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A quantum micronational leap

In the beginning the Gods created the micronations and the micronational community.

For some time there was neither a real micronation (think of Nutopia), nor a real micronational community (think of the Conch Republic’s Fifth World community, where they are the only Fifth World country), but eventually a few micronations evolved, and even several, not one, micronational communities.

Eventually some micronations distinguised themselves from others. Sealand became the territorial micronation par excellence; the UMMOA started a real Internet, and then even managed to expand it to three continents; the Principality of Vikesland literally went into orbit; Wirtland had the good sense to make real money, a lot more real than the money of the so-called ‘real’ world, and issued a gold coin; and the Empire of Atlantium even got mentioned by a news agency, just as only macronations like Vermont and Texas had managed to do in the past.

Despite all these developments, however, the Wikipedia kept calling micronations ‘eccentric’ and ‘ephemeral’ in nature, while secession and self-determination movements were treated as more tangible, since allegedly maintained by groups larger than a single person or family group.

Making matters even more discouraging, while some micronations really went forward, and in many different ways, micronational organisations were much ado about nothing.

Well, on 26 May 2011, that feature of micronationalism became part of the definitive past. On that date, even a micronational organisation went seriously forward, when a prince joined the Micronational Professional Registry.

What kind of prince are we mentioning here? A real prince. In fact, this prince was made a prince by H.R.H. Don Francesco Nicola Roberto PaternĂ² Castello of the Royal House of Aragon, carrier of the house’s dynastic rights as jus majestatis and jus honorum.

Since that development, the Wikipedia’s article has become about as descriptive of micronationalism, as much as Saudi Arabia is a model of democracy. Even smart and perceptive micronationalists can no longer recognise micronationalism, because it seems to be materialising into something a lot greater than even the most incurable optimist could have foreseen.

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The PoliNation 2010 micronation conference

Pictures from the PoliNation 2010 micronation conference that was held on Dangar Island, Sydney on 17 April 2010, and billed as “the world’s first-ever conference on micronations”, are now available for viewing, courtesy of George (Georgivs) and his FarDistantShores.com travel and art photography website.

The password for the photo gallery below is “micronation”.

http://www.fardistantshores.com/Micronations/PoliNation-2010-Conference/11876321_H7RkZ

Studying the pictures, I can notice that the number of the people present appear to be surprisingly not much smaller than what I personally experienced at the Third North American Secessionist Convention that was held 14-16 November 2008 in Manchester, New Hampshire. I estimate that the PoliNation 2010 conference attracted at least 40 delegates, academics, and media people, while the Third North American Secessionist Convention attracted some 80 delegates at best.

The differences I see were:

  1. The PoliNation 2010 conference was a one-day thing, and while there was at first a $25 registration fee, in the end the event was entirely sponsored by Macquarie University, one of Australia’s leading research universities. There was also a significant academic present, Dr Judy Lattas, several independent scholars, and Associated Press reporters showed up for the event, and did interviews.
  2. The Third North American Secessionist Convention was really a two-day thing, and while hotel discounts were arranged with the Radisson Hotel Manchester by the Middlebury Institute, the convention was really financed by the attending nations. No academics were present other than Dr Thomas H. Naylor, a retired academic, and the independent scholar Kirkpatrick Sale, Director of the Middlebury Institute. There was also someone from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), but it was clear that he was little more than a graduate student. The Associated Press published an insignificant brief about the convention on the day it was supposed to start, but without actually sending anyone to the convention, and there were no other major media or news organisations present.

In other words, a Fifth World, or micronational event, generated pretty much the same interest as a Fourth World, or macronational event, but the Fifth World event managed to outshine the Fourth World event by attracting significant academic and media attention.

Besides being organised events about communities disaffected with the Official World, the only common thread to these two events was that PoliNation 2010 attracted delegates entirely from the Australian continent, while the Third North American Secessionist Convention attracted delegates entirely from the North American continent. These non-Official World events, in other words, are not likely to attract more than national, or at best, continent-wide attention even under the best of circumstances. This should remind all Fifth Worlders around the world, that the petty and uncivil bickering that often goes on between leaders of different micronations leads to nothing of substance, and certainly to no progress in the micronational, or Fifth and Sixth Worlds.

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