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Kingdom of Lovely

Die Dulce Freure – Have a Nice Day

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erhaps the second most famous micronation is the Kingdom of Lovely. The nation was created as a part of a TV comedy series called How to Start Your Own Country by the comic writer, Danny Wallace. The biggest problem for the nation is a lack of physical territory. It was originally intended to be situated in Wallace’s flat in east London, but since the comedian moved house it has reverted to cyberspace by default. The lack of symbolic territory has had a negative effect on the citizenry. Even though its population reached over 58,000 people, there has been no activity on its website since 2010. However the prospects for the dormant nation are good. Firstly, it has a well developed constitution that is available online for public scrutiny. The document astutely deals with complex issues of state such as the location of the capital. Section (1)(c) clearly states that “The capital city of the Kingdom of Lovely shall forever be Home”. The Kingdom of Lovely also benefits from good connections: it received guidance from Noam Chomsky and Prince Michael of Sealand during its nation building stage. Most importantly, the UK has shown ample indifference to the project, limiting the risk of an armed incursion.

Celestia

Magnanimity

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elestia is the largest of our featured micronations. It claims the entirety of the universe with the exception of planet Earth. It was created in 1949 by James Mangan as a political movement to prevent future territorial conflicts in outer space. Its founder never actually visited the territory, though at its peak, the nation claimed to have over 19,000 “members” and even produced its own coins. Mangan reportedly issued US astronauts with passports during the Apollo missions. The concept died with its founder in 1970.

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