The Anaheim Central Library is hosting the first North American MicroCon 2015 on Saturday, the 11th of April. This represents a gathering of world leaders but, despite what one might expect, representatives of powerful monarchies will not be present. This is an event held solely for rulers of micronations. Twenty-four countries will show off their flags this weekend at the reunion. According to press releases, their leaders are, in most cases, self-proclaimed and almost nobody has heard of their states.
People who have analyzed micronations, among them Steven F. Scharff – who has been doing so for many years, view them as something to be laughed at rather than regarded as serious. These micronations are like playgrounds for their leaders. According to its definition, a micronation is an allegedly independent state but it does not benefit from official recognition by international organizations or world governments. They are also called new country projects or model countries.
At a first glance, one may say that this is a joke, but these nations could not be more real and their monarchs take themselves very seriously. Some of them have their own stamps, railroad system, money, they make their royal accessories – such as swords and pendants that even some of the well-developed countries would be jealous of. Others issue their special passports that give citizens a sense of belonging.
These nations are located all over the planet, mostly on pieces of land that nobody had ever claimed. Some of them are not even inhabited. Such is the case of the Duke of Westarctica, Travis McHenry, who owns a part of Antarctica. His country has about 300 citizens who have chosen other parts of the world to live in, leaving the territory to be inhabited by penguins, which McHenry tries to protect as much as possible.
Most of these micronations are the direct result of their rulers’ imagination. For example, President Kevin Baugh, who is also responsible for the organization of this event, stated that it had been his life-time dream to have his own country. That is how The Republic of Molossia was born in 1977, when he was just a teenager. Other states are not limited to Planet Earth only. The Grand Dutchy of Broslavia from Albuquerque has land on outer space, more exactly on planet Pluto. Its earthly territory is only inhabited by five residents who are thoroughly protected by a military currently in possession of a gun that fires rubber bands.
In most cases, peace resides on the territory of micronations. The only exception was the case of The Republic of Rose Island which was blown off the map by Italy almost as soon as it was proclaimed.
Laughable or not, these tiny countries are here to stay and we might be seeing more events like the one hosted this weekend in the future.
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