Top 10 Curious Micronations

By | February 27, 2023

Not to be confused with micro-states, micronations are ‘almost’ independent, but not quite. They are not officially recognized as independent nations by other countries, yet often have an almost completely independent system of governance, with its own institutions and institutions, laws, flags and sometimes even a national anthem! Micro-states, in contrast to micronations, are recognized as independent (such as Vatican City and Singapore). Check remzfamily for list of 10 small countries that were once big empires.

The reasons for starting a micronation are diverse, such states have arisen as a joke, an expression of art, as an experiment, out of protest, or sometimes even because of criminal activity. Whatever the reason was or is, the areas in this top ten still have their own administration and management today.

10. Greenpeace’s Waveland

Greenpeace, the worldwide known and infamous environmental organization, owns a rock near the coast of Great Britain. The uninhabited stretch of rock is also called Rockall and has been in England, Denmark, Ireland and Iceland throughout history. Before the activists occupied the rock, it belonged to England, and officially it still does. However, the British are not too bothered that Greenpeace has taken this bare rock, and therefore they tolerate the presence of the activists. Greenpeace named the island ‘Waveland’ in 1997 and they stayed on it until 1999 to protest oil exploitation in the North Sea. Nowadays, however, there is only a (solar-powered) light beacon to warn ships to stay away.

9. The Other World

In the Czech Republic there is an area of ​​about 0.02 square kilometers (20,000 square meters) that goes by the name “The Other World”. For comparison, a football field is about 8,200 square feet in size, so this country is about two and a half football fields in size! It arose from a resort for BDSM people (bondage & discipline, sadism & masochism) with a preference for female domination (femdom).

The ‘country’ has its own rules, currency, police, flags, and national anthem! Her motto: “Women over men”. Its inhabitants are led by a queen (Patricia the First), who practices autocracy, and men are inferior to women in everything they do. Their main goal: to expand territory and spread female dominance over more and more males.

8. The Principality of the Hutt River

In 1970, Leonard Casley founded this principality, as a result of a conflict between the Australian state and five families living in the Hutt River delta over crop quotas. The families broke the quotas a bit (by a factor of 1,000 in Casley’s own case!) and the government sent a representative to talk to them. They appointed Casley the trustee, legally empowering him to use that title. Casley, however, went beyond ‘just’ trustee, and made himself His Highness Prince Leonard the First. Under the laws of Australia, no person of royal blood could be charged with treason, so this was a good basis for Leonard to separate his ‘country’ from Australia. After all, no one could accuse him of it!

The Australian government was particularly unhappy with the loss of tax revenue, so they initiated a post-boycott in 1976. However, the Huttians were not easily defeated, as Prince Leonard declared war on Australia. The consequence? The post was resumed and Australia is now just letting the area ‘exist’.

Some statistics: the area is about 75 square kilometers. The old city center of Delft is about 1 square kilometer, so the area is comparable to 75 times Old Delft. About 23 people live on that large piece of land, but every year about 40,000 tourists also end up there! They have their own national anthem, flag, currency, official seal and motto, which reads: “while I breathe, I hope”.

7. The Republic of Molossia

Just outside Dayton, Nevada, lives Kevin Baugh, president of Molossia, dictator and dictator with uniform and all the trimmings. His country is ‘a hobby’. Although he pays taxes to the United States, he does not call this tax but ‘foreign aid’. In addition, there are a number of things that are absolutely forbidden in Molossia, such as onions, guns, walruses and everything from Texas except Kelly Clarkson. Two or three other people live in this utopian world besides Kevin, his wife and son Carson. The total area (divided over several estates) is approximately 55,000 square meters.

6. The Principality of Zeeland

Perhaps one of the most famous micronations in the world, Sealand’s Principality lies just off the coast of England (about 10 kilometers) and was once a naval fortress in World War II. Paddy Roy Bates took over the artificial island in 1967 and used it to broadcast a pirate radio station. He and his family claim to be an independent nation, and therefore have their own passports. Because of its location outside official British waters, the island is not subject to British legislative regulation, and since the Germans sent a diplomat there, Bates has claimed to be officially recognized as a nation. But a nation, that is of course a nice thing to have! Alexander Achenbach, the self-proclaimed Prime Minister of Zeeland, thought so too. Together with some like-minded Germans and Dutchmen, Alexander staged a coup and kidnapped Bates’ son (who was released a few days later in the Netherlands). Bates retook his island with the help of armed militants and helicopters. The others were allowed to return to their country after the battle was over, but Bates kept Achenbach on Zeeland. After all, Achenbach had a Zeeland passport and could therefore be convicted of high treason. He could only get out of this by paying a large fine. The British did not want to intervene, so the Germans sent a diplomat to calm things down.

Later events also raised the eyebrows of many. In 1990, passing ships were fired from the island, and in 2007, after being banned from Sweden, Pirate Bay wanted to buy the island to use as a headquarters. About 27 people live on the ‘island’ of about 550 square meters. The average house in the Netherlands has an area of ​​about 75 square meters, but a large house can easily have 500!

5. The Grand Duchy of Antarctica

The seventh continent, where no one lives except for a handful of penguins. Years ago, after being fully mapped, it was split up and distributed among various nations in the world. However, there is an area called West Antarctic Marie Byrd Land, between the area of ​​Chile and New Zealand, which is not claimed by any country. In 2001, Travis McHenry saw this as an opportunity to crown himself king, and thinking so, declared the piece of land an independent nation, with himself as ruler. However, there are no residents who can live there all year round, and what’s more, no one from the government of the ‘land’ has ever been on the land itself! McHenry’s ideas or intentions are rather unclear, but nevertheless the country has (a small number of) coins and seals,

4.Pitcairn

Pitcairn is one of the few micronations today that has a long history. You may have heard of the mutiny on the ship the Bounty. The evil Captain Bligh was overpowered by mutineers who wanted to return to sunny Tahiti, rather than rainy England (very understandable). They first landed in Pitcairn, and some mutineers stayed there and founded their own little country. Others went on to Tahiti.

Pitcairn, although not officially recognized, has an independent democratic government, a mayor who is also the ruler of the entire island, and a population of about 50. It is the smallest democracy in the world, and has fewer voters than we in the Netherlands Have room seats!

3. Freetown of Christiania

Freetown of Christiania

In 1971, a group of ambitious free thinkers, artists and hippies occupy an abandoned military camp in Denmark, near Copenhagen. It’s either the world’s first anarchist nation or a dump overrun with bums and squatters. Whatever you call it, there are about 850 people living in this ‘country’ and their official motto is “you can’t beat us to death” (in Danish: “I kan ikke slå os ihjel”).

As a true anarchy nation, Christiania has no crime, population, or other data that would be useful in assessing how the “country” is prospering. The area is smaller than a square kilometer (ie a football field) and the residents still pay taxes to Copenhagen, but the same residents still feel like a nation of their own. They have their own laws and public services, although there isn’t really a police force to enforce these laws. Heavy drugs are prohibited, but in ‘Pusher street’ visitors can just buy marijuana and the like!

2. Republic of Minerva

Republic of Minerva

Michael Oliver, a millionaire who liked to keep his pennies, desired a utopian country where no taxes, subsidies or other welfare restrictions were implemented by the state. And as a millionaire, wishes sometimes come true. The same goes for Oliver, who in 1971 acquired a reef between Tonga and New Zealand. With the help of some financial incentive, tons and tons of sand were poured onto the reef, creating a narrow island. After all, if you are rich, then you make your own country, right?

The hope was that tourism would bring enough income to keep the island afloat. A president was elected (Morris Davis) and a declaration of independence was written and sent to nearby nations. Tonga, however, became suspicious, and so claimed that the island was within their waters. They were therefore empowered, in their opinion, to forcibly hunt down the inhabitants of the island and bring down their flag. The South Pacific Forum agreed, so Oliver had to swallow that decision, and literally watch his money “go under.”

President Davis later tried to occupy the island again, but was again thrown off by Tonga. Today, the reef has more or less sunk back to its original underwater level.

1. The Nation of Celestial Space

The Nation of Celestial Space

Of all the micronations, this is the most absurd. In 1949 James Thomas Mangan founded his own nation in the unclaimed area ‘the universe, minus the planet Earth’. In other words, everything except our planet belonged to him.

Most people ignored this crazy idea, but this did not stop Mangan from printing currency, stamps and rules. In the Cold War, as America and Russia pushed higher and higher into the atmosphere, Mangan sent letters to the appropriate government agencies complaining that his nation’s borders had been overrun.

Mangan wasn’t even the only one who wanted to claim the universe. But in 1967 a treaty for Extraterrestrial Space banned claiming (parts of) the universe. The surface of the sun, and all sorts of other places were also unclaimable from now on. Unfortunately, no sun nation, we will have to make do with sun destinations such as Turkey and the Canary Islands…

It seems simple enough, if you don’t agree with your country’s policies, or if you just have nothing to do on a Saturday, why don’t you found your own country? But first find a place on earth that hasn’t been claimed by anyone else yet… and then go and live there! It might be a better idea to start a forum or blog on the internet. That saves you time and effort, and the internet is almost endless! Never lack of space…