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Micronations, sometimes also referred to as model countries and new country projects, are small, self-proclaimed entities that claim to be independent sovereign states but which are not acknowledged as such by any recognised sovereign state, or by any supranational organization. They should not be confused with microstates, which are recognised independent states of a small size, nor should they be confused with unrecognised states, which are of more geopolitical significance because they exercise clear control of actual territory to the exclusion of widely recognized countries.

Motivations for the creation of micronations include theoretical experimentation, political protest, artistic expression, personal entertainment and the conduct of criminal activity.[1]: 4 

The following is a list of notable micronations.


Flag Date Name Location Description
Flag of Flandrensis.svg 2008–present Grand Duchy of Flandrensis An Antarctic micronation that seeks to draw attention to environmental concerns,[2] founded by Niels Vermeersch.[3]
Flag of Westarctica.png 2001–present Grand Duchy of Westarctica
The Grand Duchy of Westarctica is an Antarctic micronation established in 2001 that claims the territory known as Marie Byrd Land.[4]
Flag of the Kingdom of Redonda.svg 1865–present Kingdom of Redonda A small uninhabited island in the Caribbean sea, now legally part of Antigua and Barbuda. In 1865, a citizen of Montserrat was supposedly permitted by Queen Victoria to claim the title of King of Redonda, as long as he did not incite any revolt against colonial authority.[1]: 108 
Bandera d'Atlantium.svg 1981–present Empire of Atlantium Based in Australia, it advocates for global governance: specifically, no borders and freedom of movement.[5]
1980s–present Grand Duchy of Avram
A non-territorial micronation founded by an eccentric self-proclaimed duke, John Rudge, who was later elected to the Tasmanian state parliament.[1]: 144 
Principality of Snake Hill flag.jpg 2003–present Principality of Snake Hill
A family of Australian residents could no longer afford to pay taxes, and after litigation over a mortgage and being inspired by the Principality of Hutt River, they did legal research and came to the conclusion that forming a country would be completely legal under Australian law, and thus they declared independence on 2 September 2003.[6]
Link to file 2004–present Principality of Wy
Established by Paul Delprat during a dispute with the local council of Mosman municipality in Sydney over the construction of a driveway to his property.[7]
2013–present Sovereign Yidindji Government
A micronation that is the traditional homeland of an aboriginal nation. It declared its independence from Australia.
Flag of Murrawarri Republic.svg 2013–present Murrawarri Republic
A micronation that is the traditional homeland of an aboriginal nation. It declared its independence from Australia.
Islandia-2.png 2018–present Principality of Islandia The Principality of Islandia is an incipient micronation that claims the small Belizean island of Coffee Caye as its territory. It is a crowdfunded effort.[8]
2002–present Hajdučka Republika Mijata Tomića A protest project (based on Vran mountain, in Blidinje Nature Park, Bosnia and Herzegovina) started by a local because of inefficiency of problems with the local electricity supply.[9]
Flag of Aerica.svg 1987–present Aerican Empire An eccentric tongue-in-cheek micronation. It claims various terrestrial and interplanetary territories.[1]: 102 
Link to file 1997–present Le Royaume de L'Anse-Saint-Jean
It achieved a certain notoriety when its citizens held a referendum on 21 January 1997 to turn the village into Le Royaume de L'Anse-Saint-Jean (The Kingdom of L'Anse Saint Jean), the continent's first "municipal monarchy".[10]
Flag of the Kingdom of Araucanía and Patagonia.svg 1873–present Kingdom of Araucanía and Patagonia After the fall of the kingdom and death of Orélie-Antoine, the title of King of Patagonia passed between various French citizens. The current "king" is Frédéric Luz.
Glacier Republic Flag.svg 2014–present Glacier Republic
Founded by Greenpeace activists in a disputed border region of the Andes between Chile and Argentina, for the purpose of drawing attention to Chile's lack of environmental protection for glaciers.[11][12]
Flag of Liberland.svg 2015–present Free Republic of Liberland Claims an uninhabited parcel of disputed land on the western bank of the Danube known as Siga, between Croatia and Serbia. It was created by Czech politician and activist Vít Jedlička.
Flag of the Kingdom of Wallachia.svg 1997–present Kingdom of Wallachia A tongue-in-cheek micronation founded in 1997 as an "elaborate practical joke", located in the northeast corner of the Czech Republic.
Flag of Christiania.svg 1971–present Freetown Christiania Christiania, also known as Freetown Christiania, is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood in the Danish capital of Copenhagen. The commune occupies the site of an old barracks and is home to almost 1,000 residents.[13]
Flag of Elleore.svg 1944–present Kingdom of Elleore
A tongue-in-cheek micronation founded by a group of school teachers as a summer camp on the island of Elleore, Denmark.[1]: 42 
Flag of Principality of Aigues-Mortes.svg 2010–present Principality of Aigues-Mortes A micronation that claims the French city of Aigues-Mortes.[14] Together with local merchants and the touristic office of Aigues-Mortes they created the BPAM (Bourse princière d'Aigues-Mortes) to handle currency exchange with the local currency, the flamant.[15][16]
Flag of the Principality of Laàs.svg 2015–present Principality of Laàs
Micronation promoting tourism.
Reunionfl.gif 1997–present Holy Empire of Reunion
A micronation founded by Brazilian law students as a political simulation. Reunion has a very active political system. It has issued passports, minted coins and is considered one of the most important Lusophone micronations. The micronation has been portrayed by the media of dozens of countries, and has been the star of a front-page article of Reunion Island newspaper, which used It to trace a parallel between its independence and the idea of having independence from France.[17][18][19][20]
Flag of Saugeais.svg 1947–present Republic of Saugeais
An officially sanctioned tongue-in-cheek micronation located in eastern France, in the département of Doubs.[1]: 122–124 
Flag of Akhzivland.svg 1971–present Akhzivland A micronation founded as a protest to the Israeli government for demolishing an illegally inhabited house. Founded by an Iranian-born Israeli named Eli Avivi and his wife. It was leased to him by the Israeli government for 99 years.[21][22] Its name is derived from the nearby ancient city ruin of Achziv. He died of pneumonia in 2018.[23]
Flag of the Principality of Seborga (variant).svg 1963–present Principality of Seborga
A town in the Italian region of Liguria that claims never to have been a part of the modern Italian state.[1]: 55 
Flag of the Republic of Uzupis.gif 1997–present Republic of Užupis Užupis is a neighborhood largely located in the Old Town of Vilnius, Lithuania. In 1997, the residents of the area declared a Republic of Užupis, with its own flag, currency, president, and constitution.[24]
Seal of Whangamomona.png 1989–present Republic of Whangamōmona Declared in protest of the township of Whangamōmona switching regions after New Zealand's regional council boundaries were redrawn in 1989.
Flag of Vevčani Municipality, North Macedonia.svg 2000–present Republic of Vevčani During the war in Yugoslavia, an independent committee was established in the village of Vevčani, which was threatened by ethnic conflict, in what was then communist Macedonia. After the situation had calmed down, the committee joined independent Macedonia and in 2000 the inhabitants again declared independence as a micronation to promote tourism.
Elgaland-Vargaland flag.png 1992–present Elgaland-Vargaland A conceptual art project by two Swedish artists, Carl Michael von Hausswolff and Leif Elggren, which defines itself as the borders of all nations.
Unofficial Flag of Jamtland.svg 1963–present Republic of Jamtland
The region of Jamtland was self-governing from the 10th to 12th century. The micronation/movement (The United Republics of Jamtland, Herjeådalen and Ravund) was founded in 1963 in order to preserve and promote the Jamtlandic culture, language and way of life.[25] It has had three presidents,[26] hosts festivals, and boasts its own national anthem.[27]
Flag of Ladonia with contours.svg 1996–present Ladonia
A micronation founded by a group led by Swedish artist Lars Vilks as the home to sculptures created by him in the Kullaberg nature reserve in north-west Skåne.[1]: 136 
Flag of Austenasia.svg 2008–present Austenasia A self-declared successor to the Christian Roman Empire, founded in the United Kingdom but with subsequent claims having been made around the world now counting over 100 citizens.[28]
Flag of Forvik.gif 2008–present Sovereign State of Forvik
United Kingdom
An islet in Shetland, Scotland, declared a Crown dependency by Stuart Hill as part of a Shetland secessionist agenda.[29]
Flag of the Free Borough of Llanrwst.svg 1947–present Free Borough of Llanrwst
United Kingdom
The Free Borough of Llanrwst was a special privilege granted to the Welsh town of Llanrwst by the Prince of Wales. Llanrwst is now a small town and community on the River Conwy in Conwy County Borough, Wales. The town consequently has its own coat of arms and flag, and this is the origin of the old local motto "Cymru, Lloegr a Llanrwst" (Wales, England and Llanrwst).
Flag of Lovely.svg 2004–present Kingdom of Lovely
United Kingdom
A nation created by comedian Danny Wallace as part of his BBC series, How to Start Your Own Country.
Flag of Sealand.svg 1967–present Principality of Sealand
United Kingdom
A World War II military facility consisting of a man-made structure located off the English coast that was occupied and declared to be an independent state by Paddy Roy Bates.[1]: 8–13 
Flag of Key West, Florida.svg 1982–present Conch Republic
United States
Founded by then-Mayor of Key West, Florida, Dennis Wardlow, it claims tongue-in-cheek independence from the United States in protest at a checkpoint established by the US Border Patrol.[1]: 130 
1998–present Maritime Republic of Eastport
United States
The Maritime Republic of Eastport, commonly known as simply "Eastport", is a seaside neighborhood community and tongue-in-cheek micronation located in Annapolis, Maryland in the US.[30][31]
Flag of EnenKio.svg 1994–present Kingdom of EnenKio
United States
Claims Wake Atoll,[32] a U.S. territory north of the Marshall Islands, and has been widely deemed a scam.[33]
Flag of the Republic of Molossia.svg 1999–present Republic of Molossia
United States
A micronation founded by Kevin Baugh, occupying his semi-rural residential acreage in Nevada. It is run humorously as a dictatorial banana republic.[34]
Flag of the Kingdom of Talossa.svg 1979-2005
United States
A micronation founded as a bedroom kingdom by Milwaukee, Wisconsin resident Robert Ben Madison. Madison claims to have coined the term "micronation".[nb 1][1]: 101 
Flag of the Washitaw Nation.gif 1990s–present Washitaw Nation
United States
African-American group associated with the Moorish Science Temple of America who claim to be a sovereign state of Native Americans within the boundaries of the United States of America.
Link to file 2005–present Zaqistan
United States
A small tract of land in Box Elder County, a remote part of Utah, on which its owner, Zaq Landsberg, has built monuments. It has also issued passports.[35]
Bandera Parva Domus.svg 1878–present Parva Domus A self-declared centenary micronation surrounded by Uruguay that has functioned, since 1878, as a social and recreational association that mimics the functioning of a real country. Since its foundation it has had over 800,000 different naturalized citizens.

It is one of the first micronations in history and the oldest still functioning.

Flag of New Utopia.gif 1999–present New Utopia
Caribbean Sea
(Misteriosa Bank)
A proposed micronation based on libertarian principles to be built on platforms in the Caribbean Sea. It was founded by American entrepreneur Lazarus Long. The project's status as of 2006 is in question.[1]: 15 
Link to file 2016–present Asgardia
A micronation founded by Igor Ashurbeyli that aims to launch satellites into space in order to found a real nation recognised by the UN. The ultimate aim is to avoid the restrictions of the current space law framework.[36]
Flag of Celestia.svg 1949–present Nation of Celestial Space
A micronation that comprises the entirety of the universe besides Earth. It was founded on 1 January 1949 by James T. Mangan to stop other countries from claiming outer space land.
Link to file 2000–present Global Country of World Peace
GCWP is a non-profit organization that claims to promote Transcendental Meditation, education, and the construction of "buildings for peace" in the world's major cities.[37][38] The organization made several attempts to create its own state in different parts of the world.
Link to file 1986–present Dominion of Melchizedek
The Dominion of Melchizedek (DoM) is a micronation known largely for facilitating large scale banking fraud in many parts of the world.[39]
Nova Roma Flag.svg 1998–present Nova Roma
An international organ of Roman revivalists who claim to be a modern Roman nation and have the administrative structure of the ancient Roman Republic. Nova Roma explicitly states that they are not a micronation but a "civitas" or "res publica"; their organ, however, fits all the requirements for being classified as such.[40]
White flag of surrender.svg 1973–present Nutopia
Introduced as a "conceptual nation" by John Lennon and Yoko Ono on April Fools' Day, Nutopia has no land, no borders and no passports or visas; anyone declaring their awareness of Nutopia's existence was allowed to join. It was founded partly as a way to satirize Lennon's immigration troubles at the time.[41][42]
Naval ensign of Russia.svg 2011–present Romanov Empire
None[nb 2]
The Imperial Throne was founded by Russian businessman Anton Bakov as the "Russian Empire". By its constitution, it is a federal constitutional monarchy and the successor of the Empire founded by Peter I.[43][44]
Wirtland flag.svg 2008–present Wirtland
Wirtland is an experiment into the legitimacy and self-sustainability of a country without its own soil, which transcends national borders without breaching or lessening the sovereignty of any involved.[45]



Flag Date Name Description
Flag of Aeterna Lucina.svg 1978–1996 Sovereign State of Aeterna Lucina An Australian micronation founded by a self-proclaimed baron, who claimed properties he owned in New South Wales as its territory. Several associated businessmen were charged in 1990 with land and visa fraud.[46]
Flag of Bumbunga.svg 1976–1999 Province of Bumbunga An Australian secessionist micronation located on a farm at Bumbunga, South Australia from 1976.[47] As of 2018, founder Alec Brackstone was still claiming to be Governor-General of the province.[48]
Gay Pride Flag.svg 2004–2017 Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands The kingdom was created by a group of gay rights activists. The kingdom collapsed on November 17, 2017, after same-sex marriage was legalized in Australia.
Hutt River Flag.svg 1970–2020 Principality of Hutt River A large farming area in Western Australia that unilaterally seceded from the Commonwealth and declared itself to be a sovereign nation. It was known as the Hutt River Province until 2007.[1]: 22  In August 2020, after 50 years of existence, the micronation has announced it will be dissolved and the land sold to pay back taxes to the Australian Tax Office.[49][50]
Flag of Australia.svgRoyal Banner of Scotland.svgAustralian Aboriginal Flag.svgFlag of the United Nations.svg 1993 Principality of Marlborough A short lived micronation in Australia whose creator declared his farm an independent country to try to avoid eviction after bankruptcy. He was evicted less than a week later by police, was later prosecuted and has since abandoned any claim of independence.[51]
Link to file 1979–1980s Independent State of Rainbow Creek Founded by a farmer who "seceded" from Victoria State, Australia, over damage to farmlands caused by flooding he claimed was exacerbated due to incompetence of the state government water management agency.[1]: 145 


Flag Date Name Description
Link to file 1984–2015 Republic of Kugelmugel A ball-shaped house, located in the Vienna Prater and formed after a dispute with authorities over building permits.[1]: 82–83 


Flag Date Name Description
1968–1973 Operation Atlantis A project started by Werner Stiefel in 1968 aiming to establish a new, libertarian nation in international waters.[52][53]


Flag Date Name Description
Flag of the Principality of Trinidad.svg 1893–1895 Principality of Trinidad The Principality of Trinidad was declared in 1893, when the American James Harden-Hickey claimed the uninhabited island Trindade and Martim Vaz in the South Atlantic and declared himself James I, Prince of Trinidad.[citation needed] In July 1895, the United Kingdom tried to take possession of this strategic position in the Atlantic, basing their claim on a 1700 visit by English astronomer Edmund Halley, but Brazil pressed a successful claim to the island based on its discovery in 1502 by Portuguese navigators. Harden-Hickey fell into deep depression and committed suicide on 9 February 1898.[citation needed]


Flag Date Name Description
Flag of Outer Baldonia.svg 1949-1973 Principality of Outer Baldonia A micronation on Outer Bald Tusket Island, Nova Scotia, used for seasonal fishing. It had an eccentric constitution and women were banned from the island.[citation needed]
NewFlagVikesland.png 2005–2018 Kingdom of Vikesland A former micronation located in Manitoba, Canada that was founded for the purposes of a TV documentary about micronations. It claimed two properties in and near the City of Brandon.[1]: 90–93 

Czech Republic

Flag Date Name Description
Flag of the Other World Kingdom.svg 1996–2008 Other World Kingdom An absolute monarchy/matriarchy which had strong BDSM themes, in which women ruled over all men. It was located in the Czech Republic.[citation needed]


Flag Date Name Description
1990–1993 Bunte Republik Neustadt A micronation in the Äußere Neustadt quarter of Dresden now celebrated as an annual street festival.[54]
Flagge Rueterberg.svg 1989–2004 Rüterberg After the fall of the Berlin Wall, a village in the former GDR declares its independence in protest against isolation.
1980 Free Republic of Wendland A protest camp established in Gorleben, West Germany, on 3 May 1980 to protest against the establishment of a nuclear waste dump there. On 4 June 1980, the police moved in and evicted the camp.


Flag Date Name Description
Majapahit fictitious flag.svg 2018–2020 Keraton Agung Sejagat The Keraton Agung Sejagat (English: Universal Grand Throne) was a hybrid mystical movement and micronation based out of Purworejo Regency, Central Java, Indonesia. Hadiningrat claimed he was granted the authority to found a successor state to the Majapahit Empire in 2018.
Sunda Empire Flag Vector.svg 2020 Sunda Empire - Earth Empire Sunda Empire is an association based on historical romanticism. They claim to be a great empire between the earth and the sun.


Flag Date Name Description
Rose Island Flag.svg 1968–1969 Republic of Rose Island An attempt to create a sovereign state on an offshore platform in international waters near the Italian city of Rimini. It was completed, but shortly afterward seized by the Italian government and destroyed with explosives.[1]
2008–2009 Republic of Malu Entu Created on a small island west of Sardinia, as an initiative of the Sardinian Independentist Party.


Flag Date Name Description
Flag of New Atlantis (1964-1966).png 1964–1966 New Atlantis Floating barge created by Leicester Hemingway and claimed as a sovereign republic. It was destroyed by storms shortly after establishment.[55]


Flag Date Name Description
1970–1978 Kalakuta Republic Musician Fela Kuti announced his home in Lagos as independent in 1970. In 1978, an assault by the Nigerian Army burned and razed the republic.

Spratly Islands

Flag Date Name Description
1956–1974 Free Territory of Freedomland Micronation established by Tomás Cloma covering the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.[56]
Flag of the Kingdom of Humanity.svg 1878–1963 Kingdom of Humanity A former micronation, occupying the Spratly Islands, which merged into the Republic of Morac-Songhrati-Meads in September 1963.[57][58]
Flag of Morac-Songhrati-Meads.svg 1877–1969 Republic of Morac-Songhrati-Meads A micronation that claims to occupy the Spratly Islands. The territory is under de facto military control by China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam, since the discovery of oil in 1968.[57]


Flag Date Name Description
Sultanate of M'Simbati flag.svg 1959–1980[59] Sultanate of M'Simbati An eccentric Englishman attempted to declare independent a square mile of territory he inhabited on the coast of Tanganyika which he had purchased in 1924. The flag consisted of red, blue and yellow vertical stripes with a small Union Flag in the canton.[60]


Flag Date Name Description
Flag Minerva.svg 1973–1982 Republic of Minerva An attempt to build an artificial island and form a new libertarian country. The new land was located on Minerva Reef, south of Fiji, but the island was seized and annexed by Tonga shortly afterward.[1]: 14 

United Kingdom

Flag Date Name Description
Flag of Frestonia.svg 1977–1980s Frestonia Residents of Freston Road in west London staged a "secession" from the United Kingdom as Frestonia. The residents were squatters, many of whom eventually set up a housing co-op in negotiation with Notting Hill Housing Trust, and included artists, musicians, writers, actors and activists.
Flag of the Islands of Refreshment.svg 1811–1816 Islands of Refreshment A micronation created by the first permanent inhabitants of Tristan da Cunha, including Jonathan Lambert, who established himself as monarch. Tristan da Cunha was officially annexed by the United Kingdom on August 14, 1816.[61][62]

United States

Flag Date Name Description
Flag of Freedonia.svg 1997–2004 Principality of Freedonia The Principality of Freedonia was a micronation based on libertarian principles.
1974–1977 Ganienkeh The 1970s saw a number of highly publicized confrontations between the U.S. government and Native Americans, such as the Oglala Lakotas' standoff at Wounded Knee and the Alcatraz occupation. Another clash occurred at Moss Lake in upstate New York. After the federal Indian Claims Commission refused to consider compensation to the Mohawk Nation, saying that its jurisdiction only covered western tribes, a group of Mohawk activists declared 600 acres near Moss Lake the sovereign Mohawk territory of Ganienkeh, and further laid claim to all of northeastern New York. After a firefight between the Mohawks and local vigilantes, the state government started eviction proceedings. When the federal courts refused to hear the matter, Assistant State Attorney General Mario Cuomo was dispatched to negotiate a settlement. In May 1977, the Mohawks accepted a smaller land grant and the crisis was ended.[63][64]
Flag of the United States (1861-1863).svg 1865-1986 State of Scott A remnant of the American Civil War, it was a unionist enclave within the state of Tennessee. The State of Scott was formed to protest against Tennessee joining the Confederacy. The resolution to establish Scott was rescinded 125 years later.

See also


Informational notes

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  2. ^ The "Romanov Empire" is a proposed entity which has no unofficial claims to territory.


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