Indeed, the UN has received dozens of requests for recognition from various micronations over the years.
For the country selling off new islands, an economic opportunity emerges: Official recognition of new micronations could be sold or rented as part of the new-nation package.
In 2005, the Scottish comedian Danny Wallace hosted a BBC miniseries about micronations, also called How to Start Your Own Country; it ended with the creation of the kingdom of Lovely, located in Wallace's apartment.
But most of the micronations here are less ambitious about asserting their autonomy.
M8--Summit of Micronations
, Singapore, 2006, ushers viewers through a long, dim corridor, with only peals of hysterical laughter leading the way toward two inner chambers.
Not concerned with real micronations such as Tuvalu, Lichtenstein or San Marino, nor with those of disputed nation status--hence no Palestine nor Basque State--this guide to the DIY version is a curious animal.
There are also some micronations on very our own doorstep, for example Sealand, a country built on top of a gun turret in the English channel and presided over by the splendidly named King Roy.
A large number of imaginary nations, sometimes called cybernations or micronations, are blossoming on the Internet.
So, while some micronations are utopian dreams, others are nightmares--online exercises in hate.
Perhaps the most intriguing projects are those proposed by creators of new micronations
But the days of micronations
as good clean fun may be over.
Here are a few forecasts for the impacts of island micronations