25 Coolest Micronations You Probably Never Heard Of

A micronation is any entity claiming to be an independent nation or state but without recognition from any existing governments or global organizations. These miniature “states” can be founded for any number of reasons but typically it is either for fun or to protest against something. Whatever the reason, from bedroom kingdoms to entire neighborhoods that declared independence, these are 25 Coolest Micronations You Probably Never Heard Of.

25

Liberland

LiberlandSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

This small micronation was founded on 13 April 2015 by Czech citizen Vít Jedlička due to a Serbia-Croatian border dispute. So far Vít has received nearly 250,000 applications for citizenship.

24

Principality of Hutt River

Principality of Hutt RiverSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

This small plot of land supposedly seceded from Australia in April 1970 and its leader calls himself Prince Leonard. Australia, however, does not recognize the micronation.

23

Grand Duchy of Westarctica

Grand Duchy of WestarcticaSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

When American Travis McHenry supposedly found a loophole in the Antarctic Treaty he ended up claiming a piece of Marie Byrd Land.

22

Glacier Republic

Glacier RepublicSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Found by Greenpeace activists in 2014 near the border of Argentina and Chile the intention has been to draw attention to a lack of protection for glaciers in the Andes Mountains.

21

Conch Republic

Conch RepublicSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

On April 23 1982, Key West Florida declared itself independent of the United States. This was a tongue-in-cheek gesture of protest to the US Highway Patrol setting up checkpoints in the region which were detrimental to tourism.

20

Republic of Minerva

Republic of MinervaSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Millionaire Michael Oliver decided he wanted his own country so he poured sand onto a reef off the coast of Tonga in an attempt to raise his new nation’s flag on dry ground. Not long afterwards though, the Tongan military came by and removed the flag.

19

Kingdom of EnenKio

Kingdom of EnenKioSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

This tiny micronation was founded on the US territory of Wake Island by a separatist group of Marshall Islanders. As with several other micronations on this list it has been labeled a scam to sell fake passports and documents.

18

Freetown Christiania

Freetown ChristianiaSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Founded in 1971, Freetown Christiania is a self proclaimed autonomous neighborhood in Copenhagen, Denmark. It has roughly 850 residents and considers itself to be the ultimate hippie paradise.

17

Principality of Seborga

Principality of SeborgaSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

For some reason this small Italian town has been left out of nearly every official treaty for over 1,000 years which led residents to declare de facto independence. Of course, the only thing this really accomplished was to boost their tourist industry.

16

Global Country of World Peace

Global Country of World PeaceSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of transcendental meditation, this country has no borders and prints its own currency.

15

Talossa

TalossaSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Founded by Milwaukee resident Robert Ben Madison in his bedroom, Madison claims to have invented the term “micronation”.

14

Whangamomona Republic

Whangamomona RepublicSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Located in New Zealand, this micronation is famous for having a goat as its president.

13

Principality of Sealand

Principality of SealandSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

The platform was setup as an anti-aircraft gunnery station during WWII. After the war though, Paddy Bates set up a pirate radio station here and eventually declared the platform an independent country.

12

Rose Island

Rose IslandSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

In 1968 Giorgio Rosa, an Italian architect, built a platform off the coast of Italy and declared it a sovereign nation. It was subsequently destroyed by the Italian military.

11

Kingdom of Vikesland

Kingdom of VikeslandSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

This micronation was founded in 2005 in Canada for the purpose of filming a documentary about micronations.

10

Wirtland

WirtlandSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

This internet based micronation was founded in 2008. It’s official languages consist of any language that can be translated online.

9

Principality of Wy

Principality of WySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

When Australian Paul Deprat got in an argument with the government over whether or not he was allowed to construct a driveway on his property he established this micronation.

8

Akhzivland

AkhzivlandSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Israeli citizen Eli Avivi founded this micronation in response to the government trying to bulldoze his house. The lawsuit brought against him by the government of Israel was thrown out by the judge and today the territory is actually promoted by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.

7

Principality of Marlborough

Principality of MarlboroughSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

A short-lived micronation in Australia, its creator decided to secede in order to avoid eviction from his farm following bankruptcy. It didn’t take long, however, for the police to show up and remove him from the property.

6

L'Anse-Saint-Jean

L'Anse-Saint-JeanSource: wikipedia, Image: creativecommons.org

On January 21 1997, residents of the village of L’Anse-Saint-Jean held a referendum to become an independent kingdom. Canada has not recognized their independence but they have managed to boost local tourism.

5

Aerican Empire

Aerican EmpireSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Started by Canadian Eric Lis, the name of the country is meant to be a play on words (American Empire/Erican Empire). It claimes territory in Montreal, Australia, and Pluto.

4

Free Republic of Wendland

Free Republic of WendlandSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

In 1980 German anti-nuclear protestors founded this micronation. It was stormed by police shortly thereafter.

3

Mollosia

MollosiaSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Founded by Kevin Baugh in 1977, you’ll need your passport to enter this small micronation found in the middle of Nevada.

2

Filettino

FilettinoSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Rather than succumb to a forced merger with another nearby Italian village, Filettino decided on independence. They even started printing their own currency.

1

Dominion of Melchizedek

Dominion of MelchizedekSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

This infamous micronation is known for its involvement in financial crimes. As far as land is concerned, it claims several small Pacific islands.



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