Here is some interesting things I found after watching the Good Mythical Morning episode https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSpV37MFEJc
I did a little researching on the wonderful and sometimes accurate sea of information we call the internet and found a few of these interesting ‘pretend countries’. Lets take The principality of Sealand, a nation on a rig. It is TINY (I don’t know why I capitalized that) It was an illegal offshore British rig in the lonely ocean.
Sealand is in it’s own words, ” founded as a sovereign Principality in 1967 in international waters, seven miles off the eastern shores of Britain.”(http://www.sealandgov.org/). It’s kind of a pseudo nation that isn’t internationally recognized and doesn’t have any international power but the people there claim they are sovereign.
Another example of one of these so declared “nations” is liberland, https://liberland.org/en/main/. Their goal is stated in the preamble of their very own constitution ”
We, the Citizens of the Free Republic of Liberland, in order to secure Life, Liberty and Property, for ourselves and future generations, do ordain and establish the Constitution of the Free Republic of Liberland, attempting a harmonious consensus for the benefit of all those willing to assume responsibility over the course of their lives.”
Here is a diagram for such a small nation
It’s a lofty ambitious goal for such a small nation. But maybe one day they will achieve it.
Lets make this clear, they are not illegitimate because they are small, vatican city is internationally sovereign and is well, a tiny cultural reserve or just one big church. This is Vatican city in its full glory:
These so called nations exist because nobody pays attention to them. If some nation did however things could get ugly. Sealand went through some tumultuous times in a legal struggle that involved the military and the “president” of Liberland was detained in Croatia. It’s pretty risky business starting a country nowadays. But even so these micronations live on. Perhaps one day I will start a nation, for now I wish these budding nations good luck. Godspeed.