ANDORRA: Prodigal Returns

The tiny republic of Andorra (pop. 6,400), a green country of shepherds and smugglers high in the Pyrenees, has never pretended to keep up with the times. Not until two years ago did Andorra's 24-man Council of the Valleys get around to rescinding its 1914 declaration of war on Germany. Andorra's few state documents are kept in a giant oak closet at the government house, the Casa de la Vail. Since every Andorran is deemed honest, the government's money is apt to be lying about anywhere.

Despite this disdain for modern bureaucratic technique, Andorra's government rocked along smoothly enough until...

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