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.
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.
Principality of Hutt River
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.
Grand Duchy of Westarctica
When American Travis McHenry supposedly found a loophole in the Antarctic Treaty he ended up claiming a piece of Marie Byrd Land.
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.
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.
Republic of Minerva
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.
Kingdom of EnenKio
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.
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.
Principality of Seborga
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.
Global Country of World Peace
Founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of transcendental meditation, this country has no borders and prints its own currency.
Founded by Milwaukee resident Robert Ben Madison in his bedroom, Madison claims to have invented the term “micronation”.
Located in New Zealand, this micronation is famous for having a goat as its president.
Principality of Sealand
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.
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.
Kingdom of Vikesland
This micronation was founded in 2005 in Canada for the purpose of filming a documentary about micronations.
This internet based micronation was founded in 2008. It’s official languages consist of any language that can be translated online.
Principality of Wy
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.
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.
Principality of Marlborough
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.
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.
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.
Free Republic of Wendland
In 1980 German anti-nuclear protestors founded this micronation. It was stormed by police shortly thereafter.
Founded by Kevin Baugh in 1977, you’ll need your passport to enter this small micronation found in the middle of Nevada.
Rather than succumb to a forced merger with another nearby Italian village, Filettino decided on independence. They even started printing their own currency.
Dominion of Melchizedek
This infamous micronation is known for its involvement in financial crimes. As far as land is concerned, it claims several small Pacific islands.