World Service Authority

The World Service Authority (WSA), founded in 1953 by Garry Davis,[1] is a non-profit organization that claims to educate about and promote "world citizenship", "world law", and world government. It is best known for selling unofficial fantasy[citation needed] documents such as World Passports.

The flag of the WSA

Organization Edit

The WSA has an office in Washington, D.C., the United States. The office in Shanghai, China, was closed on 1 January 2010. As of 2017, attorney David M. Gallup was the president of the WSA.[2][3]

History Edit

The WSA was founded by Garry Davis, a former Broadway actor and World War II bomber pilot, who officially gave up his U.S. citizenship in 1948 to live as a "citizen of the world". It was set up to be the administrative agency of the "World Government of World Citizens" which he declared on 4 September 1953.[4] The first office was opened in New York City in 1954.[4] In the past, WSA also had offices in Basel, London and Tokyo.[5][6]

Activities Edit

Besides selling World Passports,[7] the WSA registers customers as "world citizens" and sells "world citizen" identity documents, such as fantasy[citation needed] birth certificates, identity cards, marriage certificates, political asylum cards, "International Exit Visas" and "International Residence Permits".[8] The organization's legal department is responsible to assist holders of its documents.[9] The organization also promotes programs, such as "Mundialization" – declaring cities and towns as "world territories"; "World Syntegrity Project" – an attempt to create a World Constitution through meetings of citizens; and other programs.[10]

The WSA is also involved in a project to establish a World Court of Human Rights.[11] The WSA has also allegedly sold World Government Postal Stamps,[12] which, according to Garry Davis, helped to convey thousands of letters between China and Taiwan in the early 1980s.[13]

Countries that have accepted the World Passport Edit

The following is a list of countries which, on at least one occasion, have recognized the World Passport on a "de facto" basis, by stamping a national visa and/or entry/exit stamp. Countries in CAPITAL letters indicate "de jure" or official recognition of the World Passport. WSA requests travelers to send photocopies or scans of visa/entry/exit stamps to the Washington, DC office. This list has been updated in February 2021: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, BURKINA FASO, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo (Republic of), Congo (Democratic Republic of), Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Curacao, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, ECUADOR, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakstan, Kenya, Korea, Kyrghyz Republic, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, MAURITANIA, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, San Marino, Sao Tome & Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, Somaliland, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Christopher & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, TANZANIA, Tenerife, Thailand, TOGO, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks & Caicos Islands, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Yugoslavia, ZAMBIA, Zimbabwe.[14]

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ Engber, Daniel (24 March 2006). "What's a World Passport?". Slate. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  2. ^ ""Passport To Fame", 7 Days Vermont, 28 March 2001". Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  3. ^ ", David M. Gallup". 10 August 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b "What is the World Government of World Citizens?". Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  5. ^ "POSITION PAPER 1978 - U.N. vs. World Government".
  6. ^ "World Citizen Update: 50th Anniversary of the World Citizen Government".
  7. ^ Fox, Margalit (28 July 2013). "Garry Davis, Man of No Nation Who Saw One World of No War, Dies at 91". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  8. ^ "World Government Documents (Personal)". Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  9. ^ "World Judicial Commission".
  10. ^ "World Government Programs".
  11. ^ "World Court of Human Rights Development Project".
  12. ^ "World Service Authority catalog". Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  13. ^ "International Herald Tribune". 5 December 2001. Archived from the original on 13 November 2017. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  14. ^ "International Acceptance of W.S.A. Passport". Retrieved 19 September 2023.

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