Tuesday, August 21, 2007

New Foundlands: micro-nations, model countries, ephemeral states

Call them micro-nations, model countries, ephemeral states, or new country projects, the world is surprisingly full of entities that display all the trappings of established independent states, yet garner none of the respect. The Republic of Counani, Furstentum Castellania, Palmyra, the Hutt River Province, and the Empire of Randania may sound fantastical, but they are a far cry from authorial inventions, like C.S. Lewis’s Narnia or Swift’s Laputa. For while uncertain territories like the Realm of Redonda might not be locatable in your atlas, they do claim a very genuine existence in reality, maintaining geographical boundaries, flaunting governmental structures, and displaying the ultimate necessity for any new nation: flags. Admittedly they may be little more than loose threads on the patchwork of nations, but these micro-nations offer their founders a much sought-after prize—sovereignty.

From the article New Foundlands by George Pendle. Cabinet Magazine Issue 18 Summer 2005. Read the entire article here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

... the Rough Tower Sealand is since 17th January 2009 a U.N registered sovereign state territory of the Monarchystate - State Kingdom of Marduk - this is juridical irrevocable international reality. The bristish government and government of Essex / Suffolk is in this affairs juridical confirmed informed. The 3 + 12 n.m. sea zone around Rough Tower Sealand is state territory of Kingdom of Marduk as the Sea "Pirate Bay" proclaimed.