Resources

A handful of general resources for a start:

  • Basic pages about micronations, from Wikia(better definition), and Wikipedia(more linkage)
  • The Microfreedom Index, has its share of dead links, but the sheer size more than makes up for it.
  • A rather large and current List of Micronations.
  • Micronations.eu, a community with a lively forum.
  • Micronations.net and their list of micronations (they concentrate more on the simulationist part, though).
  • How to Start Your Own Country in Four Easy Steps - well, okay, not quite so easy. But this is how it can be reportedly done.
  • How to start your own micronation, concentrating mostly on the web-based micronations, but it has some useful points.
  • The Micronational Welcoming Committee, a small but helpful wiki on making micronations.
  • Footnotes to History, listing many of the smaller and lesser known nations
  • Open Micronational, another forum of interest.
  • How to start your own country is a book (Erwin S. Strauss, Paladin Press 1999, ISBN 1581605242), reported to have serious thoughts as humorous insight on the matter. Might be a bit dated, but the ideas stay. Still in print.
  • Blueprint For Paradise: How to Live on a Tropic Island (Norgrove, Russ; McGraw-Hill 1983, ISBN: 0-918373-15-8) is reported as another good source of information.
  • MicroHub a forum page for discussions on the topic.

Active Projects

Organizations that appear to be active at the moment, intent upon gaining sovereignty and own territory in some form.

  • The Seastading Institute would like to establish permanent, autonomous ocean communities to enable experimentation and innovation with diverse social, political, and legal systems. It goes quite into some detail!
  • The Federated Commonwealth or FedCom, a secessionist micronation claiming land in Western Africa.
  • The Liberty Island forums, a project in its formative stages intent to purchase an island, and create an independent nation. The forums contain useful information, and some discussion to boot.
  • The Kingdom of TorHavn, functioning at least since 1999, and planning to gain land in the US in some undetermined future.
  • Liberland is a country project located in disputed territory between Serbia and Croatia.

Organizations

There are various groupings for micronations, and the people making them. Herein shall lie the more useful organizations for the purpose of this website.

Specific Resources

Other useful materials, of a more specific or technical kind:

  • Sea Around Us, a foundation offering useful information, on the economic zones of countries, high seas, and seamounts. Worth a look.
  • VLIZ, a Maritime Boundaries Geodatabase, listing the economic zones of various countries. Not sure how precise or current it is, but definitely very useful for those seeking for a home on the sea.
  • On-Line Chart Viewer of the Office of Coast Survey, a set of detailed maps and nautical charts of for the coast of the US and its territories. Very detailed.
  • A large resource on 'Seasteading'.
  • Growth Strategies for Fifth and Sixth World Nations, concentrating on the concept of nation, and has notes on a few things that shouldn't be missing for the upstart nations (especially culture, own domain, etc).
  • Wikipedia list of islands.
  • Flashearth, combining views on Earth from several sources. Great for looking up interesting locations, like islands. Here a couple of them.
  • A page on Guerilla Warfare
  • A list of construction techniques, particularly those of small costs and impact on their surroundings. Sadly the links are not integrated into the page.
  • A TIDES brochure (PDF), showcasing affordable housing options, and offering many thoughts and examples of infrastructure in difficult conditions.
  • Private Islands online has also a large forum, with much information on island survival, and many members who actually live that way.
  • Free Places, an old study of locations of interest and the relevant international laws. Mentions a few sources on seamounts.
  • Pelagic, a dead project proposing an incremental approach, and actually tried out some of their designs on a smaller scale… most don't get that far.
  • Practical Action, as the name suggests, focuses on using practical means in often difficult conditions. Some of those techniques can be used in other places.

(And there is much more out there.)

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