• Karen Gardiner Dion

    10 Micronations around the World

    Artist Lars Viks established Ladonia, in Sweden, in order to accommodate his two giant driftwood sculptures: Nimis and Arx

  • Flickr/Ryan Lackey

    10 Micronations around the World

    Paddy Roy Bates seized this North Sea World War II base from pirate radio broadcasters in 1967 and established the Principality of Sealand.

  • Wikipedia

    10 Micronations around the World

    North Dumpling, in Fishers Island Sound, New York, is owned by the inventor of the Segway PT, Dean Kamen, who signed a non-aggression pact with George H. W. Bush.

  • Flickr/geoterranaute

    10 Micronations around the World

    The Republic of Saugeais, in eastern France, started as a joke and now has a prime minister, a general secretary, twelve ambassadors and more than 300 honorary citizens.

  • Flickr/Matteo Bondioli

    10 Micronations around the World

    The Principality of Hutt River, in Western Australia, was established in 1970 following a dispute with the government over wheat production quotas.

  • Wikipedia

    10 Micronations around the World

    There is no visa requirement to visit the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands, in Queensland, Australia, but you do have to identify as gay.

  • Facebook/Empire of Atlantium

    10 Micronations around the World

    Australia has the highest number of micronations. The Empire of Atlantium, near Sydney, espouses progressive, liberal policies and claims to be a secular, humanist utopia.

  • Lars Holte Sandgaard

    10 Micronations around the World

    In Denmark's Roskilde Fjord, the Kingdom of Elleore is exactly 12 minutes ahead of Danish time.

  • Forvik.com

    10 Micronations around the World

    Forvik, in Scotland's Shetland Isles, stands for, among other things, "getting rid of liars, thieves and tyrants in government."

  • Molossia.org

    10 Micronations around the World

    The Republic of Molossia is satirically run as a "dictatorial banana-republic" near Dayton, Nevada, and claims to have been at war with East Germany since 1983

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