What’s a Micronation?
The Republic of Molossia. The Grand Duchy of Westarctica. The Kingdom of Ruritania. You won’t spot them on the globe, but micronations have emerged all over the globe. While its origins are murky, micronations have emerged in various spots throughout history. Seborga, located in Italy, has a claim which goes back to the early medieval period, while others like Arucania emerged during the nineteenth century. Their first – and, so far, only – King laid claim to territories in South America. Unfortunately, his press for legitimacy was met with the power of the Chilean forces. Legialle may have claims, but we have no intentions to declare ourselves an sovereign state.
At the micro levels (pun intended…we think), micronations are social groups/clubs/communities. Think about your local elk lodge, country club, or neighborhood gym. It’s a group of people with similar interests, and values, coming together for a cause. Just like a micronation, its members abide by a set of rules (a Constitution), learn from each other and, on occasion, take up a charitable cause.
Though micronations exist in their own small world (pun intended), they strive to make positive impacts around the world. Some, like Flandresis and Westarctica, push for environmental issues. Others, like the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands, have a social agenda. (Formally ‘at war’ with Australia, they dissolved following the passage of same-sex marriage.) And still, others are formed for personal or educational reasons.
What once started out as a creative hobby has since grew. Sure, some may hold their noble titles in high regard. And, yes, others may make the royal salute. It simply adds flavor to our colorful nation. But there's aspiration to do more. We desire to make a positive impact in communities, inspire individuals to think big, while believing in the creative arts as a force for change.