Pope Island

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Not to be confused with the Navārdian claim to the area, the Pope Island Territory.

Etymology

The name Pope Island was presumably coined by the government of Peachtree City, rather than that of a micronation. As such, the reasoning behind its name is unknown.

Geography

Pope Island is a long and thin island in the middle of Lake Kedron. When the lake’s waters are high enough, which they often are, the smaller, western portion of the island becomes separated from the central portion by the water. Because of this, the portions of the island have been referred to as the central and western islets.

Claimants

Over time, many countries and tribes have claimed the land that now comprises Pope Island.

Government Area Claimed Date of Claim Status Recognition
Native Americans All of Pope Island Unknown Defunct, circa 1830 N/A
British Empire All of Pope Island 1732 Defunct, as of 1777 N/A
United States of America All of Pope Island 4 July 1776 Default Claim U.N. Recognition
Independent Georgia All of Pope Island 19 January 1861 Defunct (joined CSA) Limited Recognition
Confederate States of America All of Pope Island 8 February 1861 Defunct, as of 1865 Limited Recognition
Grand Navārdian Commonwealth West Central Islet 23 October 2019 (as Grand Duchy) Defunct, as of 15 July 2021 Universal Recognition
Free Nation of New Athens Western Islet 31 January 2020 Occupies Territory Universal Recognition
Free Socialist State of Paloma Eastern Islet 30 April 2020 Occupies Territory Universal Recognition

Modern claimant history

West Pope Island Territory
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Flag
Peachtree City, Georgia, United States
Official languagesEnglish
Demonym(s)West Pope Islander
EstablishmentJanuary 31st, 2020
Population
• Census
0
Time zoneUTC-4

On January 31, 2020, Pope Island was split in two, at the border between the central and western islets. The central islet remained under Phoklandian dominion, while the western islet was ceded to New Athens and became the West Pope Island Territory. The WPIT is the second micronational claim to Pope Island in modern history. On April 30, 2020, Pope Island was split in three, with the Pope Island Territory being split exactly in half. The central portion remained under Navārdian dominion, while the eastern portion was ceded to Paloma and became East Pope Island. It is the third micronational claim to Pope Island in modern history. On August 17, 2022, New Athens claimed the West Central portion which belonged to the now defunct Commonwealth of Naveria, uniting the Western and Western Central claims into one. As a result, the island is now separated into two claims, with New Athens claiming the West Pope Island Territory and Paloma claiming the East Pope Island Territory.