide adequate welfare.
Infrastructure is built by Estonia and becomes a mix of Comorian and Estonian. Including transport hospitals and education.
Layer 05 – Undesirables
In addition to the new elderly community the Kuwaiti and UAE bidoon migrate and are deported to the Comoros. The bidoon are stateless populations located in Kuwait and the UAE, many of which were left out of citizenship registration when Kuwait gained independence (1961) and when the UAE formed (1971).
The bidoon are often indigenous nomads or the descendants of nomads which their host countries refuses to take responsibility for.
There are 100,00 officially registered Bedoon in Kuwait and NGO’S estimate that there is another 100,000 in the UAE. Only 15% of UAE’s population are citizens.
In 2015, Kuwait and the UAE struck a deal with the Comoros to bulk buy citizenship for this population @ $10,000 / passport, allowing them to deport petty criminals and dissident voices. But with the increasing fortunes of the Comoros the Bidoon population voluntarily move to the archipelago.
Layer 06 – Cash for Passports
In 2013, a similar cash for passports program in St Kitts and Nevis accounted for 25% of the countries annual GDP @ £250,000 per passport.
Between the years 2011- 2015 Cyprus made 2 billion euros from its cash-for-passports program.
Layer 07 – Comorian Migrants, Imports and Exports
With this cash and population injection the Comoros seeks to create homes and jobs for their current and new bidoon and elderly populations, to spark economic expansion.
Their main export is the evergreen aromatic Ylang Ylang plant, the essence of which is a key ingredient for perfumes such as Channel no.5. Thus Comorian government cuts deals with these luxury perfume brands to produce their product in full. Including farming the plants, processing the brew, manufacturing the packaging, boxing the items and shipping directly from the Comoros Islands.
Layer 08 – Distillation
The low-value inland areas become pastoral ylang ylang farmland. With operational hubs dispersed within to process the flower and distill its oils, which can also be used for aromatherapy and food flavouring.
Layer 09 – Boxing
In order to fulfill the perfume contracts the Comoros invests in Increased port infrastructure on each island.
Layer 10 – Comoros Chanel no.5 to the African Luxury Goods Market
Which will ultimately serve the emerging African luxury goods market. Which, along with the other emerging markets, will account for 25 percent of the global luxury goods market by 2025.
This is the delicate global ecosystem of passports, peopleand perfume.
Layer 11 – The Actors
Clockwise from top
The Passport Broker
Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
The Kuwaiti Prime Minister
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
The Emrati President
The Gun for Hire
Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi
The Underdog – The Comoros President
Henley and Partners
The Salesmen of Citizenship