Here’s an extraordinary story. Scott Bartel, an Australian, recently imported a 1959 Corvette from the US to Perth, Australia. The Customs Department of Australia seized the Corvette and held it as a “security” until the Mr. Bartel agreed to pay an importation fee/fine.
Bartel refused. He began to investigate.
He discovered that “Customs” was a private corporation rather than a department of the de jure government. He discovered that the government of Australia was not the de jure government created by the Australian constitution. Instead, he learned that the current government of Australia is a private corporation registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) at Washington DC.