10 Bizarre Micronations
1The Kingdom of Talossa Created by 14-Year-Old
On December 26, 1979 from his bedroom in Milwaukee Wisconsin, 14-year-old Robert Ben Madison declared it a separate country called Talossa and appointed himself King. While this proclamation has never been recognized by any Government, Talossa is considered one of the first micronations, inspiring many copycats. Madison/Talossa was tech-savvy enough to have its own website since 1995. It now boasts 222 “citizens” (you can become one here.)
This peaceful Kingdom is not without internal strife – in 2004 a group seceded, forming the Republic of Talossa. However, in 2012 the “country” was made whole again.
2Principality of Sealand on a Platform
3Province of Bumbunga Printed Own Stamps
The Province of Bumbunga is yet another tiny breakaway region from a First World country – in this case, Australia. It was founded March 29, 1976 by Alex Brackstone, a former monkey-trainer and British Crown loyalist who did not like how Australia was turning against the monarchy. He created Bumbunga on his 4 hectare property and named himself Governor, so at least a small part of the country would still be loyal to the British Throne. He tried to create a giant model of Great Britain out of strawberry patches, but they ended up dying in a drought.
Bumbunga also issued a series of stamps with British royalty; these cannot be used to actually mail anything but became a collector's item amongst nerds.
4Ladonia Created Because of Lawsuit
On June 2, 1996, the tiny country of Ladonia was founded by artist Lars Vilks in a nature reserve in southern Sweden because of a legal dispute over his art. In 1980, he had built a 70-ton driftwood sculpture entitled Nimis in this remote region accessible only by water or a long hike. When the authorities finally discovered it, they ordered it destroyed and a years-long battle in the courts ensued. After losing his last appeal, Vilks created the country of Ladonia, which he says trades only in creative expression. There is a queen and crown princess as well as ambassadors and ministers and its official language only has two words: “waaaall” and “ÿp” (although it's unclear what they mean). Anyone can apply to be a citizen here as Ladonia claims all its people are nomads.
5Grand Duchy of Avram Minted Coins, Won Lawsuit Against Australia
6The Republic of Kugelmugel is Inside Round House, Leader in Exile
7North Dumpling Island Founded By Rich Weirdo
The inventor of the Segway, Dean Kamen, owns this tiny island just off Long Island, New York (and north of South Dumpling Island). Like many micronations on this list, it was started because of a dispute with government authorities about building something without permission – in this case it was a wind turbine. Kamen “seceded” and established his own one-man nation with flag, navy, currency, and even its own anthem written by Broadway director Paul Lazarus, who is also the nation's Ministry of Brunch. He even got his friend President George H.W. Bush to sign a “non-aggression” pact. While this is the folly of a very rich, well connected person, he claims his busy life offers no time to relax and this lets him unwind. Why not just take a ride along a trail on a Segway instead?
8Grand Duchy of Westarctica Exists Because of Technicality
9Austenasia is a Monarchy-Within-a-Monarchy
On October 20, 2008, at 11:30 am British Standard Time, another 14-year-old boy (see #1) declared a tiny nation within a bigger country's borders; in this case it was Jonathan Austen declaring his father Terry Emperor and himself Crown prince of Austenasia, located within the confines of their London flat. The country is run as a constitutional monarchy and has expanded to 5 “territories” in the nearby area. They are very serious about their endeavor (they claim Articles 1 and 3 of the 1933 Montevideo Convention allow them to declare their sovereignty) and have created dozens of Acts of Parliament. You can become an "honorary subject" here. They say you can visit their country as long as they are contacted beforehand. The website asks “just don't turn up.”
10Wirtland is Everywhere
How to start your own micronation in 9 easy steps!
1. Be very rich or very young
2. Be an artist and/or a little bit crazy
3. Give the country a funny name and yourself a ridiculous title
4. Write a declaration, cite Article 1 and 3 of Montevideo Convention
5. Try and get your president friend to sign a non-aggression pact
6. Set up a website and offer free citizenship
7. Mint your own coins or stamps
8. Prepare to be thrown in jail or taken to court for doing #7
9. If micronation is larger than 1 person, prepare for civil war or coup
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