With taking part comes responsibility. Paying taxes. Waiting at red traffic lights. And much more. For those who only feel duty in a community, this seems to be a move forward.
Micro-states. A self-built empire of your own. You decide about the rules. You decide who’s allowed to come in for a visit or to join. But is it possible at all? It is. And there are some examples in the world.
(Video at CinemaCopainLtd)
The documentary, “Empire Me”, shows some aspects, some ideas. Some difficulties? As one of the protagonists says: “When you eliminate the money things get confusing.” That’s where one of the problems starts. What about personal moral? Who says you can’t steal from another plate. And more importantly? Who inhibits that when there’s no law? Who’s the law? One person?
So here we are. Can one be independent from everything…? Are we as human beings are made to be alone?
But where are those states? Empires? What are they about?
The ZeGG, a community for experimenting with community, as they call themselves. It’s located in Germany near Berlin. In the area of the 1936 Olympic village and exists to free the citizens sexual identity.
There are more. The Principality of Sealand. “Founded as a sovereign Principality in 1967 in international waters, six miles off the eastern shores of Britain.” [source] On an old platform for antiaircraft defense.
They even have a website and merchandise. And they hope the rest of the world buys it. International trade makes a state. But how independent is that?
(Photo: Screenshot of sealandgov.org)
Australia? Here’s the Principality of Hutt River. Previously known as the Hutt River Province, it is the oldest micronation in Australia. The principality claims to be an independent sovereign state having achieved legal status on 21 April 1970, although it remains unrecognised except by other micronations. Hutt river is located 517 kilometres north of Perth. [source]
Just a few of many micro-states east and west of the Atlantic…