Timeline of micronational media coverage

From MicroWiki, the free micronational encyclopædia
Jump to navigation Jump to search



Professor Fabrice O'Driscoll, of the Aix-Marseille University, published a book about micronations: Ils ne siègent pas à l'ONU (They are not in the United Nations), with more than 300 pages dedicated to the subject.[1]

In May 2000, an article in The New York Times titled "Utopian Rulers, and Spoofs, Stake Out Territory Online" brought the phenomenon to a wider audience.[2] Similar articles were published by newspapers such as the Italian La Repubblica,[citation needed] O Estado de S. Paulo in Brazil,[citation needed] and Portugal's Visão[citation needed] at around the same time.


A 5-part BBC light entertainment television series How to Start Your Own Country aired between 3 August to the 7 September 2005, and was presented by Danny Wallace. The series told the story of Wallace's experience of founding a micronation, Lovely, located in his London flat. It screened in the UK in 2005.[3][4]


In France, several Canal+ programs have centered on the satirical Presipality of Groland, while in Belgium a series by Rob Vanoudenhoven and broadcast on the Flemish commercial network VTM in April 2006 was reminiscent of Wallace's series, and centred on the producer's creation of Robland. Among other things Vanoudenhoven minted his own coins denominated in "Robbies".[citation needed]

In 2006 the travel guide company Lonely Planet published a light-hearted guide micronations named Micronations: The Lonely Planet Guide to Home-Made Nations.[5]


The Democratic Empire of Sunda, which claims to be the Government of the Kingdom of Sunda (an ancient kingdom, in present-day Indonesia) in exile in Switzerland, made media headlines when two so-called princesses, Lamia Roro Wiranatadikusumah Siliwangi Al Misri, 21, and Fathia Reza Wiranatadikusumah Siliwangi Al Misiri, 23, were detained by Malaysian authorities at the border with Brunei, on 13 July 2007, and are charged for entering the country without a valid pass. The hearing continues.[6]



The manga and anime series Hetalia: Axis Powers, in which the main characters are the stereotyped personifications of the nations of the world, features several micronations as characters. As of 2011 micronations represented include Sealand, Seborga, Wy, Kugelmugel, Molossia, Hutt River, Ladonia, and the former micronation of Nikko Nikko.[7]

In the middle of 2010, a documentary film by Jody Shapiro entitled How to Start Your Own Country was screened as part of the Toronto International Film Festival. The documentary explored various micronations around the world, and included an analysis of the concept of statehood and citizenship. Erwin Strauss, author of the eponymous book, was interviewed as part of the film.[8]

On 11 November, an article by Finding Dulcinea titled "What Is a Micronation?" was published, and talked about micronational concepts and a number of micronations.[9]


On 4 October 2011, Asylum published an article talking about five of the "weirdest" micronations, which included the Grand Duchy of Avram, Austenasia, Frestonia, Kugelmugel and the Other World Kingdom.[10]


In 2012, a 15-part Australian television comedy series Micro Nation aired on Eleven. The series is set on the fictional island micronation of Pullamawang, which remained independent from Australia because they "forgot to mail in their paperwork" at the Federation of Australia in 1901.[11]


On 23 August, David Corn published an article on Mother Jones titled "The World’s Most Notorious Micronation Has the Secret to Protecting Your Data From the NSA" and talked about Sealand's HavenCo, a data haven that failed a decade ago, and relaunched on August 2013. The article also briefly mentioned other micronations.[12]


On 30 November, the Independent published an article titled "Meet the micronation builders: Self-appointed leaders have created independent territories, complete with flags, anthems and crowns", which talked about micronational currencies, anthems and flags among other topics.[13]

On 26 December, Gizmodo published an article titled "How To Start Your Own Micronation".[14]


Kate Havnevik released an album titled &i in March. It features a song called Micronation, with lyrics referencing abolishing laws and Independence, and the cover art for the song incorporates elements from the Austenasian flag.[15]

On 16 April, BBC News published an article titled "Balkans: Czech man claims to establish 'new state'", which talked about Liberland and its goals.[16]

On 18 June, Business Insider published an article titled "9 of the strangest self-proclaimed nations in the world on one map", and talked about nine popular micronations.[17]

On 7 December, an article was published by the Brussels Times titled "Springtime of micronations spearheaded by Belgian “Grand-Duke” Niels", which talked about PoliNation 2015, and various micronations and aspects of micronationalism.[18]


On 31 May, an article titled "Nevada Is Home To A Micronation — But Don't Tell The Micronation That" was published by Nevada Public Radio, which talked about Molossia.[19]


On 10 February, an article by Joseph Earp titled "Don't like your government? Just start a micronation like these 6 dudes" was published by Mashable UK, and talked about various micronations.[20]

Madras Realty published an article called "Don’t like your government? Just start a Micronation" on 11 February 2017.[21]

On 24 April, WorldAtlas published an article titled "What Is A Micronation?", which talked about the history, and different types of micronationalism, as well as also briefly mentioning a number of micronations.[22]

On 24 May, CNN Travel published an article titled "Masters of micronations: Meet people who started their own tiny countries" which talked about micronational legitimacy, media attention, and various micronations.[23]

On 4 July, Daily Mail published an article titled "Meet the First Family of Molossia, a nation within Nevada: 40-year 'dictator,' President Kevin Baugh, rules over 33 citizens (including dogs) of the micronation he established, complete with its own rules, border control, traditions and currency", which talks very in-depth about Molossia.[24]

On 5 July, the Sun published an article titled "A TINY TYRANNY ‘Micronation’ in Nevada with a population of 33 and a tongue-in-cheek ‘dictator’ celebrates 40 years since it was founded" which talked about Molossia and its culture and politics.[25]

On 26 September, an article was published by the BBC and one of the headlines was "Somaliland says it wants closer cooperation with unrecognised Liberland".[26]

On 8 August an article titled "Micronation Liberland: A Danube peninsula declares its independence" was published by DW, talking about Liberland and its legitimacy.[27]


On 19 February, an article by Oliver Smith titled "The world's strangest micronations" was published by The Telegraph, and featured various micronations.[28]

On 31 March, an article by Johnny Simon titled "Meet the leaders of the world’s imaginary nations" was published by Quartz, and gave a brief overview of a number of micronations and talked about micronational legitimacy and MicroCon 2017.[29]

On 2 May, an article by Ashley Gabriel titled "5 Fascinating Micronations Around the World" was published by curiosity.com, which talked about a number of micronations and their histories and culture.[30]

The Culture Trip published an article tiled "Kugelmugel: the Micronation in Vienna's Prater Park" on 4 July. The article talked about the micronation Kugelmugel.[31]


The Aarianian Union of North America sponsored the No. 15 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Ross Chastain in the 2019 Bojangles' Southern 500 in Darlington, South Carolina, with a 4x6 inch decal on the rear quarter panel. President Aaron Green is believed to be one of the youngest sponsors in NASCAR, being only 16 at the time, and Aariania is the first micronation to ever become a NASCAR sponsor. President Green and Governor Green would attend the race, where Ross Chastain would start 31st and end 28th in the car which would be dubbed "#AarianiaCar".



2020 Indonesian micronations shock began in 10 January 2020 was triggered by sudden media frenzy on activities of communities with micronation-like characteristics, mainly of Keraton Agung Sejagat and Sunda Empire, among others. Indonesian main media outlets such as detikcom,[32] Kompas,[33] and tribunnews.com[34] extensively published stories and reports about the communities. The media frenzy ended after leaders of the Keraton and the Sunda Empire were arrested by Indonesian police and charged for sedition and fraudulent activities in the end of January.


On 23 December, an article by Enamul Hoque Chowdhury titled "Micronationalism" was published by the Daily Sun, and featured the Republic of The Sohnland.[35]

See also


  1. ''Ils ne siègent pas à l'ONU''. Webcitation.org. Retrieved on 2012-07-15.
  2. https://www.nytimes.com/2000/05/25/technology/utopian-rulers-and-spoofs-stake-out-territory-online.html
  3. http://lovelycountry.net/
  4. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0475195/episodes?ref_=tt_ov_epl
  5. Micronations - John Ryan. Lonely Planet Publications Party Ltd. September 2006. https://books.google.com/books?id=5ZRrwrlIPSYC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_atb#v=onepage&q&f=false. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  6. "Pizza Hut spends RM2 mln on advertising and promotion costs". The Borneo Post. 2010-05-06. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  7. Himaruya, Hidekaz (2010). "Chapter 2: A Treasure Chest Full of Countries!". Hetalia: Axis Powers, Volume 6. TokyoPop. pp. 31–48. ISBN 978-1-57032-152-8. 
  8. Jody Shapiro (2010). How to Start your Own Country. tiff.net.
  9. http://www.findingdulcinea.com/features/travel/What-Is-a-Micronation.html
  10. AOL (4 October 2011). "Join the List of 5 Weirdest Micronations by Starting Your Own Country - Asylum.com". Asylum. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  11. "Micro Nation".
  12. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/08/sealand-havenco-data-haven-pirate/
  13. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/meet-the-micronation-builders-self-appointed-leaders-have-created-independent-territories-complete-9890805.html
  14. https://io9.gizmodo.com/how-to-start-your-own-micronation-1675358897
  15. http://www.katehavnevik.com/pledge/
  16. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-32332473
  17. https://www.businessinsider.com/most-interesting-micronations-in-the-world-map-2015-6?r=US&IR=T
  18. https://www.brusselstimes.com/all-news/magazine/35805/springtime-of-micronations-spearheaded-by-belgian-grand-duke-niels/
  19. https://knpr.org/knpr/2016-05/nevada-home-micronation-dont-tell-micronation
  20. https://mashable.com/2017/02/10/micronations-australia-atlantium-own-country/
  21. https://madrasrealty.com/micronation-is-a-piece-of-land-that-claims-to-be-an-independent-or-sovereign-nation-but-is-not-6143cbb3ddff
  22. https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/what-is-a-micronation.html
  23. https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/micronations/index.html
  24. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4665236/Micronation-Molossia.html
  25. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3954387/micronation-in-nevada-with-a-population-of-33-and-a-tongue-in-cheek-dictator-celebrates-40-years-since-it-was-founded/
  26. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-africa-40829012
  27. https://www.dw.com/en/micronation-liberland-a-danube-peninsula-declares-its-independence/a-40015563
  28. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/lists/bizarre-micronations/
  29. https://qz.com/1196022/photos-the-leaders-control-some-of-the-small-nations-in-the-world/
  30. https://curiosity.com/topics/5-fascinating-micronations-around-the-world-curiosity/
  31. https://theculturetrip.com/europe/austria/articles/kugelmugel-the-micronation-in-viennas-prater-park/
  32. Usai Keraton Sejagat, Kini Kekaisaran Sunda Empire Runtuh ("Sunda Empire follows the collapse of the Keraton Agung Sejagat", in Indonesian), 29 January 2020
  33. Irwan Nugraha. Viral dan Dikenal Publik, Kesultanan Selaco Gelar Syukuran Khusus (Selaco Sultanate Held a Ceremony to Celebrate their Exposure, in Indonesian). regional.kompas.com. 25 January 2020.
  34. Heboh Kemunculan Keraton Agung Sejagat di Purworejo, ini Kata Sosiolog ("Shock as Keraton Agung Sejagat emergence in Purworejo, this is what a sociologist commented"', in Indonesian), 16 January 2020.
  35. https://www.daily-sun.com/printversion/details/595243/Micronationalism