At first the government of Tonga has lost $26 million, then they found a way to get that money back:

»Tonga raised the $26 million by selling Tongan citizenships to people who, for one reason or another, needed a new country. (For example, Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos bought them.) The monarch of Tonga, King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, did not want to keep the $26 million in Tonga because he felt -- and this is a direct quote from a news article by the Agence France-Presse -- "the government would only spend it on roads."«

The complete story in Dave Berry's column (used to be at the Miami Herald, worthwhile reading every week.)

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