The Peopling of Fafifi

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On opposite sides of the Planet

In 1730, in two very far away places, the same thing was happening - enough people had had enough of domineering arseholes imposing their crap! It was time for change and time for action. It was time to go. In Bali Hai, an Island group in the South Pacific, there had been unrelenting war for several decades. In London, the capital city of the ever expanding British Empire, revolution was brewing and the queers had had enough.

Unknown to each other, both of these groups were heading to the uninhabited Island of Fafifi (it was known to some of the English as Coconut Island, but more of that later).

Unrelenting war in Bali Hai - plundering war boats leave a burning village.

Exodus from Bali Hai

A floatilla of traditional Polynesian boats sail away from an Island

Led by Queen Namali ...

Exodus from England

A Barque (sailing ship) flying the Pirate Flag leaves the white cliffs of Dover behind

Under the command of Captain James Flynt, a 3-masted Barque called Molly, left Dover in the spring of 1777 with 94 persons on board.


A bark sailing ship converges with a flotilla of traditional Polynesian sailing boats of various sizes approaching a tropical island

By quirk of fate the Molly and the Bali Hai flotilla converge as they approached the Island of Fafifi in favourable winds.

Two bearded men in a loving pose in candle lit Georgina room

Aboard the good ship Molly, Xavier Fleetwood (First Mate) and his lover Samuel (Ships Steward) passionately championed the argument for a peaceful approach. Many recounted earlier debates at Princess Cinnamon's Molly House - the place where the conspiracy to form the Molly's expedition began.
From all accounts on both Pasifikas and European sides - time was taken and space was given.
Eventually, the entire Bali Hai group, minus Queen Namali (who was sick) and a few others, made the first approach. They were unarmed and seemed to be in good spirits. The British expatriates hurriedly as the Bali Hai approached and it was agreed to accept Captain Flynt's offer that he approach them alone. He was warmly greeted.
A British sea captain is warmly greeted by a happy crowd of Bali Hai people

A Linguistic Blessing

Among the Bali Hai was something (or rather some-one) of a blessing way in the form of Peter Nightengale - a English lad who had who had jumped ship two years earlier as fellow his shipates sailed away from the Bali Hai Islands ahead of an approaching storm. The Bali Hai had had brief and reasonably uneventful encounter with the crew of the British trader which basically took on some food and water, then left. Peter was integrated into the Bali Hai community and adored by Queen Namali. He soon spoke fluent Bali Hai and so was of great assistence in negotiations between the two groups of converging migrants to the unihabited Island of Fafifi. Due to his kind and patient nature, and the trust the Queen Namali had in him, great stride were made in the early days in regards to the politics of both groups (what they were escaping and what they were hoping to achieve).

A young English man is hugged and cherished by two Pacifica people with an Islander crowd looking on. A ship sails away in the background.

Cartoon of a floating island with a large tree showing its roots growing down under out of the floating earth.

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The First Council of Fafifi

Queen Namali addresses the First Council of Fafifi at Safety Bay in 1777

A soon as Queen Namali had recovered from her illness, a 3 day council was held with the keenest orators and social machinators from both parties taking turns to speak and listen, rest, think, and re-convene. This great event became known as the First Council of Fafifi and the outcome of it was an agreement for parties to co-operate and to form a new community of two communities that could be symbolized by two over-lapping circles. Within a few more years and after several other Councils - a decision was made to form a new nation - The Commonwealth of Fafifi.

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