Origin of "Bulgravia"

Mark Plummer, an ex-Scientologist, posts to the news group A.R.S. under the pseudonym "Warrior". Here he explains how L. Ron Hubbard came up with the name BULGRAVIA for the name of a fictitious (or future Scientology-friendly) country.

Subject:
Simón Bolívar, Power and …Bulgravia?
From:
Warrior <warrior@electrotex.com>
Newsgroups:
alt.religion.scientology
Date:
27 Aug 1997 10:14:00 -0700
Message-ID:
<5u1n8o$8t0@drn.zippo.com [offsite]>

[Link added; links updated. -ed.K]

Have you ever wondered why L. Ron Hubbard used the name "Bulgravia" in his "Simón Bolívar [offiste]" policy letter?

To informed persons, the "Simón Bolívar" policy letter is known as HCO PL 12 February 1967 "Admin[istrative] Know-How — The Responsibility of Leaders". This writing of Hubbard's talks about "power", the responsibilities of leaders, and the duties of those persons who are subordinate to a person in a position of power. Hubbard defines a "POWER" (caps in original) to mean "a leader or one who exerts wide primary influence on the affairs of men". This policy letter is a mandatory study requirement for those in executive positions in the Scientology cult.

Hubbard talks about Simón Bolívar's errors, saying "Simón Bolívar was a very strong character. He was one of the richest men in South America. He had real personal ability given to only a handful on the planet. He was a military commander without peer in history. Why he would fail and die an exile to be later deified is thus of great interest. What mistakes did he make?" Hubbard references the book The Four Seasons of Manuela, by Victor W. von Hagen, a Mayflower Dell paperback published October 1966.

Those familiar with Hubbard's "ethics formulas" for "POWER" (dealing with holding a position of power) and "POWER CHANGE" (dealing with turning over a position of power to another leader) know that the above-referenced policy letter was intended by Hubbard to illustrate and explain key laws (in Hubbard's view) necessary to the successful wielding of responsibility and what one must do when he moves off of (leaves) a position of power. Undoubtably this is a key policy letter in David Miscavige's [info] "hat [glossary] pack", since he is the successor to Hubbard's position of authority in Scientology.

There is much I could say about the "Simón Bolívar" policy letter, especially with regards to its application by the leaders of the cult of Scientology. But the purpose of this article is not to summarize and analyze the entire policy letter. The policy letter is one of Hubbard's longest; it runs almost ten pages in length.

The section I wish to comment upon may be found on page nine of the issue, where Hubbard states:

Man is too aberrated to understand at least 7 things about Power:

Point five states: [my comments in brackets]

When you move off a point of power, pay all your obligations on the nail [hush money], empower all your friends completely [give them responsibilities and authority] and move off with your pockets full of artillery [weapons cache at Gold?], potential blackmail [Life History forms and sec-check confessions] on every erstwhile rival, unlimited funds in your private account [OTC, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Kreditbank, etc] and the addresses of experienced assasssins [scary!] and go live in Bulgravia and bribe the police [a favorite OSA method, IMO].

When I first read this policy letter, I had an "MU" on the term "Bulgravia". I looked it up in the dictionary and an encyclopedia but never found it. That was in 1974 or 1975. I assumed at the time that Hubbard was using a fictitious name for a country. The thought that he might have meant "Bulgaria" entered my mind, but no matter. I didn't consider it important whether it was a real place or not, and apparently it wasn't, as far as I could determine. Perhaps I should have asked Mo Budlong, Mary Sue Hubbard or Jane Kember!

Since that point in time over 20 years ago, I have learned exactly what the reference was all about. As is the case with lots of Hubbard's policy letters, the "Simón Bolívar" policy is for public consumption. But there exists MUCH MORE on the subject of "power" and Hubbard's actual goals, programmes [sic], targets, plans, etc ("Admin Scale" stuff) as to EXACTLY what Hubbard intended.

It is my studied opinion that Hubbard chose BULGRAVIA out of a VERY clearly motivated purpose. The area known as BULGRAVIA was seen by Hubbard to be one easily infiltrated and controlled (my opinion).

BULGRAVIA is another one of Hubbard's acronyms. He LOVED acronyms (not my opinion). BULGRAVIA means the region consisting of BULgaria, GReece, Albania and YugoslaVIA.

For some VERY VERY enlightening information on the hidden intelligence activities of Scientology, go to [URLs updated -ed.K]:

<http://unchain.gr/SCIENTOL.HTM [offsite]>

(main page)

<http://unchain.gr/BULGRAVIA.html [offsite]>

(Project Bulgravia)

<http://unchain.gr/seizeddocs.html offsite]>

(many documents on OSA, CMO, INCOMM, CIA intervention, HCO Justice Manual, Dead-Agenting, PTSness, Security threats, Infiltration, Media handling, OSA Reports policies, German OSA, DSAs, OSA Int Confidential Greece ARM Handling Program, just to name some.

I find the pages to be very informative, since they show Scientology's HIDDEN agenda. It gives a look at some MORE of the stuff that Scientology doesn't want you to see.

I hope more people will link to the pages I mention….

Warrior

Note: In 1931, Hubbard was a student at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Another possibility is that "Bulgravia" was already in conversational use as a convenient desgination for a generic or fictional country, similar to "Ruritania [offsite]" or "Shangri La [offsite]". For instance, the 1931 movie "Honeymoon Lane" includes a character from "Bulgravia" [emphasis added -ed.K]:

The vaudeville and Broadway comedy team of Eddie Dowling and Ray Dooley (husband and wife, despite Dooley's masculine moniker) star in the 1931 musical Honeymoon Lane. Based on Dowling's 1925 stage vehicle of the same name, the story is set in motion when the king (Armand Kaliz) of the mythical European nation of Bulgravia visits an American health resort. Hero Tim Dugan (Dowling) appoints himself the king's unofficial protector, saving him from the larcenous designs of crooked gambler Arnold Bookstein (Grant Whitlock). As Gerty Murphy, Ray Dooley attempts to repeat her trademarked "bratty kid" characterization for the screen, with variable results (Dooley was at the time in her mid-30s). Incidentally, Eddie Dowling later went "legit" as the director-star of the original 1944 production of Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie. -All Movie Guide