Themed micronationalism

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In micropatrology, themed micronationalism is a concept where micronations base one or more of their aspects on a particular theme. This is predominantly cultural, but can also extend to areas such as economics and religion.

Many themed micronations fall into at least one of four categories:

  • Historic, where nations are themed around a particular historic era, or in some cases, draw their inspiration from "futuristic" elements. These are sometimes referred to as historical simulations.
  • Geographic, where nations are themed around a particular nation or locale.
  • Religious, where nations are themed around elements of various religions.
  • Political, where nations are themed around a particular political basis, usually socialism or communism.

Historic micronations

A Microball comic illustrating the history-based cultures of Erephisia, Sirocco and Zealandia.
This advertisement for Sirocco's National Post and Telegraph merges the nation's 1950s culture with its 1990s tech subculture.

Geographically-themed micronations

  • Pavlov is heavily based on the Russian culture, most notably on the medieval one and that of Ivan Grozny's period, but also deriving some elements from the modern-day Russian Federation.
  • Zealandia draws heavily from Scandinavian culture, particularly that of Sweden, in order to create its own national identity. Zealandia has in the past been referred to as a "Sweden of the South Seas".

Religious micronations

Political micronations

  • Many small communist nations absorb politics into their everyday culture, and often draw upon North Korea and the Soviet Union for inspiration - Cuba and China have also been cited.
  • Pavlov is known for reintroducing the Julian Calendar, banning atheism and all religions other than Eastern Orthodoxy, and Communism.
  • Sirocco is notably different in that it draws upon anti-Communism to form part of its culture. This can be attributed to its Atomic Age mindset.