To be honest, I didn’t know they even existed since some weeks ago, but I thought it would be cool to talk about those small territories that are as “big” as any other country in the world. These are the 8 most surprising micronations in the world:
Just 0,34 square kilometres of land for this country that belonged to Denmark. It was legalized in 2011, after having quite some problems with the central government due to the unsubdued and anarchist spirit of its population. It’s a place where yoga, meditation and theatre are very important for the population. A kind of hippie spirit reigns in Christiania.
Source: When On Earth
Kingdom of Redonda
It’s located between Nevis and Montserrat Islands (West Indies, Caribbean Sea) and it’s just 1,6 square kilometres. It’s almost impossible for humans to live there due to the lack of fresh water and the rocky condition of the island.It’s very hard to climb to the top or even landing in the island- just when the sea is very calm is doable and not that dangerous.
Source: Lol Wot
Kingdom of Sark
It just occupies 5,4 square kilometres, and it was the last feudal state in Europe. It belonged to the UK and was governed by a lord, that exchanged some land for military protection with the local villagers. Since 2009, King Oli is the king of the country, which has some peculiarities: they pay no taxes, but have no social benefits; instead of cars, people ride horses; and smoking is totally banned.
Source: The Richest
Principality of Sealand
It’s considered as the smallest country in the world; located in the North Sea, in the United Kingdom. The curious thing about it is that the country was created out of the Roughs Towers in 1942, during the Second World War. Since 1967 quite some people have occupied the fort and then abandon it. Nowadays, just five people live in this 550 square metres tower.
Source: The Cambodia Herald
Republic of Molossia
It’s located in Nevada, USA. It was born because of a school project in 1977 and since then, Kevin Baugh has been its president, although Molossia is not recognized as an actual country by any other territory. The land occupies just 0.058 square kilometres and has 32 inhabitants. Tourists can visit this tiny country (Baugh himself shows the place to travelers), but you have to previously book it in advance.
Source: Free Republic
Republic of Uzupis
Located in Vilna, Lithuania, Uzupis is kind of “isolated”, because on one side, you spot the Vilna River and on the other, you can find high hills and an industrial abandoned area, which was the property of the Soviet government. The country is just 0.52 square kilometres and the bohemian spirit and the great quantity of art galleries, workshops and cafes you can spot here (given its size) is really impressive.
Principality of Outer Baldonia
Located in Tusket Islands, Canada. It’s recognized as one of the most developed micronations in the world: they have their own coinage and passport. It was declared in 1950 and the land itself is 0.016 square kilometres, being inhabited by 69 men. Most of them are fishermen, that have made this territory known because of the great conditions to practise this endeavor.
Source: Cape Lahave Adventures
Grand Duchy of Flandrensis
This is one of the newest ones; it was founded in 2008 by the Belgian Niels Vermeersch and it’s inspired by the medieval County of Flanders. It’s located in five islands in the West Antarctica and it has its own coin, identity card, constitution and national anthem. It was created to increase awareness about the melting process of the ice that’s happening in this region.
Source: Free English Site