Have you ever wanted to rule your very own country? A micronation is an area of land claimed by one or more persons to be independent from any major recognized nation in the world. Some of these have incredible histories of war, triumph and independence and still survive today, while others have long since been abandoned, annexed or destroyed.
Above: A brief history of Sealand and information on its sale
Sealand was established in the 1960s an Englishman and his family took possession of an abandoned anti-aircraft platform off the coast of
Above: a brief and humorous interview with the president of Molossia
Molossia was founded in the 1970s on a small stretch of land in rural
Above: the Empire of Atlanteum and other Australian micronations
Other micronations have not fared so well. The Republic of Rose Island, for instance, was a short-lived pursuit that was demolished by the Italian navy for not paying taxes. Another would-be micronation founder, Leicester Hemingway (brother of author Ernest Hemmingway) attempted to found his own such settlement known as New Atlantis only to be pillaged by Mexican fishermen. The island Republic of Minerva also did not last long, being quickly invaded and annexed by the neighboring