Is President Barack Obama ready to legalise micronations?
Here is the first piece of evidence in favour of that theory: his Nobel Prize acceptance speech:
Concretely, we must direct our effort to the task that President Kennedy called for long ago. “Let us focus,” he said, “on a more practical, more attainable peace, based not on a sudden revolution in human nature but on a gradual evolution in human institutions”. . . Agreements among nations. Strong institutions. Support for human rights. Investments in development. All of these are vital ingredients in bringing about the evolution that President Kennedy spoke about. And yet, I do not believe that we will have the will, or the staying power, to complete this work without something more – and that is the continued expansion of our moral imagination; an insistence that there is something irreducible that we all share. . . But we do not have to think that human nature is perfect for us to still believe that the human condition can be perfected. We do not have to live in an idealized world to still reach for those ideals that will make it a better place. The non-violence practiced by men like Gandhi and King may not have been practical or possible in every circumstance, but the love that they preached – their faith in human progress – must always be the North Star that guides us on our journey. . . For if we lose that faith – if we dismiss it as silly or naïve; if we divorce it from the decisions that we make on issues of war and peace – then we lose what is best about humanity. We lose our sense of possibility. We lose our moral compass. . . So let us reach for the world that ought to be – that spark of the divine that still stirs within each of our souls. [source]
This is the second evidence: a Long Island tribe, recognised only by New York State, nears federal recognition:
Long Island Tribe Nears Federal Recognition
U.S. Eases Way to Recognition for Shinnecock
So it is now beginning to seem entirely possible that Obama may end up recognising micronations.
If you haven’t done so thus far, and wish to encourage President Obama even further, I urge you to sign the “Obama should legalise micronations” petition: