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April 16, 2003 4:58 AM   Subscribe

Dubious Nation States
posted by Pretty_Generic (23 comments total)
That last one is a mistake. Sorry.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 4:58 AM on April 16, 2003

A mistake in its listing, or a mistake in its existance? :)
posted by lowlife at 5:03 AM on April 16, 2003

Heh. This should be fun. Marshmallows anyone? ;)
posted by twine42 at 5:04 AM on April 16, 2003

reading the site, the Sealand sites doesn't look dubious at all... cunning and obviously the work of a nutcase, but perfectly legitimate... ;)
posted by twine42 at 5:19 AM on April 16, 2003

Can't one of the world's richest religions get a web designer? Try the links on the left here.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 5:23 AM on April 16, 2003

you haff trespassed into quonsarian territory. ve do not look upon ziss fact favorably. your papers, please?
posted by quonsar at 5:26 AM on April 16, 2003

posted by Pretty_Generic at 5:34 AM on April 16, 2003

How does one go about creating a country? Are there places left in the world not under control of a nation? Say I buy an island somewhere can I then decide to plant a flag and say YossarianWorld?

That would be all right.

I'll probably have to stick to my current plan of overthrowing the goverment of portu...errr...never mind.
posted by Yossarian at 6:03 AM on April 16, 2003

Aaah, the Hutt River Principality. Very good relations with France, apparently. This essay addresses the question of whether the likes of Hutt River and Sealand are true states.
posted by Jimbob at 6:03 AM on April 16, 2003

Sealand is straight out of Bruce Sterling or Neal Stephenson: a sovereign tax-haven on an oil platform, as I've read. Remember that Inuit assassin in Snowcrash who's registered as a sovereign nuclear power? Then, too, there's the less esoteric question of microstates, like Tuvalu, which realizes income by licensing its dot-tv domain name.
posted by hairyeyeball at 6:39 AM on April 16, 2003

Here's a bunch of 'em (including Trans-Dniester, Vevcani, the Republic of Port Maria, and the People's Republic of Ashurst Wood Nation State (PRAWNS). And here's a timeline.
posted by languagehat at 6:49 AM on April 16, 2003

Pictures of Sealand, including Sealand's toilet and living room.
posted by yhbc at 6:54 AM on April 16, 2003

holy see, holy do.

holy shit.
posted by quonsar at 7:11 AM on April 16, 2003

When described it as a WW2 fort in the Atlantic I imagined it as a dirty great rock with a castle on it, not a concrete pillar.


What's the number for Readymix?
posted by twine42 at 7:13 AM on April 16, 2003

Wired had a cover article on Sealand a while ago. As I remember, it was very very interesting and then suddenly got very boring. Rather like most of Wired's stuff.
posted by humuhumu at 7:59 AM on April 16, 2003

Cool timeline, languagehat. thanks!
posted by Songdog at 8:04 AM on April 16, 2003

okay, so when i saw the post i thought it was this, which is this cool little "online nation simulation" of sorts, developed by max barry who wrote jennifer government [an excellent read], and syrup [i have no idea about].

anyway. there's something.
posted by folktrash at 8:22 AM on April 16, 2003

You left out Tuvalu, which conveniently owns the .tv domain but is soon to be sunk by global warming.
posted by mark13 at 9:05 AM on April 16, 2003

I remembered reading about Sealand in a wired article a while ago.

Not sure if this company is still out there surviving on a diet of hash alogrithms and seal meat. Am curious to know.
posted by i blame your mother at 9:06 AM on April 16, 2003

it seems that seals are a reasonably nutritious diet, as havenco is still around
posted by i blame your mother at 9:09 AM on April 16, 2003

when I highlighted the "Nation" link with my mouse and saw that the url was "," my first reaction was "what happened to croft?"

um anyways!
posted by mcsweetie at 11:55 AM on April 16, 2003

There's always the Republic of Cascadia.
posted by modofo at 2:31 PM on April 16, 2003

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