If you planing to visit a Micro-nation check this photo album before you choose your route. There are more than 400 in the world.
Delfontaine visited 12 locations throughout the US, Europe, and Australia. They included monarchies, republics, “funny dictatorships,” and some with no government at all. He earned citizenship in three—the Principality of Sealand, the Principality of Seborga, and the Conch Republic.
His book Micronations documents independent states that are just as varied and interesting as their official counterparts.
Regardless of their intention, these countries commit: They have national anthems and flags, passports and coins, militaries and laws. The Kingdom of Elleore hosts history classes for kids and created its own national sport.
The Republic of Saugeais (French: La République du Saugeais) is a long-lived self-proclaimed micronation located in eastern France, in the département of Doubs. The republic comprises the 11 municipalities.
In 1947, the prefect of the département of Doubs came to Montbenoît to attend an official event. The prefect had lunch in the Hôtel de l’Abbaye in Montbenoît, which was owned by Georges Pourchet. As a joke, Pourchet asked the prefect “Do you have a permit allowing you to enter the Republic of Saugeais?” The prefect asked for details on the mysterious republic, which Pourchet made up on the spot. The prefect responded by appointing Pourchet president of the Free Republic of Saugeais.
Official Name: The Realm Calsahara (Cal= California + Sahara= Desert)
Common Name: Calsahara
Land Area: 117 acres
Climate Type: High plains arid grassland
Temperature: 80F – 100F (day) and 50F – 65F (night)
Shoreline: 3,425 feet (inland river)
Roads: 2 miles (unpaved)
Location: On the Carrizo Plain in southern California
Capital City: Otisburg
Population: Varies by season, typically between 3 and 10
Gross National Happiness Index: 0.7202 (#2 Worldwide)
Government Type: Benevolent Dictatorship
Head of State: King Nicholas
Head of Government: Dictator for Life, Travis McHenry
Legal System: The Will of The People
The Conch Republic was born on April 23rd of 1982 in response to a United States Border blockade of the Florida Keys. Since the United States Government insisted on treating the Keys like a foreign country; Key West Mayor Dennis Wardlow seceded from the Union, declared war, surrendered, and demanded foreign aid. During the intervening years the U.S. never reacted to the secession, thereby establishing sovereignty for the Conch Republic under InteRnational Law Governing “adverse possession between sovereign nations”.
Christiania, also known as Freetown Christiania is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood of about 850 residents, covering 34 hectares (84 acres) in the borough of Christianshavn in the Danish capital Copenhagen. Civic authorities in Copenhagen regard Christiania as a large commune, but the area has a unique status in that it is regulated by a special law, the Christiania Law of 1989, which transfers parts of the supervision of the area from the municipality of Copenhagen to the state. It was closed by residents in April 2011, whilst discussions continued with the Danish government as to its future, but is now open again.
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