Sovereign Military Order of Malta

 

The S.M.O.M. is an ancient organization founded under the aegis of the Roman Catholic church during the Crusades to protect pligrims on their way to the Holy Land. It now functions as a Catholic charitable organization (running a number of hospitals throughout the world), and enjoys limited diplomatic status as a “sovereign entity”, it has some features of a sovereign state, including an anthem and a flag (which features a white cross), and diplomatic relations with over 90 countries and Observer Status at the United Nations, but no territory.

Special thanks to: Erwin Hoheisel for the lyrics and Peter Breiner for the music file. Please note that while the anthem itself is public domain, this arrangement is © Peter Breiner and Naxos. Used with permission.