Saturday, November 21, 2009

Micronations

Hi!



Here's November's story!


Micronations

Micronation=small nation? Not really. I’ll explain, read on. Ever wanted your own country as a kid? Some adults claim that, in their property or land they control, they do. But since these are not officially nations, they have no diplomatic rights and only have the power of creating laws because it is their property, and even then they can’t cancel out real laws by their home country, excluding micronations in international waters.


A micronation, by definition is a country not officially recognised by other governments excluding other micronations. The closest a micronation has gotten to being recognised is Sealand, but I will talk about it later. Most often micronations are surrounded by a full country, and considered land-locked. One exception is seasteading, the idea of creating permanent dwellings at sea, and therefore outside the territories claimed by any nations.

Sealand is a micronation built through seasteading in then international waters on a Maunsell Fort. The Maunsell Forts were built to protect Britain in WWII from German mine-laying craft. The fort Sealand is based on is HM Fort Roughs, about 6 miles off the coast of Suffolk, England. At the time of Sealand’s founding on HM Fort Roughs, Britain’s territorial waters extended only 3 miles. Now however, Britain’s territorial waters extend 12 miles, causing Sealand to declare waters for a 3 mile radius it’s “territory”. The reason it is so close to being recognised, as I mentioned earlier, is that during a small conflict between two “governments” both claiming control of Sealand, a man named Alexander Achenbach who claimed to be “Prime Minister” of Sealand, and leader of the attacking party, was charged with treason by Prince Roy of Sealand, and would be held until he paid a fine of over $35,000 USD. Both Germany and the Netherlands petitioned to the United Kingdom for his release, but Britain claimed Sealand was not part of the UK, becoming the first government to recognise a micronation as a nation, and causing Sealand to become the first recognised micronation. In the end, Germany sent their diplomat from the London embassy via helicopter to negotiate the release of the false “Prime Minister”. This action, sending a diplomat, if temporarily, caused Germany to be the second country to recognise a micronation, and Sealand, as a country. Afterwards both denied this happening.

Most micronations claiming land are formed by people possessing large estates or acreages, meaning dabbling in micronations can be more than just child’s play. A good example of this is the Republic of Molossia, a micronation composed of land in the Prime Minister/owner’s estates. I pretend I have a micronation myself, but it only is composed of a den, my room and my sister’s room. So micronations are a fantasy to most people, but they can get quite large as far as estates go.

Maybe all the enthusiasts of micronations see them as a way to relax, get away from it all, or just use their imaginations. So I bid farewell as the Prime Minister of the Aspie Republic, Mr. Prime Minister Casey.

1 comment:

Jim said...

Hi Casey
Very well written . . . and very interesting.
Love
Grandpa