Let's say you had a windfall of a nine figure sum and decided you wanted to buy a country. Or just a large piece of land to live on. Or even just the plot that your house now inhabits. What is preventing you from declaring your land, which you bought, as an independent country? Do we truly own the land we buy, or does it still belong to the crown despite blowing our hard-earned on a semi with a garden? What is the procedure for declaring independence? Is there a form to fill in and an application fee? Who decides what is a real country or not? Hold a plebiscite in the front room perhaps?