The Amorph!03 performance art biennale hosted the first »Summit
of Micronations«, where the kings, presidents and representatives
of "self made" countries met each other for the first time. Micronations
possess state symbols such as passports and flags. They have also
proclaimed constitutions, established their own laws and monetary
systems. Each micronation differs strongly of the requirements of
Statehood: population, territory, government, legality, independence,
sovereignty and the capacity to enter into relations with other
The concept of a 'self made' nation provokes us to consider the
societal and democratic conflicts of our time. Micronations demonstrate
the mechanisms of nation-building and the functioning of national
histories. The real-life examples such as Ladonia prove that micronation-projects
can lead into an intervention within the political arena which the
state might regard as problematic.
The Swedish public authorities are demanding the founder of the
Ladonia Lars Vilks to tear down the massive wood and stone constructions
that form the micronation on an abandoned beach. This battle is
continuously being fought on different levels of the bureaucratic
system. Lars Vilks has, for instance, saved one of the constructions
by registering it as a book and by giving every stone a 'page number'.
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PLAN*B FOR ARKADIANMÄKI recommends:
Are you dissatisfied with the present states? Create your own
Creating a nation-state is educational and a lot of fun! It might
take a while before your state will be legally formalized in the
eyes of the international authorities, but it should not prevent
you from creating your own legislation and recruiting citizens.
Check out the excellent examples on Amorph!03 website!