Dracula's Descendant Wants His Own Country

Now Dracula's hard at work forming his own country. German officials may be laughing him off, but he's already begun printing maroon-colored passports, complete with the Kretzulesco family crest.

He also has advanced plans for the Kingdom of Dracula stamps and automobile license plates.

Is it another marketing ploy to lure tourists to his castle?

"We're very serious about it," he said.

The secession drive was set off by a government order that would force Schenkendorf to merge with seven other small nearby villages — an act sure to raise local taxes, some local residents believe.

Dracula and his followers have even set up a shadow government Cabinet, with the Schenkendorf mayor picked to become the first president. Dracula would serve as the "kingdom's representative."

"This Dracula," he says, "plans to leave a very different legacy."

Buck Wolf is entertainment producer at ABCNEWS.com. The Wolf Files is published Tuesdays. If you want to receive weekly notice when a new column is published, join the e-mail list.

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