Principality of Freedonia

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Not to be confused with Freedonia.
Principality of Freedonia
Micronation
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Motto: Kill Or Die
Location None
Official languages English
Demonym Freedonian
Organizational structure Constitutional monarchy
 -  King John I (1997-2004) Jlk I (2014-Present)
Establishment
 -  Declared 1997 
Membership < 300 (1997-2004) 546 (2014-Present)
Purported Currency Euro

The Principality of Freedonia was a micronation based on libertarian principles. It was created as a "hypothetical project" by a group of teenagers in the United States in 1992.[1] The project was formalized as a new country project in 1997, which included attempts in 2001 to lease territory in Somaliland.[1] The attempt to lease land was rejected, and a riot ensued in response to the attempt, in which it is purported that one person died.[1]

It was headed by a Texas university student named John Kyle, who uses the title Prince John and the nation started functioning in 2014 by Jlk. Mlk is the new general of FreeDonia I.[2][3] The Principality of Freedonia itself was based in Boston, Massachusetts.[4]

Coinage[edit]

While the Freedonia project was active, it minted its own currency.[4] It had a number of 50 Freedonian dollar 1 oz silver coins minted.[5] It offered these coins for sale on the organization's website.[6]

Current status[edit]

The Freedonia project's website has not been updated for a number of years and its discussion forum no longer functions, email communication with the self-styled Prince does not work, and the entire project appears to be defunct. E-mail statements from the founder indicate that the project is not being actively pursued as of 2004.[5]

As of 2013, the Freedonia website is no longer available. In 2014 Jlk started a Facebook page about Freedoniajlk.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bahareth, Mohamma (2011). Micronations. iUniverse. ISBN 1462069266. 
  2. ^ Lonely Planet Micronations, John Ryan, George Dunford, and Simon Sellars, Lonely Planet Publications, ISBN 1741047307 (paperback)
  3. ^ "Wanted: Homeland for 300 Webheads". Metroactive. 22 November 2000. Retrieved 2 January 2006. 
  4. ^ a b Blumberg, Alex. "It's Good to Be King". Wired. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bank of Freedonia". The Principality of Freedonia. Archived from the original on 20 August 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2006. 

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