micronation

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micronation

(ˈmaɪkrəuˌneɪʃən)
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an entity, typically existing only on the internet or within the private property of its members, that lays claim to sovereign status as an independent nation, but which is unrecognized by real nations
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A self-proclaimed micro-nation of seven square kilometers between Serbia and Croatia, Liberland is a virtual "state" with a website and a Facebook page, which has failed to obtain recognition from any sovereign country.
Welcome to the micro-nation of Islonia - the only part of Scotland that has already declared its independence thanks to self-styled monarch Ian McWhinney and his royal consort Queen Jess.
This West African denunciation of the python, the local version of the god Chaka calls Lord of the Deep Pool, thereby cuts the micro-nation of the Igbo off from all the rebirth of tradition and rebalancing of power that the Continent's snake spirits both symbolize and help to make manifest in the physical world.
Obika's sudden, unforeseen death as he performs the ritualistic warning run, inaugurating the mask that establishes his age-group's achievement of authority and identity in his micro-nation, parallels the Christian concept of sacrificing the sacred son.
Like Nwapa's Efuru from the micro-nation of the Igbo, p'Bitek's Lawino from the micro-nation of the Acoli is willing to accept another woman in her husband's life, if relations between all parties, the husband and both wives, remain respectful.
Voting with the US were mostly sparsely populated micro-nations, along with Guatemala and Honduras.
In fact, other territorial decisions could be made through concurrent majorities--for example, the integration of such micro-nations as Gambia and Senegal and Guinea and Guinea-Bissau.
The unwelcome legacy of the colonial era was when artificial 'national' boundaries were imposed across the continent's micro-nations.
Regardless of UN recognition or constitutional definitions, micro-nations have been appearing for decades.
But despite these few saving graces and initial promise, Micro-nations falls flat.