Saturday, June 18, 2005

What Are Micronations?

Micronations (also called Micro Nations) are the smallest form of official nationhood. Usually they are nations which hold little or no land, but have laid claim to sovereign independence and territory. Most are unrecognized by the major countries of the world.

In most cases, Micronations are attempts at founding new countries. They often declare dominion over land that actually exists, often tiny, isolated islands, or other areas undeveloped by major world powers. Like other countries, many Micronations have proclaimed declarations of independence, adopted constitutions, sought diplomatic recognition, appointed ambassadors, displayed national flags, and issued stamps, passports, and currency.

There are several types of Micronations, ranging from small established and "landed" states, such as the Island of Antigua, with a population less than a hundred thousand people, to "model" nations which may have as few as one citizens. Most usually Micronations fall within the following categories:

ESTABLISHED STATES: These Micronations are most usually termed "Micro States". They actually own soverign land, and are recognized as independant by one or more major world countries. Established Micronations include small independant islands such as Antigua, and Vatican City, which holds only 108 acres of sovereign land. Most other forms of Micronations seek to be established, "landed" states of this type.

Read more about: EXILED STATES, UNRECOGNIZED PEOPLES, MODEL STATES, IMAGINARY STATES

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