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'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.

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Lakotah or Lakota is an unrecognized state within the boundaries of the United States, covering thousands of square miles of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana.

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.

The Lakota Freedom Delegation does not recognize tribal governments or presidents as recognized by the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs, sometimes referring to these groups as "stay-by-the-fort Indians".

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Danny Wallace in 2008
Daniel Frederick Wallace (born 16 November 1976) is a British filmmaker, comedian, writer, actor, and presenter of radio and television. His notable works include the books Join Me, Yes Man, voice acting as Shaun Hastings for the Assassin's Creed game series, and the TV series How to Start Your Own Country.

He lives in London, with his wife, an Australian publicist. Throughout Danny's books, his wife is referred to as "Lizzie", at her request.



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