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Small, Strange and Surreal: 3 of the Most Bizarre Micronations in the World
Weburbanist ^ | 24 Dec 2007 | Weburbanist

Posted on 12/27/2007 2:24:15 AM PST by BGHater

The Infamous Micronation of Sealand Close Up

Have you ever wanted to rule your very own country? A micronation is an area of land claimed by one or more persons to be independent from any major recognized nation in the world. Some of these have incredible histories of war, triumph and independence and still survive today, while others have long since been abandoned, annexed or destroyed.

Controversial Sealand Micronation Ocean Platform Sealand was established in the 1960s an Englishman and his family took possession of an abandoned anti-aircraft platform off the coast of Britain and declared it to be the Principality of Sealand. In the1970s a coup attempt was made and the island was taken over by one citizen of Sealand with outside assistance. Sealand was retaken with armed forces and its overthrowers were held for a time as prisoners of war until negotiations with foreign nations secured their release. More recently, Sealand caught fire though no one was seriously injured. Sealand has since been of international news interest in relationship to its controversial status as a data haven.

Molossia Funny Micronation in Nevada Molossia was founded in the 1970s on a small stretch of land in rural Nevada. The population of four claims to be an independent nation-state though it is completely encompassed by the United States of America. In theory, the country has a constitution. In practice, there has been “political unrest” which has given rise to a state of martial law in which the president (Kevin Baugh) has full authority. In Molossia, incandescent light bulbs, cat fish and tobacco have all been outlawed. Molossia was even host to the first ever intromicronational olympics.

Redonda Uninhabited Micronation Island

Redonda was first claimed by Christopher Columbus in 1493, though many have claimed to be the king of this strange uninhabited rock ever since. With steep cliffs and just one square mile of land, Redonda is essentially empty save for some feral goats. Redonda’s biggest natural resource has historically been bird excrement, which was mined at a rate of 7,000 tons per year around the turn of the 20th Century. More recently, a pub in England claimed to be an embassy from Redonda in an attempt to be exempted from the English smoking ban on workspace. They were denied such status.

Other micronations have not fared so well. The Republic of Rose Island, for instance, was a short-lived pursuit that was demolished by the Italian navy for not paying taxes. Another would-be micronation founder, Leicester Hemingway (brother of author Ernest Hemmingway) attempted to found his own such settlement known as New Atlantis only to be pillaged by Mexican fishermen. The island Republic of Minerva also did not last long, being quickly invaded and annexed by the neighboring Tonga. The bizarre Empire of Atlanteum, located in Sydney, Australia and founded with some interesting and bizarre ideals, still survives, though its international political and legal status is questionable. For more on the weird micronations of the world and how to visit them, you can check out the Lonely Planet awesome travel guide to the world’s micronations.

TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: country; hemmingway; micronation; sealand; small
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Link has plenty of videos.
1 posted on 12/27/2007 2:24:18 AM PST by BGHater
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bet immigrations isn’t a problem there

2 posted on 12/27/2007 2:35:38 AM PST by sure_fine ( " not one to over kill the thought process " )
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To: BGHater; NewRomeTacitus; wardaddy
"In Molossia, incandescent light bulbs, cat fish and tobacco have all been outlawed."

No catfish ? Sounds like it's time for a bloody revolution.

3 posted on 12/27/2007 2:47:03 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: BGHater
I rule my cubicle.
4 posted on 12/27/2007 2:52:55 AM PST by Gamecock (Aaron had what every megachurch pastor craves: a huge crowd that gave freely and lively worship.)
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To: Gamecock
I rule my cubicle

Ah, but are the "master of your domain"?

5 posted on 12/27/2007 2:58:29 AM PST by johniegrad
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6 posted on 12/27/2007 2:59:27 AM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Bush is destroying the solar system:The ice caps on Mars are shrinking too." --Right_Wing_Madman)
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To: BGHater

Well, I’m the emperor of the internet. Reccanize!

7 posted on 12/27/2007 3:06:13 AM PST by ovrtaxt (Hunter is ignored by the MSM for a reason.)
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To: ovrtaxt
"Well, I’m the emperor of the internet. Reccanize! "

Shhhhhh dude....your Mom will hear you....

8 posted on 12/27/2007 3:43:33 AM PST by nevergore ("It could be that the purpose of my life is simply to serve as a warning to others.")
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To: johniegrad

“Due to circumstances beyond my control, I am master of my fate and captain of my destiny.” -A. Brilliant

9 posted on 12/27/2007 4:11:45 AM PST by coloradan (Failing to protect the liberties of your enemies establishes precedents that will reach to yourself.)
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To: BGHater

Im a fat lazy member of the masses, ruled by whom ever advertises free beer.

10 posted on 12/27/2007 4:17:46 AM PST by DainBramage
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To: BGHater

I rule my household. Unfortunately my subjects are unruly.

11 posted on 12/27/2007 4:22:05 AM PST by Greg F (Duncan Hunter is a good man.)
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12 posted on 12/27/2007 4:25:22 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Big dog, big dog, bow-wow-wow! We'll crush crime, now, now, now!)
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan

I think one of those guys is my dad.

13 posted on 12/27/2007 4:27:55 AM PST by DainBramage
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My Dad ruled his own country, unfortunately, it was located entirely within our only bathroom.
14 posted on 12/27/2007 4:51:47 AM PST by ops33 (Retired USAF Senior Master Sergeant)
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To: johniegrad
...Ah, but are the "master of your domain"?...


From "The Contest". Seinfeld episode #51:

George [looking bedraggled]: My mother caught me.
Jerry: Caught you? Doing what?
George: You know.
[Jerry, Elaine, and Kramer fail to catch on.]
George: I was alone...
Elaine [realizing]: You mean...?
George: Uh-huh.
Kramer [laughing]: She caught you?
Jerry: Where?
George [reluctantly]: I stopped by the house to drop the car off, and I went inside for a few minutes. Nobody was there, they're supposed to be working. My mother had a Glamour magazine, I started leafing through it...
Jerry [incredulous]: Glamour?
[Kramer and Elaine laugh.]
George: So, one thing led to another...
Jerry: So what did she do?
George: Well, first she starts screaming "George! What are you doing? My God!" And it looked like she was gonna faint; she started clutching the wall, trying to hang on to it...
Kramer: Man...
George: I didn't know whether to keep her from falling or zip up!
Jerry: What did you do?
George: I zipped up!
Elaine: So she fell?
George: Yeah...well, I couldn't run over there the way I was.:[Jerry and Elaine mutter in agreement.]
George: So she fell, and then she started screaming "My back! My back!" So I picked her up and took her to the hospital.
Elaine [laughing]: How is she?
George: She's in traction.
Elaine [still laughing]: Okay, I'm sorry...
George [angry]: It's not funny, Elaine!
Elaine [stifling laughter]: I know, I'm fine.
George: Her back went out. She's gotta be there for a couple of days. All she said on the way over in the car was "Why, George? Why?"...I said "Because it's there!"
Jerry [still incredulous]: Glamour?!

15 posted on 12/27/2007 5:05:22 AM PST by FReepaholic (This tagline could indicate global warming.)
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To: BGHater

A really good movie, called “Welcome to Woop-Woop” depicts a rather interesting people who are independent and have their own state run enterprises. A real must see!

16 posted on 12/27/2007 5:07:33 AM PST by blackdog
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To: FReepaholic

Appropriately, the next logical post must reveal the “King of Beaver Island”, in north Lake Michigan.

17 posted on 12/27/2007 5:21:43 AM PST by Wildbill22
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To: BGHater

Does having a micronation mean that you can bottle your own microbrew?

18 posted on 12/27/2007 5:33:53 AM PST by Daffynition (The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.)
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To: blackdog

Yes, what an odd an entertaining movie.

“For a boy that age, every day is ‘dog day.’”

19 posted on 12/27/2007 5:34:31 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: BGHater

How can there be a nation inside the US?

20 posted on 12/27/2007 5:48:28 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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