Micronations — sometimes also referred to as model countries or new country projects — are entities that resemble independent nations or states but which are unrecognized by world governments or major international organizations. These nations usually claim very limited areas, and are commonly nothing more the "rulers" backyard or bedroom. Micronations differ from secession and self-determination movements in that they are largely viewed as being eccentric and ephemeral in nature, and are often created and maintained by a single person or family group.
Some micronations have managed to extend some of their operations into the physical world by issuing coins, flags, postage stamps, passports, medals and other items. Such trappings of "real" sovereign states are created as a way of seeking to legitimize the micronations that produce them.
The term "micronation" dates at least to the 1970s (see The People's Almanac #2, page 330) to describe the many thousands of small, unrecognized, state-like entities that had arisen at that time. The term has since also come to be used retroactively to refer to earlier ephemeral unrecognized entities, some of which date as far back as the early 19th century.
A group of Native Americans calling themselves the Lakota Freedom Delegation argue that the recent declaration of independence is not a secession from the USA, but rather, a reassertion of sovereignty.
To date, the country is unrecognized, and certain members of the Lakota nation itself argue that they were not represented in the decisions. The real extent of support for the Lakota Freedom Delegation or for Lakota withdrawal from the United States is unknown.
Giorgio Carbone (June 14, 1936 – November 25, 2009) was an Italian who claimed to be head of state of the Principality of Seborga, a micronation whose extent is the Italian town of that name, but whose independent status is not recognised outside of Seborga. He had assumed the title of Giorgio I, Prince of Seborga.