List of micronations by CGSC

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This is a list of micronations by the Categoric-Gradial System of Classification (CGSC) created by Mark Dresner as a way of classifying the potential and importance of micronations. As its alternate name says, it works with Categories and Gradients, exactly five of each. A specialty of this classification is that it automatically classifies all online micronations as "0".

Methodoly

The scale is fairly simple. The scale is from one to five, one being the worst class, and five being the best class. The categories, combined with the various scales are as follows:

  • Population
    • 1: 5 or less
    • 2: 15 or less
    • 3: 30 or less
    • 4: 50 or less
    • 5: 51 or more
  • Cultural development
    • 1: Hardly any culture in existance. (eg. very scant information, often no flag)
    • 2: Basic insignia in existance. (eg. flag, coat of arms, little detailed information)
    • 3: Some culture in existance (eg. a cuisine or national dish)
    • 4: A basic culture in existance (eg. a cuisine and a religion)
    • 5: A strong culture in existance (many aspects covered, eg. cuisine, religion, language, sport etc.)
  • Allies (this includes nations with mutual recognition)
    • 1: 2 allies or less
    • 2: 5 allies or less
    • 3: 10 allies or less
    • 4: 20 allies or less
    • 5: 21 allies upwards
  • Sphere of influence
    • 1: Micronation is widely ignored.
    • 2: Micronation is known and watched, but in no position to eg. threaten somebody. The highest honour available in the micronation would be nothing special for a foreigner.
    • 3: Micronation relatively well-known and its actions are followed by many. Should they threaten someone, it is not ignored but doesn't cause too great fear either, and the highest honour would be an honour, but is certainly outmatchable by honours from elsewhere.
    • 4: Micronation is well-known, its actions are quite important. A threat made by them is taken very seriously, and their highest honour is probably a very special honour for the recipient, which they will be quite thankful for.
    • 5: Micronation is widely known among micronationalists and outsiders alike. A threat would cause great fear among a micronation and its allies. Also, even one of the smaller honours of such a micronation would be regarded as an incredible honour by any recipient.
  • Budget
    • 1: Less than $50 spent yearly on the micronation in question. This includes internet connection and web hosting costs.
    • 2: Less than $100 spent yearly on the micronation in question. This includes internet connection and web hosting costs.
    • 3: Less than $150 spent yearly on the micronation in question. This includes internet connection and web hosting costs.
    • 4: Less than $200 spent yearly on the micronation in question. This includes internet connection and web hosting costs.
    • 5: More than $200 spent yearly on the micronation in question. This may or may not include internet connection and web hosting costs.

Level calculation

Finally, once all these are determined, one calculates the level of a specific micronation by taking the average of all the scores. If a factor is unknown, a guess can be made or it may be left out. Here is an example:

  • Petorio: 2/3/4/4/1 = 2+3+4+4+1 = 14; 14/5 = 2.8

Thus, Petorio's level would be 2.8. Here is what the levels mean:

  • 1-1.4: This... ...whatever it is does not deserve the term "micronation". (Low)
  • 1.5-1.9: Not a micronation worth mentioning, will probably fall apart very soon. (Low)
  • 2.0-2.9: If it is a very young micronation, it may yet prosper; if it is older (four months upwards), it is relatively insignificant, but not necessarily to be ignored. Many older ones are in a temporary period of inactivity, but may ascend to a level 3.0-3.9 micronation eventually. (Medium)
  • 3.0-3.9: A very average micronation, they exist en masse. No need to ignore them, but they probably aren't very special or interesting. Often it is hard to tell the difference between them, and if they stay at this level for a long time it is probably because of a lack of population, time, effort, and/or interest. (High)
  • 4.0-4.9: One of the most significant micronations (eg. St. Charlie, The Soviet Republic of North America, etc). There was a lot of effort involved in getting the micronation to this level. Once here, it is quite difficult for the nation to fall back down unless it becomes inactive, like Scientopia. (Very high)
  • 5.0: What some describe as a micronational superpower; this would be something like Sealand, Molossia, Liberland etc., although the mentioned two are in a process of becoming less and less active. Thus, they may have to be reclassified soon. (Very high)

List of countries

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Very high CGSC

Rank Country/territory CGSC
Data rankings Change in rank from previous year Data rankings Year
1 Flag of Molossia.svg Molossia 5.00 2020
1 Flag of Sealand.svg Sealand 5.00 2020
1 Liberland flag.png Liberland 5.00 2020
1 Flag of Austenasia.png Austenasia 5.00 2020
2 Flag of the Karno-Ruthenian Empire.svg Karnia-Ruthenia 4.60 2020
3 Flag of Sabia and Verona.png Sabia and Verona 4.20 2017
3 Flag of Pavlov.jpg Pavlov 4.20 2017
3  Baustralia 4.20 2020
3  New Eiffel 4.20 2020
3 Luxeflag.svg Democratic Republic of Luxe 4.20 2020
4 Flag of Ebenthal (2019).png Ebenthal 4.00 2020

High CGSC

Rank Country/territory CGSC
Data rankings Change in rank from previous year Data rankings Year
5 Flag of Pavlov.jpg Rhossia 3.40 2018
5 Roschfallen Flag.png Roschfallen 3.40 2017
5 GaplaFlag.png Federated States of Gapla 3.40 2020
6 Flag of Caudonia.png Caudonia 3.20 2020
6 Natalflag.png Natal 3.20 2014
6 HenristanFlag.svg Henristan 3.20
6 Federation of Aenopia flag.png Aenopia 3.20

Medium CGSC

Rank Country/territory CGSC
Data rankings Change in rank from previous year Data rankings Year
7 FlagQökQoyunlu.png Qök Qoyunlu 2.80 2017
8 Flag of Vladislavia.svg Vladislavia 2.60 2017
8 Mahuset 2.60 2019
9 Belcityflag.png Belcity 2.20 2020

Low CGSC

Rank Country/territory CGSC
Data rankings Change in rank from previous year Data rankings Year
10 EarldomOfHosamiaFlag.png Hosamia 1.8 2020