Bermuda again got into the headlines of the world media, as they canceled gay marriages - the first in the world. But it's not interesting at all. In fact, these islands are an instrument of the Anglo-Saxon elite to control world finances - a secret "kubyshka" of the powerful, from the owners of Google and ending with Elizabeth II. But why Bermuda?
Overseas Territory of Great Britain - Bermuda - abolished the law on gay marriages, adopted less than a year ago. This was done out of respect for the conservative mores of the islanders. A small gay party Bermuda fell into despair, the global LGBT community and human rights activists made a fuss. However, the British government said that it regrets what is happening, but it considers it prudent not to interfere in the will of the islanders.
The reasons for this are clear: Her Majesty's government values the mutually beneficial relations that Britain has built with its overseas territory.
Bermuda glorified the style shorts and the Bermuda Triangle - a place where ships and planes mysteriously disappear. But the tiny archipelago in the Atlantic stores other secrets. The islands, which almost all import, including drinking water, have to enter are among the five most prosperous countries in the world. In this god-forgotten corner of the universe with a population of about 60 thousand people, salaries are several times higher than in New York or Singapore. As, however, the price.
But the most interesting is that hundreds of billions of dollars disappear every year in Bermuda.
Oligarchs instead of slaves
In the XVII century, uninhabited islands became a colony of the Virgin company. English colonists brought here slaves and forced them to work on plantations. Among the first slaves were the Irish, the Scots, as well as the impoverished English, forced to sell into slavery. Subsequently, they began to import slavered American Indians. The conditions of their detention were so badly scraped that slaves could not even reproduce - eventually they had to buy all the new parties.
By the 18th century, the Indians were over, and the English planters began to acquire slaves in West Africa. Thus emerged the modern population of Bermuda - a white minority and a color majority. In 1838, slavery was formally abolished, but the division into informal castes remains to this day.
Modern Bermuda is one of the richest areas in the world, despite the total lack of exports
The British own a big business, they control the entire financial sphere, and their queen appoints his governor to Bermuda. The color majority is represented in the parliament and the government, but mostly their "tribesmen" work in the service sector.
Over the centuries, the whole life of the colony was controlled by several English families - "noble houses", as they were called in another British colony - Hong Kong. Representatives of the same surnames occupied the posts of the governor, they were members of the government and parliament. Positions were transferred from father to son, from father-in-law to son-in-law.
The colored majority regularly rebelled against the English gentlemen. But every time the British managed to keep the archipelago under control. In 1967, Her Majesty's government decided to somehow stylize its colony as a democratic community. Bermuda even received the Constitution. At the same time began to form their tax legislation. The most curious thing about him was the total absence of corporate profits tax. The first charms of the Bermuda offshore were ransacked by the owners of insurance companies. To this day, Bermuda is a global insurance center, where hundreds of firms hide profits from taxes.
In the 1980-ies, the British oligarchs from Hong Kong became interested in island offshore. There were active talks that sooner or later, Hong Kong would depart China, and businessmen decided to advance their companies in advance to the tax haven away from the Communist Party. One of the first Hong Kong firms in Bermuda registered the legendary corporation Jardine Matheson Holdings Limited - a multibillion-dollar company established by the founding fathers of Hong Kong back in 1832. It was she who in due time inspired the fiction writer James Clavell to his saga of the Struans family. Following Jardine Matheson, others were drawn. To date, the capitalization of Hong Kong companies registered in Bermuda has almost equaled the capitalization of all firms that have remained in Hong Kong.
Bermuda offshore quickly gained popularity. If 1993 thousand companies were registered in 7 in the year, today there are more than 12 thousand of them, among them are such giants as Chevron and Google. It is curious that in the 1980-1990 years no one registered in the offshore was ashamed: the leading newspapers praised the economics of the Bermudians, and the leadership of the archipelago beckoned to itself all new businessmen, praising the dignity of their tax harbor - English legislation and the highest confidentiality.
The secret quill of the queen
British historian Nicholas Shakson is convinced that Bermuda - like all overseas territories of Britain like the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands or the Virgin Islands - is part of the "web of offshore", the center of which is in the City of London. In his book "Treasure Islands: Tax havens and people who have stolen the whole world," he claims that the Bank of England controls and organizes the activities of dozens of such "harbors" around the globe.
In the English possessions of Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man, London financiers are commanded openly. With foreign cities like Hong Kong, informal ties, dating back to colonial times, are being maintained. And in the overseas territories, such as Bermuda, behave ambiguously. On the one hand, they try to hide from the eyes of the public how tightly they patronize offshore. On the other hand, they give signals to interested investors that their money will be under the care of Britain, so that they are not in danger.
This might seem conspiratorial, because in words British politicians do not tire of repeating that they are in favor of full transparency of financial transactions. But last year's scandal with Paradise Papers ("paradise dossier") showed that everything is not so simple. The International Consortium of Journalists, existing on George Soros grants, published data on the owners of offshore accounts in Cayman and Bermuda. Among them was Queen Elizabeth II herself - the duchy of Lancaster, which manages its finances, invested 8,4 million pounds sterling in offshore funds.
According to rumors that the Rupert Murdoch newspapers were diligently broadcasting, the queen actively supported Brackit (like Murdoch himself). Soros was a categorical opponent of the withdrawal of Britain from the EU. So his desire to take revenge is understandable.
The strange behavior of the British authorities is less understandable. The image losses of the royal family were obvious. Keeping millions offshore is not against the law, but, to the present day, is not quite decent. Bermuda is the territory of Great Britain. What prevents the English queen from simply taking and closing the tax haven there? Instead, the public was offered incomprehensible explanations on the fact that eight million are small money, and the queen did not know anything about it. So the scandal was hushed up.
The same story develops with Google. At the end of each financial year, the British press reports that the insidious corporation refuses to pay corporate tax in Britain, despite the fact that it is the largest market of Google after the US.
The company's tax evasion schemes have already received nicknames from journalists - "Double Irish" and "Dutch Sandwich". The fact is that in Ireland Google by agreement pays a reduced corporate tax, and with the help of the Dutch firm-laying leads the proceeds to Bermuda.
In the capital of the Hamilton Archipelago - Church Street has a small office building. On it is a mailbox under the mystical number 666. It is to this address that the creator of Google Eric Schmidt displays billions of dollars every year. In addition to the mailbox, the company in Bermuda has nothing - no one room, no one employee.
In London, Google has five giant offices, five thousand highly paid employees and millions of loyal users. Nevertheless, the corporation pays a penny to the British coffers. In 2013, for example, only 21 million pounds. Yes, it was "just": in 2015, Schmidt brought to Bermuda about 17 billion dollars, in 2016 - more than 19 billion. If he paid 20-percent corporate tax in England, he would have to part with 3,8 billion.
Journalists demand justice, the opposition makes inquiries. And no one seems to notice the striking fact that the departure of a foreign corporation from British taxes takes place on the territory actually owned by Britain itself.
Today Bermuda is the most expensive country in the world. The price of a two-room apartment starts from 600 thousand dollars, rent - from 2400 dollars a month. A liter of gasoline costs two dollars, a liter of milk - three. About a third of those working on the island are British expats engaged in financial services. Colorful population drives a taxi and cuts lawns. Local white owns hotels and golf courses. The salary of 80 thousand dollars a year is considered to be minimal worthy.
This archipelago of islands and reefs (all of them 181) allegedly realizes the globalist utopia of Jacques Attali: "Mankind is entering a super-industrial age. Rich, prosperous zones will carelessly neighbor with vast, poor regions. Advanced technologies will create new types of products and goods that will provide citizens with previously unattainable opportunities. "
Judging by Google's transactions, several hundred billion dollars can pass through Bermuda every year. All in all, offshore world scrolls from 10 to 36 trillion - this is at least 10% of the world's GDP.