I'm not sure about the Pope, but it's the American president I'd be more worried about.
The Americans seem to keep asking us to negotiate with Argentina when there is clearly nothing to negotiate about.
Obama, incidentally, seemed to think the Falklands were called the Maldives at one point.
We have held the Falklands since 1833, and at that time I believe Texas was part of Mexico. Maybe we should remind them of that if and when the Mexicans stake their claim to the Lone Star State.
The Americans are sniffing around the Islands already at the moment; there are a number of oil companies looking to cash in on the vast amount of energy sources scattered across the Falkland Island waters. As soon as that starts to flow, the Americans will be firmly on the side of the Islanders as well as places like Uruguay and Brazil too... However, the State Dept are being are towing the line and sitting firmly on the fence. The same can't be said of a few Congressmen though who have visited during my time and are firmly in favour of the Islander's right to self-determination.
As for the diversity of origins, what is the immigration policy like? Could people from neighbouring countries settle in the Falklands?
The immigration policy seems to be fairly open. They actively recruit people from overseas to fill jobs that the locals can't fill, especially some of the more technical or professional jobs such as the Attorney General or Chief Superintendent of the Emergency Services. The Governor has the final say on whether an individual can claim Falklands Citizenship and I can't remember the timeframe on the process but many people do. The Government website states 60 nationalities now call the Islands home and that is the case in my experience; I had a lot of contact with the Islanders due to my job role. There is one caveat from what I could tell if you wanted to move to the Islands and that involved buying land in 'Camp', which is basically all areas outside of Stanley. In order to buy land there, you have to continue the land practices in that area. For example, a French couple bought the land at Dunbar on the Northwest tip of West Falkland, which has always been used for sheep farming. They loved the area and wanted to use it for the sailing activities and business to South Georgia and Antarctica, but due to restrictions, they have had to continue sheep farming despite having no prior experience. They incidentally love it but as far I could tell, that is the only restriction on immigration to the Islands. There is NO unemployment (many people have more than one job), the education system is good, it is relatively safe for children and there is loads of wildlife and wilderness to explore, so it is an attractive place to live, bar the remoteness of course!
Edited by GeordieSaint, 26 March 2013 - 06:12 PM.