Enclave of Taedong

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The Self Declared DPRK Enclave of Taedong
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Motto
강성대국 (Gangseong Daeguk / Powerful and Prosperous Nation)
Anthem
애국 카 Aegukka
Emmeloord, Netherlands
Capital cityPyongyang
Official language(s)Dutch
ReligionReformed Protestantism
DemonymNorth Korean
GovernmentUnitary one-party republic
- Supreme LeaderKim Jong un
EstablishedApril 29, 2019
Area claimed13x7 meters
Population1
CurrencyEuro
Time zoneCEST

Taedong, officially the Self Declared DPRK Enclave of Taedong (Korean: 태동의 자기 선언 된 북한 영토 / Dutch: de Zelfverklaarde DVK Enclave Taedong) is a self declared and autonomous North Korean enclave within the borders of the Netherlands. The micronation is 13x7 meters in size and has 1 resident, the 24 year old founder Youri Koeman, Enclave Leader of Taedong and formerly head of state of the now no longer existing micronations of North Dutch Korea and the Blue Star Islands.

History

The Taedong enclave was founded on April 29, 2019 by the then 23 year old Youri Koeman. From 20 to 23, he was head of state of the no longer existing micronations of North Dutch Korea (2016 - 2018) and the Blue Star Islands (2018 - 2018). Koeman discovered the term micronationalism at the age of 19, while browsing YouTube. There he found videos of the Republic of Molossia, the Realm of Calsahara and the Grand Duchy of Frandrensis. He saw how people took a piece of land and declared it independent.


In the beginning, Koeman liked the idea, but saw nothing to do it himself. Until he made the choice at the age of 20 to give it a shot. The apartment where he lived was declared independent and was given the name North Dutch Korea. This micronation was a parody of North Korea, a country that Koeman is still a big supporter of today. When his friends asked if they could participate in the North Dutch Korea project, Koeman thought his apartment was too small for a 4-men country. So he declared a piece of forest within walking distance from his home the new territory of North Dutch Korea. The apartment where Koeman lived was changed into the Northern Dutch Korean embassy. In 2018, the micronation fell into oblivion with the inhabitants and North Dutch Korea ceased to exist.


Koeman had the idea to create a new micronation, with a different territory and a different name. He discovered 4 small islands off Antarctica and declared them independent. The name of these islands would be the Blue Star Islands. However, this micronation did not last long. After six months, the micronation was stopped again.


Koeman was 23 years old when he was thinking about his latest micronation. This time it should not be a country of its own, but part of an already existing country. Then, on April 29, 2019, he decided to name his apartment the Unofficial DPRK Enclave of Kim Dong, thinking he could be part of his favorite country, North Korea. 2 weeks after the foundation of Kim Dong, the name was changed to The Unofficial DPRK Enlave of Taedong, named after the Taedong River that flows through the North Korean capital Pyongyang. The word Unofficial was also changed a week after the name change. The micronation would continue as the Self Declared DPRK Enclave of Taedong, or simply Taedong. Koeman decided to exchange his Dutch nationality for the North Korean, bought a North Korean flag and started the Taedong Youtube channel.


On 5/18/2020, a year after the foundation, Taedong got its own flag. The flag was inspired by the colonial flags of the United Kingdom, which show the British flag in the top left corner and the colony's coat of arms on the right. This was also done for Taedong. Taedong now has its own flag with a blue area, in the top left corner the North Korean flag and on the right a white circle with the coat of arms of the Dutch municipality where Taedong is located.


From the foundation to the present day, Taedong has always been, and always will be, a 1 man micronation.

Territory

The territory of Taedong is not very large. It consists only of an apartment of 13x7 meters and a shed of 2x2 meters, making this territory one of the smallest enclaves in the world. It is still being considered to move the enclave in that future to a permanent piece of land, since the current area is being rented.

Religion

Taedong is an Christian micronation. The main religion is Reformed Protestantism, a religion that started after the Protestant Reformation in the fifteenth century by the monk Martin Luther. However, Taedong follows the teachings of John Calvin, who lived from 1509 to 1564. Despite the fact that there are different types of churches within Reformed Protestantism (Reformed, Christian Reformed, Evangelical, Old Reformed, Liberated, etc.) there is only 1 church in Taedong, simply the Reformed Church of Taedong. Taedong also has its own church, this is a space of 4x2 meters where a maximum of 2 people can sit. Because the Taedong Church has only 1 member, it is not able to organize church services itself. Therefore, the space where the church is located is mainly used as a chapel where you can sit, pray, read the Bible and listen to Christian music. The Enclave leader is the head of the Reformed Church of Taedong.

Defence

Taedong does not have its own army. It is protected by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, this is because Taedong is still de facto part of the Netherlands. Despite the lack of military forces, it has already waged some wars. An example of this is the war against North Divine, which rages from July 20, 2019 to August 23, 2019. Taedong was also at war with the Union of Mountain States from August 25, 2019 to May 23, 2020. This war has been a forgotten war in the last 7 months of the war because no more attention was paid to the conflict. Meanwhile, Mountain States has been replaced by a new micronation called Faltree. This means that Mountain States that Taedong was at war with no longer exists, and so the war between Taedong and Mountain States is over. According to the Enclave Leader of Taedong, this war has no winner because a peace treaty has never been signed. He'd vowed to continue the war until Mountain States surrendered, but there's no point in going to war if the country you're waging war on no longer exists. And so this war ends without a winner and a loser. The Taedong - Mountain States war lasted 9 months, making this conflict the longest war Taedong has ever waged.

Media

An important part of Taedong is the Taedong Media Platform (TMP for short). This is an organization founded by the Enclave Leader of Taedong. The TMP owns all media of Taedong. These are Enclave TV (Taedong's only TV station) Taedong Radio (Taedong's only radio station), the Taedong Times (Taedong's only newspaper) and the Taedong website (https://taedongmicronation.jouwweb.nl). All media is managed and created by the Enclave Leader of Taedong.

Trivia

  • The name Taedong is named after the Taedong River, where the North Korean capital of Pyongyang was founded 2,000 years ago.
  • A letter was never sent to the Dutch government about Taedong being a North Korean enclave, therefore it is still de facto Dutch territory.
  • As far as is known, Taedong is the only North Korean enclave in Europe, even it is not official.
  • Besides being a North Korean enclave, Taedong is also an autonomous area.
  • In the past, Koeman had plans to apply for the Chinese nationality at the Chinese embassy in The Hague because he was not proud of his Dutch nationality. However, this has never been continued.