Micronations and Why They’ll Be the Future
Micronations are the next big thing, and they aren’t going away anytime soon. Since the dawn of civilization, people have been building imaginary nations out of whole cloth, but it’s only recently that micronations have begun to find more widespread acceptance and acclaim in the mainstream media and on the global stage.
What Is a Micronation?
A micronation is a self-proclaimed nation or state that is not officially recognized by world governments. Often, micronations are created as a form of political protest or artistic expression. One example of a successful micronation is Sealand, which was established in 1967 off England’s coast as an offshore radio station. After being abandoned for years, Prince Roy purchased it in 1967 and declared himself King Roy I. Since then, Sealand has become home to over 30 people who pay taxes to Roy for living there.
How Many Are There?
There are many micronations out there. Here is a list of just some of them: Sealand, a ship that was placed in international waters, Paravia, The Kingdom of Avallon (Avallonia), Atlantium, New Utopia, Hutt River Province (Australia), Umbrella State (Japan), Talossan Republic (worldwide but chiefly in Europe), etc… The vast majority are obscure or not serious but there are a few examples of micronations where independence has been declared to some degree. These include Bir Tawil, Molossia, Hutt River Province, and Liberland. A lot of these Micronations have their own flag showing them as being independent which makes them even more fun to investigate!
Legal Status of Micro-Nations
Micronations are not considered legal entities. This means that even though these countries have a government, currency, passports, flags, holidays, and citizens (among other things), they’re not recognized by any established country or international organization. So, what does that mean for their residents? For starters, you can’t travel using your passport to a micronation; it’s just as valid as having no identification at all. While some micronations accept each other’s citizenship as proof of legal status in their territory (most famously Sealand), others won’t recognize it.
The Benefits of a Micro-Nation
Regardless of whether you’re a citizen of your own personal micro-nation or are simply one of many citizens in a larger state, there are benefits to operating within such a framework. The self-sustaining nature of micronations means that any national resources it requires can be produced in-house. Every aspect of governance is easier to control when your territory is relatively small, including education, health care, defense systems and infrastructure projects.
Where Do I Start?
The first step to micronationalism is identifying your cause. This can be something like saving an endangered species, promoting environmentalism, or something completely different. Once you’ve settled on a cause, it’s time to start recruiting people. Take advantage of social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others are great places to spread the word about your campaign — and attract potential recruits.
Final Thoughts About Starting a Micro-Nation
With ever-expanding technology, micronation founders have shown us a future we didn’t think possible. But it was just 60 years ago that micronations would have seemed like a fantasy. In 1961, a man named Arnold Murray founded his own country in Australia, called Hutt River Province. The country included 2 areas of land totaling 23 hectares — smaller than Central Park in New York City. He made himself king, along with his wife queen, and daughter princess.