Unexpected places can be found everywhere. The today society might have put borders to lands but will never be able to draw limit lines to a person’s imagination.There are no limits, not even sky. And in this post we will realize what a person is able to do!
According to the UN there are 195 nations in the world today. But during a research that I did, there are more than 195! Micronations can be found everywhere in this planet. There no specific reasons for them existence. Some are to support art, other to protect them homes, communities or even them cultural roots and some other because of egocentric personalities.
What is a “Micronation”?
A micronation, sometimes referred to as a model country or new country project,
is an entity that claims to be an independent nation or state but is not recognized by world governments or major international organizations. Micronations are distinguished from imaginary countries and from other kinds of social groups (such as eco-villages, campuses, tribes, clans, sects, and residential community associations) by expressing a formal and persistent, even if unrecognized, claim of sovereignty over some physical territory.
Several micronations have issued coins, flags, postage stamps, passports, medals, and other items. These items are rarely accepted outside of their own community but may be sold as novelties to help raise money or collected by enthusiasts.
Top 5 Micronations that you have to visit!
Motto: We Seceded Where Others Failed
The Conch Republic (República de la Concha) is a micronation declared as a tongue-in-cheek secession of the city of Key West, Florida, from the United States on April 23, 1982. It has been maintained as a tourism booster for the city since. Since then, the term “Conch Republic” has been expanded to refer to “all of the Florida Keys, or, that geographic apportionment of land that falls within the legally defined boundaries of Monroe County, Florida, northward to ‘Skeeter’s Last Chance Saloon’ in Florida City, Dade County, Florida, with Key West as the nation’s capital and all territories north of Key West being referred to as ‘The Northern Territories'”. Its status is Under USA control, official language is English and purported currency is Conch Dollar (US Dollar de facto). The Conch Republic celebrates Independence Day every April 23 as part of a week-long festival of activities involving numerous businesses in Key West.
Grand Duchy of Flandrensis
Motto: Flandrensis Domi Nostrae
The Grand Duchy of Flandrensis (Dutch: Groothertogdom Flandrensis) is a micronation with claims over some territories of Antarctica, which was founded in 2008 by the Belgian Niels Vermeersch. Flandrensis is not recognized by any country or government, nor is it their intention to be recognized as a country. Official languages are Dutch and English and purported currency is Flandri.
Principality of Hutt River
Motto: Dum Spiro Spero
“While I Breathe, I Hope”
The Principality of Hutt River is a micronation in Australia. The principality claims to be an independent sovereign state and to have achieved legal status on 21 April 1970, although it remains unrecognised by Australia. The principality is located 517 km (354 mi) north of Perth, near the town of Northampton in the state of Western Australia. It has an area of 75 square kilometres (29 sq mi), making it larger than several independent countries. Hutt River is a regional tourist attraction, and issues its own currency, stamps, and passports. The micronation was founded on 21 April 1970 by Leonard Casley, who declared his farm to be an independent republic under the name Hutt River Province. He seceded from Australia over a dispute surrounding wheat production quotas. A few years later, Casley began styling himself Prince Leonard and granting family members royal titles, although he did not include the word “principality” in his country’s official name until 2006. Official language is English and purported currency is Hutt River Dollar,which is tied with an Australian Dollar.
Republic of Molossia
Motto: Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
Molossia, also known as the self-proclaimed Republic of Molossia, is a micronation in the United States, founded by Kevin Baugh (b. July 30, 1962) and headquartered at his home in Dayton, Nevada. The Republic of Molossia has claimed itself a nation but it is not recognized as a country by the United Nations or any country. It consists of Baugh’s house (known as the Government House), about 0.01 acres (40 m2) in size, and 1.3 acres (5,000 m2) of surrounding property, enclaved by Nevada. It used to claim a property in Pennsylvania as well. Molossia was established as a childhood project in 1977, and evolved into a territorial entity in the late 1990s.The name Molossia is derived from the Spanish word morro which means “small rocky hill”. Baugh has stated the ancient Greek tribe of Molossians is unrelated. What is intresting about this micronation are the fact that:
- Molossia has a space program. The Republic of Molossia Ministry for Air and Space Exploration is charged with all matters related to air and spacecraft in the republic; it used to be under command of the now disbanded Molossian Air Force. It has many active projects including the Skylofter Project.
- Molossia is at war with East Germany. The Republic of Molossia has claimed to be fighting a war with East Germany and it has issued war bonds to finance the war effort. It claims to have been fighting it since November 2, 1983. Although East Germany is now defunct, President Baugh asserts that Ernst Thälmann Island, allegedly given to East Germany by Cuba in 1972, is sovereign territory of East Germany, and thus allows the war to continue. In reality, the island has always been under Cuban sovereignty and was not given to East Germany; Fidel Castro merely renamed the island after a 1930s-era German communist leader, Ernst Thälmann, during a Cuban state visit by East German leader Erich Honecker in June 1972.
- Molossia has Foreign Relations even if it is not recognized as a nation. Molossia recognizes several other micronations, with numerous treaties enacted to this end. In May 2008, a summit was held with Grand Duke Paul, leader of the Grand Duchy of Greifenberg, another micronation. Plans were made for the revitalization of the League of Small Nations, a nearly defunct organization devoted to the prosperity of all micronations claiming land. This was Molossia’s first formal state visit. Molossia asserts it was one of the first countries to recognize the Republic of Kosovo, one day after the Albanian majority country was declared on February 18, 2008, with Baugh sending an official letter to the newly formed government. However Molossia now only opens informal relations with other states.
Official language is English and purported currency is Valora.
Principality of Wy
Motto: Ex Municipalis Vincit
The Principality of Wy is an Australian micronation based in the Sydney suburb of Mosman. Established in 2004 in response to a lengthy dispute with the local council, ‘Prince Paul’ Delprat also describes it as ‘the Artists’ Principality’, and the website includes selected artworks by artists connected with the principality and commentary supporting aspects of the visual arts. On 21 February 2011, a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for Principality of Wy. On 1 September 2010 a similar trademark registration was filed in Australia by Prince Paul (Paul Delprat). The application was accepted on 6 January 2011 and on 2 June 2011 Australian Trade Mark No. 1381350 (Principality of Wy) became a registered and protected trademark.
Official language is English and purported currency is Wybloon.
The funny thing is that everyone can build a micronation. You and your friends can do the impossible, possible. There are no limits, no borders and no bad ideas! There are numerous of micronations all around the globe, some of them goes back at 954AD (Principality of Seborga) which a town in the Italian region of Liguria that claims never to have been a part of the modern Italian state. And some other have no land but have some space to internet like Kingdom of Hanover.So, follow your heart and your dreams, nothing is wrong or right and nothing is normal or crazy!
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