October 22nd, 2014

[ANON POST] Keeping British Overseas Territory Citizenship after Leaving

Modern Day, NZ and UK.

I have a character, Spanish, born in La Linea, in Cadiz, who has lived in Gibraltar from 10 years old to 18 and a couple of years before that, because her mother works there and I assume that crossing the borders two times per day (long queues depending on the day, some tension in the spanish side of the border some days...) is too much of a bother.

I’ve searched “losing BOTC citizen status” “losing BOTC citizenship” “losing BOTC passport” and some other variations to no avail. I’ve gathered it’s hard enough to get the citizenship on the first place, and Gibraltar must be a great place to live because people apparently doesn’t leave.

I know that for example five years of residence in the UK or a British Overseas territory gives you citizenship. One of the conditions of it (for BOTC, anyway) is that you intend to live there permanently. My character is a bit of a nomad. Since getting the passport, she’s been living on Gibraltar (for two-three years), Spain, Ireland, the States and Canada, and she’s moving to New Zeland. I don’t think it’s relevant, but she moves that much because of work (the company is not based on Gibraltar).

She can lost her Gibraltarean citizenship because she is not a permanent resident anymore, or the government doesn’t keep track of that?

Pyres in the ground?

I'm trying to determine the logistics (if it is even possible) for an ancient culture to burn a body within a hole in the ground. As I understand it, ancient pyres/cremation left more of the body afterwards then modern cremation techniques provide. Given my fictional culture's issues with death (and the taboos around it) I'm already have them burning the deceased. It occurred to me that if it's possible for them to dig a whole, build a pyre within it, and burn the body there, they would then be able to cover it over without having to collect the ashes and remains for disposal.

I've been looking up ancient cremation techniques in a variety of cultures, the technicalities of funeral pyres (how long it takes to burn a body etc), and trying to find 'burning in the ground' (and varieties there of), but so far have found no information that tells me if this technique is even possible.

If anyone can point me in a direction, give me links, or has any helpful information, I'd appreciate it!
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