Nutopia

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Flag of Nutopia.

Nutopia is a conceptual country, sometimes referred to as a micronation,[1] founded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. One of the reasons that the country was founded was to address Lennon's then-ongoing immigration problems through satirical means. There is no leadership and not all citizenships have been recorded. As a result, the population is unknown.

Nutopia is a portmanteau of "new" and "utopia" which suggests Nutopia is a new, utopian society.

History[edit]

On April Fool's Day 1973, John and Yoko introduced the conceptual country of Nutopia at a press conference in New York City.[2]

The Lennons were ambassadors of the country and sought (creatively, though unsuccessfully) diplomatic immunity to end Lennon's ongoing immigration troubles, as he and Ono tried to remain in the United States. (Ono already had a Resident Alien "green card" through her previous husband, Tony Cox. Lennon had been denied permanent residence status.) John talked about the imaginary country, which would live up to the ideals of his song "Imagine", saying this in the "official" declaration:

We announce the birth of a conceptual country, NUTOPIA. Citizenship of the country can be obtained by declaration of your awareness of NUTOPIA. NUTOPIA has no land, no boundaries, no passports, only people. NUTOPIA has no laws other than cosmic. All people of NUTOPIA are ambassadors of the country. As two ambassadors of NUTOPIA, we ask for diplomatic immunity and recognition in the United Nations of our country and its people.[3]

In 2006, a Nutopia website was created that forwards to a site about the documentary The U.S. vs. John Lennon, distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment.[4][5]

Symbols[edit]

The entrance to the Dakota building which had a sign posted that the Nutopian Embassy was there.

The flag of Nutopia has only one colour: white. Some criticised this association with surrender, but Lennon and Ono defended that association, saying that only through surrender and compromise can peace be achieved. Lennon's album "Mind Games" (1973) features the Nutopian International Anthem, which is 3 seconds of silence. U2 later adopted the Nutopian flag as a part of their live performance of the political songs from their third album, War. An example of this can be seen on the video version of U2's live album Under a Blood Red Sky, during the famous performance of their song "Sunday Bloody Sunday", which shares the same title as a song from Lennon's album Some Time in New York City.[citation needed]

The seal of Nutopia has a picture of the marine animal of the same name, a seal.[6][7]

A plaque engraved with the words "NUTOPIAN EMBASSY" was duly installed at their home at the Dakota. Yoko remarked that guests in her home prefer walking through that door instead of the front entrance, saying the kitchen door is the new front door.[8]

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