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8 most surprising micronations in the world to discover

The name of ‘micronation” is self-explanatory. I’m talking about a tiny country that was born self-proclaimed and are independent from any other major state.

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:  


Freetown Christiania

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.

surprising micronations in the world freetown christianiaSource: 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.

surprising micronations in the world redondaSource: 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.

surprising micronations in the world sarkSource: 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.

surprising micronations in the world sealandSource: 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.

surprising micronations in the world molossiaSource: 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.

surprising micronations in the world uzupisSource: Umi


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.

surprising micronations in the world baldoniaSource: 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.

surprising micronations in the world flandrensisSource: Free English Site

 

Not sure if I’d go to live there in the near future, but it would be a great experience to visit these tiny countries; they’re actually something different that you don’t see every day, so they might have great things to show travelers if we gave them a shot. Would you try?
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