It’s been three years since the Lonely Planet Micronations hit the shelves. Assuming this one isn’t sitting on your shelf (it’s not on mine); I wondered where I had to go to say I’ve visited one of these pint sized nations. At any given time, there are numerous of these found all over the world. Perhaps, I’ve already visited one without even knowing.
Typically unknown to anyone other than the eccentric founders, and even less in the general public, Smithsonian.com lists a handful of these interesting spots around the globe and why they’ve been created.
Whether those reasons are a way to promote business, like the Maritime Republic of Eastport (a peninsula in Chesapeake Bay), political stands as in the Principality of Hutt River (western Australia), an idealistic counterculture like Cristiania (Copenhagen, Denmark and pictured above), or out of simple teenage boredom, each of these destinations have a unique story, if nothing else.
That is, except for the Sovereign Nation of Jon Wick.
Jon lives in Butte, Montana, spending most of his time on skis or bikes; sometimes both. He began travel writing while teaching in Korea and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Technical Communication at Montana Tech. Jon has begun writing his first book, The Story of Will, whose movie rights are still (very) available. Catch more of Jon at TheJonWickproject.wordpress.com. (@ExpedJon)
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