Micronations

micro_nationsIf you don't know this term, it doesn't matter. It is really quite self-explanatory as you browse through this zany book released recently by Lonely Planet which looks at the world's smallest and most bizarre 'countries'.

Some of them have a population numbering under ten. At least one is in Australia, the Hutt River Province in Western Australia, and there are a hundred or so others to have you alternately amazed and amused.

Not all are on land, either. Sealand is on top of a former anti-aircraft tower in Britain's North Sea, and then there is Westarctica. That's right, it's part of the Antarctic ice-shelf, claimed by an American in 2001.

Good for a laugh, or maybe the prompt you need to lay claim to a part of the world and install yourself as its ruler.

Micronations, the Lonely Planet Guide to Home-made Nations, rrp $24.95. www.lonelyplanet.com

 

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