Ever hear of a micronation? They claim independence as states or nations, but are not recognized by world governments. They often have their own coins, flags, and even royalty. And oh yeah, they are sometimes built on a platform in the ocean. (Yes, you read that correctly.)
Micronations have taken many forms, from Oceana, a country that existed from 1993 to 1994 on man-made floating hexagons 50 miles from Panama to the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands (2004-present), a micronation on small islands near the Great Barrier Reef.
You may hear someone talk about secession from America (usually a Texan or a Fox News host), but these nations were created by idealists who decided to (somewhat) act on their convictions. If the idea of forming a micronation sounds good (population: you), check out this flag designer app, pick up your copy of Micronations: The Lonely Planet Guide to Home-Made Nations, confer with this micrnonations wiki-list to be sure your name isn’t already taken, and pack your bags (or don’t, it really isn’t required).
The photo above is the Principality of Sealand. Cooler than a blanket fort, the Principality of Sealand is built on an old royal sea fort (the HM Fort Roughs) from World War II, just seven miles from the coast of England. The family of Paddy Roy Bates have occupied it since 1967, forming Sealand in 1975. It recently made the news when it formed Sealand’s newest company, HavenCo, as a safe place for data storage (meaning, out of the hands of the NSA). It is said to have a population of 27, living on a platform approximately 120×50 feet and 60 feet above sea level.
A micronation might not even be in one place. The Empire of Atlantium is based in Sydney, Australia and aims at promoting “non-territorial sovereignty.” Established in 1981 by three teenagers (George Francis Cruickshank, Geoffrey John Duggan and Claire Marie Duggan), they are a progressive group pushing for world government. Their 831 citizens are spread out over 60 countries. They too have royalty and their current Emperor is George II, who is interviewed in video below.
Just a step above creating a micronation in your mom’s basement is the Republic of Molossia. Probably the micronation with the best sense of humor, the Republic of Molossia is led by Dictator Kevin Baugh and consists mostly of his house. It has a navy, space program, its own coins, flags, and customs department. It has a population membership of 27 and is surrounded on all sides by Nevada.
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