The power circles we don’t know
The Sovereign and Military Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and Malta, better known as the Order of Malta, currently has 13.500 members and nine centuries old, during which it has accumulated beautiful possessions. It is the only international body that works as a sovereign state without territory. It has officials and embassies, maintaining diplomatic relations with 106 countries. Emits stamps, acuña coin and has its own courts. The Order is a permanent observer at the UN.
Fascinating stuff from Abel. I have heard of these guys, but never knew much about them other than they seem to have a significant say in things. No idea that they were a sovereign state!