Five Fascinating Micronations, Part II

It’s the second half of our look at five fascinating ‘micronations’: creations of a single person or small group wishing to declare themselves sovereign over an extremely small piece of territory: perhaps a building, a farm, a island, or a small village. After all, who wouldn’t want to rule their own country? Most micronation projects are frivolous,…

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Five Fascinating Micronations, Part I

There are microstates, and then there are micronations. While a microstate is an internationally recognised sovereign entity (e.g., Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City), micronations are a bit fuzzier in their definition (as Micronation Central states it, ‘a micronation is any entity which purports to be or has the appearance of being a sovereign state but…

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Minerva Reefs: A Land Grab in the South Pacific

Looking at them from above in aerial images, the Minerva Reefs really don’t seem like much of anything. You can make out their atoll rings in the ocean, but they barely emerge from the water at all; a few centimetres, perhaps, when they aren’t covered completely by the tide. There are no natural resources on the reefs except for the fish swimming…

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The N.F.-Board and the ‘Other’ World Cup: Gaining National Legitimacy via Sport

As much as many people would simply admonish athletes to ‘shut up and play’, very often they simple aren’t allowed to because of the inherent politics of international sport. Sport itself is based partially upon the tenets of competition and conflict. Competing for your country often means that the entire country’s eyes are upon you;…

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