Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
about the Kingdom of Biffeche


Q. How should Biffeche people traveling overseas get aid? 

A. The Kingdom maintains an American Office and a European Office. In Europe, contact the European Office of the Kingdom of Biffeche, APDO.Correos 47008, 28080 Madrid, Spain.  In the Americas and Caribbean, contact the American Office of the Kingdom of Biffeche, 6152 115th Place, Seminole, FL 33772, USA. Limited help may be available in cases of genuine emergency or need, depending on the circumstances. If possible, communications should be in French, Spanish or English. The Kingdom unfortunately has no support for its subjects, or representation, in Asia or Oceana at this time.  

Q. Does the Kingdom maintain an office or legation in Dakar or Nouakchott? 

A. No, not permanently. Persons in Dakar, Sénégal or Nouakchott, Mauritanie should deal directly with the relevant Chefs and officials in Biffeche itself.

Q. How can I visit Biffeche? 

A. See the section on "Visiting Biffeche". It is very convenient to visit Biffeche and we vigorously welcome all visitors to our friendly Kingdom.

Q. Is any special permission or visa needed for outside tourists to visit the Kingdom? 

A. No. But it is often good to make some contact with a Biffeche Overseas Office in advance. Sénégal does not normally require visas of American or European tourists for stays of less than 30 days. Mauritanie does. Both require passports. All people are welcome in Biffeche. As you approach any village in Biffeche, your first act is to check in with the Chef de Village; see the section on Cultural Practices for appropriate customary cadeau (small symbolic gifts and trinkets for the Chef). Passports of visitors are stamped with a Biffeche "Marque de Visite" once you are in Biffeche.

Q. How can I obtain CFA money for use in Biffeche? 

A. In Dakar, Sénégal, at the banks at Place d'Independence; or, at the Banque Islamique du Sénégal or the Hotel de la Poste in Saint-Louis, Sénégal. US Dollars and new Euro are most readily accepted for conversion to CFA money. (Note that the Biffeche Dinar-Haut (BDH) is not currently available to the general public, and that it is not necessary for transacting the commerce within the Kingdom.)

Q. I am interested in obtaining an aristocratic title. Can this be arranged? 

A. ABSOLUTELY NOT. Biffeche's very few aristocratic titles are hereditary, depending on the original grants. Titles of nobility have been granted by the Kings only in very rare cases to a few people of the highest character and impeccable background who have given extraordinary service to the Kingdom or created great programs and resources for the people of Biffeche. It is not possible even to ask officially, since it is always a rare spontaneous act of the monarch.

Q. What about Knighthoods? 

A. Knighthoods are conferred only upon those in and out of Africa who perform services benefiting the people of Biffeche, and the specifics depend on the rules of each order. (See the section on Orders, Decorations and Knighthood.) Under Biffeche law, the monarch is the sole "font of honor" and there is no way to obtain Knighthood except through the grace and act of our King. Those who buy and sell Biffeche orders and decorations are merely collecting the regalia, not the Knighthood itself.

Q. Does the Kingdom of Biffeche recognize the current claimant to the throne of the Kingdom of Diolof? 

A. Yes, but we recognize Diolof not as having ever had any suzerainty over Biffeche legitimately, but rather as a brother Kingdom which was conquered by the French over a century ago.

Q. What is the relation between the Kingdom of Biffeche and the Kingdom of Axim, in Ghana? 

A. There is legally a "personal union" of the two Kingdoms in that they share the same King. The King of Biffeche is always also the the King of Axim on the Ghana coast. (This is similar to the current Queen of the U.K. being also Queen of Canada.) Although the late Bishop Essuah of Sekondi-Tekoradi, Ghana, declared Axim to be "a part of Biffeche" in the 1970's, Axim is not technically administered as a "part" of Biffeche any more than Biffeche is "part" of Axim, and of course neither is a colony of the other. The respective peoples of Axim and Biffeche have always had harmonious relations.

Q. How can I contact the Royal family? 

A. Details of the Royal family are not public.

Q. Is the Biffeche Dragon the largest lizard species in Africa? 

A. Yes. There is currently some debate about species, however, and about which species is the second-biggest dragon on earth: A large Biffeche Dragon is larger than the related Nile Monitor, but possibly no larger than a large Salvatore Dragon or normal-sized Komodo Dragon. It has been said that the Biffeche Dragon is the second-largest lizard in the world, second only to the Komodo Dragon, despite this. No reputable zoologist has ever demonstrated credibly that the offspring (if any could exist) of a Biffeche Dragon and a Nile Monitor would necessarily be fertile (indicating that they are really one species). In the absence of such evidence, it is unscientific and irresponsible to claim that they are one species and not two, until such evidence is properly adduced, confirmed and published. The Biffeche people have never in history called our Dragon a "Nile Monitor" nor have we used any phrase that would even suggest it. No western herpetologist or zoo has ever bought or kept a Biffeche Dragon, and it is not allowed.

Q. Is there any other black African Kingdom besides Biffeche with a white, foreign-born King? 

A. Yes, there are at least four such Kingdoms: Biffeche, Mepe (within Ghana), Axim (within Ghana), and a fourth in a central African region that should not be widely publicized at this time. The King of Biffeche and of Axim is (the same) the Ngoryifia of the Mepe Kingdom in Ghana is Henk Otte of the Netherlands (Togbe Korsi Ferdinand Gakpetor II), and the King of the fourth mentioned Kingdom is American. In addition, Africans in Ceuta and Melilla on the coast of Afrique du Nord are subject to the (white, Spanish) King, H.M.C.M, Juan-Carlos I, King of Spain. The installation of certain Europeans as honorary chiefs or sub-chiefs (like Roland James Moxon in the Aburi Kingdom, or the famed American musician Issac Hayes enstooled in 1992 as Honorary Development King of the Ada Traditional Area, Ghana, and Honorary Chief of a tribe in Nigeria) should not be confused with true Kingship.

Q. How can I get a press interview with the King? 

A. You cannot; the King does not grant audiences or interviews to the press. The King is concerned with helping the people of Biffeche with health, agricultural, economical and other problems; outside of Biffeche, his life is private.

Q. What is the population of Biffeche? 

A. This depends on who is included. Some borders of Biffeche are precise (e.g. along the river) while others are imprecise. In addition, Biffeche has quasi-nomadic pastoralists (Fula/Peulh) who are adherents and subjects of the Kingdom and seasonally leave and enter the Kingdom, as well as some Biffeche subjects living in other places and countries. Also, certain remote villages have lost touch. Nonetheless, the current population is probably in excess of 40,000 people by any calculation. This excludes various 'adherents' of the King who live in neighboring parts of Sénégal, Mauritanie and elsewhere, and it excludes the entire population of the Kingdom Of Axim in Ghana.  Axim's population is currently somewhat less than 50,000.

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