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Flag of
Anthem: "Nutopian International Anthem"
Government Seal
CapitalNone (de jure)
The Dakota (de facto)
Official languagesNone
• Leaders
None (de jure)
John Lennon and Yoko Ono (de facto)
• State declared
2 April 1973
• Estimate

Nutopia (stylized in uppercase as NUTOPIA) is a conceptual non-territorial country, sometimes referred to as a micronation. Nutopia was founded on 2 April 1973 by ex-Beatle John Lennon to satirize his ongoing immigration problems and make an imaginary nation based on his political views. A citizen of Nutopia is anyone who declares themselves aware of the existence of Nutopia. There is no leadership or organized government.[citation needed]


Nutopia is a portmanteau of "new" and "utopia" which suggests Nutopia is a new, utopian society.[citation needed]


Lennon and Ono at the press conference where they announced the establishment of Nutopia.

Lennon and Ono were ambassadors of the country and sought diplomatic immunity to end Lennon's ongoing immigration troubles, as he tried to remain in the United States. Lennon earlier had been denied permanent residence status due to the Nixon administration making a "strategic counter-measure" against Lennon's anti-war and anti-Nixon propaganda.[1] Living up to the ideals stated in his song "Imagine", Lennon would state this in the "official" declaration:

We announce the birth of a conceptual country, NUTOPIA. Citizenship of the country can be obtained by declaration of your awareness of NUTOPIA. NUTOPIA has no land, no boundaries, no passports, only people. NUTOPIA has no laws other than cosmic. All people of NUTOPIA are ambassadors of the country. As two ambassadors of NUTOPIA, we ask for diplomatic immunity and recognition in the United Nations of our country and its people.

— John Lennon and Yoko Ono, 1973[2]

After Nixon's leaving of office, Ford's administration showed little interest in continuing the battle against Lennon. Lennon's deportation order was overturned in 1975. The following year, he received his green card, certifying his permanent residency, and ended talks about Nutopia.


Lennon and Ono holding white tissues to represent flags

As pacifists, John Lennon and Yoko Ono adopted the white flag to represent "surrender to peace." The Nutopian International Anthem was released under Lennon's album Mind Games. The song consisted of three seconds of silence. The seal of Nutopia has a picture of a literal seal.[3]


  1. DeMain, Bill. "John Lennon and the FBI". Dangerous Liaisons: The FBI Files of Musicians. Performing Songwriter. Archived from the original on 17 January 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  2. DECLARATION OF NUTOPIA – 1 April 1973 at
  3. Ono, Yoko (n.d.). "John & Yoko Events: Declaration of Nutopia (1973)". Flickr. Yoko Ono. Retrieved 27 May 2020.

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