400 Unrecognised Countries

Travis McHenry or Montague Ier, King of Calsahara. Léo Delafontaine
Travis McHenry or Montague Ier, King of Calsahara. Léo Delafontaine

Motivations for the creation of micronations include theoretical experimentation, political protest, artistic expression, personal entertainment and the conduct of criminal activity. Micronations can also exist in various forms, including in the physical world (on land, at sea and in outer space), online, in the minds of their creators, or some combination of these. Some micronations issue coins, flags, postage stamps, passports, medals, and other items.

French writer and historian Bruno Fuligni, who wrote the introduction to Micronations, estimates there are more than 400 of these self-proclaimed entities.

Delfontaine visited 12 locations throughout the US, Europe, and Australia. They included monarchies, republics, “funny dictatorships,” and some with no government at all. He earned citizenship in three—the Principality of Sealand, the Principality of Seborga, and the Conch Republic.

 With a living area of 5,920 square feet, Sealand boasts multiple bedrooms, a chapel and a prison. Léo Delafontaine

With a living area of 5,920 square feet, Sealand boasts multiple bedrooms, a chapel and a prison. Léo Delafontaine
The Consul Philippéon de la Boirie of the Consulate of la Boirie. Léo Delafontaine
The Consul Philippéon de la Boirie of the Consulate of la Boirie. Léo Delafontaine
Frederikke Rose Holm, Julie Holstein, Nanna Gilsgaard, Christine Barnett and Bolette Winnerskjold Gjaldbæk, The Butterflies of the Kingdom of Elleore. Léo Delafontaine
Frederikke Rose Holm, Julie Holstein, Nanna Gilsgaard, Christine Barnett and Bolette Winnerskjold Gjaldbæk, The Butterflies of the Kingdom of Elleore. Léo Delafontaine
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The people of Elleore waiting for their king. Léo Delafontaine

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