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How to Start Your Own Country
Alex Steffen, 29 Feb 08

Paul Raven hooks us up with this primer on how to start your own country. For real:

Step 1: Make sure you are eligible

As tempting as it might be to declare your cubicle a sovereign state, customary international law actually does specify minimum standards for statehood.

1. You must have a defined territory.

2. You must have a permanent population.

3. You must have a government.

4. Your government must be capable of interacting with other states.

Though Paul does advise that "Once you’ve founded your micronation, you may want to join the League Of Micronations in lieu of acceptance into the UN; if nothing else, it’ll give you a social circle for bitching about the big boys."

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Comments

This is cool. I wonder if Taiwan can do this. Or would commie China object. Why doesn't the USA recognize Taiwan then? It qualifies on all counts.

Great post, Alex. Taiwan's 23 million disenfranchised souls thank you, I am sure....


Posted by: Danny Bloom on 2 Mar 08

Fantastic idea. I have wanted to do this desperately.


Posted by: Rajesh on 3 Mar 08

I just wonder if the Lakota Nation would accept outsiders! XD


Posted by: Terra Verde on 4 Mar 08



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