I’ve realized over the years that I keep writing about gypsies, a race of people that few “outsiders” ever want to bother to understand. The gypsies are just there, usually bothersome, and the most compassionate outsiders just want them to “integrate” and be like everyone else.
One of the reasons they won’t “be like everyone else” is precisely because they have so many of their own parallel customs and institutions, one of them being the stabor (stah-bore).
Essentially it’s the gypsy version of the “Supreme Court”, where they bring their own complaints to their own court and have the cases judged in the gypsy way. Here in Romania the judges on the Stabor even dress up exactly the same as regular judges, complete with black robe and oversized white tie.
The current “chief justice” of the Stabor is none other than Dorin Cioaba, former son of the “king of all gypsies” and now, due to rulings by the Stabor, he himself is now the “king of all gypsies” even if his name is hilariously misspelled as “Dorian” on his own website LOL
When he’s not busy on the court, Chief Justice Dorin Cioaba is a project meneger, an “authorized” conflict mediator and has a lucrative side business selling gypsy dolls.
AND NOW YOU KNOW!