Countries Which Don't Exist (Self-Declared; Unrecognized; etc.)

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San Escobar: Polish foreign minister's slip invents a country
11 January 2017

Do you know the way to San Escobar?
Probably not, it doesn't exist, but that didn't stop Poland's foreign minister claiming to have had a productive meeting with its officials this week.
Witold Waszczykowski told reporters he met with various nations for Poland's bid to join the UN security council, "such as Belize or San Escobar".

Mr Waszczykowski has been roundly mocked on Twitter, the one place San Escobar does now exist, flag and all.
He said that he had had meetings with officials from nearly 20 countries, including some Caribbean nations "for the first time in the history of our diplomacy. For example with countries such as Belize or San Escobar".

He put the slip down to tiredness. "Unfortunately after 22 hours in planes and several connecting flights you can make a slip of the tongue," he said.
He said he had in mind Saint Kitts and Nevis, a two-island Caribbean country known in Spanish as San Cristobal y Nieves.

Twitter users responded in customary style, creating an official account and a flag for the island nation.
One tweet said that San Escobar "fully supports Poland's candidacy to the Security Council".

Another designed some currency, but added: "It's funny until you realise your only allies left are Belarus, Hungary and an imaginary nation state."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38582447
That was truly weird.
 
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The founder of Australia's oldest micro-nation, 500 kilometres north of Perth, has announced he will abdicate as reigning monarch, handing over sovereignty to his youngest son.

Following a stoush with the State Government over wheat production quotas, through a series of legal manoeuvres Leonard Casely decided to secede from Australia in 1970, and form the Principality of Hutt River.

Hutt River claims to be an independent sovereign state and has existed for 45 years, although the Australian Government does not legally recognise it.

Now at 91, and suffering from the effects of emphysema, Prince Leonard has nominated his youngest son Graeme to take over the sovereign reins.

"It certainly would be nice to be able to continue, but again, you've got to be able to realise that we've all got our own period of life," Prince Leonard said.

"I'm very happy to be handing it over to Prince Graeme, because I know he's very able and capable."

Prince Graeme, who holds a number of titles, including minister of state and education and grand master of the order of wisdom and learning, has been working full-time at the principality for three years. ...

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-...t-river-principality-abdicates-to-son/8232730
 

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San Escobar: Polish foreign minister's slip invents a country
11 January 2017

Do you know the way to San Escobar?
Probably not, it doesn't exist, but that didn't stop Poland's foreign minister claiming to have had a productive meeting with its officials this week.
Witold Waszczykowski told reporters he met with various nations for Poland's bid to join the UN security council, "such as Belize or San Escobar".
Have just noticed this exchange, about the Foreign Minister's “mis-speaking”. It occurs to me to wonder whether Mr. Waszczykowski might be – like myself -- a devotee of the “Vorkosigan” series of space-fiction / psychological / romance novels by Lois McMaster Bujold. The series’s premise is a far-future situation of a galaxy-wide assortment of human-settled planets with various cultures. One of the “bit-players”, is the planet called (just plain) Escobar: in the main, an advanced, progressive and humanely-run society; populated largely by folk from Earth from, most broadly, Hispanic / Portuguese cultures – the inhabitants tend to be passionate and excitable. If our Polish ministerial gent were by any chance a Bujold fan – the above might account for “San Escobar” having popped up as it did, out of his subconscious.
 
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Looks as if dissidents might be behind the elaboration of Veyshnoria given Pavel Usov's comments.

A country invented as part of military exercises in Belarus has caught the imagination of locals, who have created a foreign ministry, flag, history and even its own Wikipedia page for the fictional nation.

Veyshnoria is one of three states made up for the Zapad 2017 military drills, which - according to the scenario - seek to invade Belarus and sow discord between Minsk and Moscow.

The map of the exercise, made public during the General Staff briefing on 29 August, shows Veyshnoria in the north-western regions of today's Belarus, with Vesbaria and Lubenia lying in Lithuania and Poland, the Nasha Niva website reports.

Some commentators noted that the border between Belarus and Veyshnoria "strongly resembles" the border between the Soviet Union in Poland in 1920-39. "This means that under the Zapad 2017 scenario, Belarusians will have to attack the territory of Belarusians," lifestyle website kyky.org said.

Political historian Pavel Usov, blurring reality and fiction on his Facebook page, said that "Veyshnoria is a peaceful democratic country which has never been aggressive towards its neighbours. ...

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-41107540
 
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On Israel's coastal road, just south of Lebanon, lies a crossing into a land of another kind.

Large blue iron gates with white painted signs mark the border, but there is no entry procedure - visitors just arrive, then go and look for the president. This is Achzivland, perhaps the most unusual piece of territory in the Middle East. It has the trappings of a state - a flag (of a mermaid), a national "anthem" (the sound of the sea) and a constitution declaring the president democratically elected by his own vote (never actually cast).

Achzivland also has a House of Parliament - a timber structure with scatter-cushions round a table - though it has no serving MPs and has never held any sessions. ...

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31800580
Sad news: Eli Avivi leader of Achzivland has died.

One of the Middle East's longest-serving "rulers" has died aged 88 but Eli Avivi was no ordinary president.

He led the micronation of Achzivland - with its population of two - for almost half a century.

Nestled in the north of Israel near the border with Lebanon, the tiny "nation" attracted hippies and celebrities alike, including Sophia Loren.

Despite having no international recognition, it has its own flag (a mermaid) and national anthem (the sea).

Avivi is survived by his wife and Achzivland's only other "citizen", Rina, 71, who confirmed his death in the early hours of Wednesday.

His sister told Israeli news site Ynet news he had been suffering from severe pneumonia. ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-44142794
 
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Some of these Mini- Reichs based on the Sovereign Citizen/Freemen notion, others are Fourth Reichs, Principalities or Monarchies.

Germany’s New Mini-Reichs
By Timothy Wright

ON THE OUTSKIRTS of the East German town of Wittenberg, about six kilometers northwest of the city center, lie the grounds of an old shuttered hospital. The 23-acre plot is dotted with groves of pine and chestnut trees and winding cobblestone pathways now overgrown with grass and weeds. Like so many other East German hospitals, factories, and businesses, the departure of two million residents after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the influx of new technology from the West left properties like the hospital redundant. In 2010, with real estate prices depressed, a buyer for the property emerged, a welcome development for a region seeking economic renewal. But the new owner’s plans for “renewal” were far more ambitious than merely providing health care.

The new proprietor, who had tried to keep himself anonymous, was a former cook, tattoo parlor owner, karate instructor, and esoteric healer by the name of Peter Fitzek. He had become a regular speaker at homeopathic conferences around Germany in the early 2000s. Within this alternative milieu occupied with astrology and healing the body, Fitzek’s appearances veered into grandiose plans to heal the body politic.

His speeches expounded dissatisfaction with mainstream politics and the German state itself, questioning the latter’s legitimacy and laws, which he felt kept the population in a state of material security, but ultimately restricted their spiritual development and only served far-off elites elsewhere in the EU. At alternative conferences and on far-right YouTube talk shows, Fitzek began to promote his vision for “a new financial and economic system […] and progressive theory of the state.” ...

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/germanys-new-mini-reichs
 

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I love the Man From Taured story. I want to believe that there's another reality where his country exists (in place of Andorra, exactly!), and that's where he went back to when he vanished from the hotel room.

Just imagine the terror of knowing that your country exists, and the company you were going to visit, etc, but nobody believes you.
 

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interesting to hear that from Germany. Certainly the people here (uk) who go on about euro elites seem to think that it's germany that has them...
That's how it works with using shadowy others as scapegoats. They've always got to be not quite tangible. Otherwise the whole thing falls down.
 

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The Bedtime Stories podcast (S03E10) did a good podcast on the man from Taured. I was surprised that this supposedly occurred in 1954 and the first time I stumbled across it was listening to said podcast.
Ooh is that the same Bedtime Stories that do the most excellent YouTube series?

These ones: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCD4-G3Aokt2sM7TYQV2HmA/videos

You're right though, it isn't a particularly widely known story, I don't think. Can't remember where I first read about it.
 

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interesting to hear that from Germany. Certainly the people here (uk) who go on about euro elites seem to think that it's germany that has them...
Being a plastic paddy what I find both amusing and refreshing is the change that has taken place over the last few years in Ireland, or at least in the bit of Eire that I am most familiar with. When I started visiting “home” the Irish were self-deprecating and you felt at times they almost wanted to tug their forelock in some misplaced idea that I/we were somehow above them.
With the Celtic tiger came the realisation that they were very much our equals and now with the current political turmoil they jut out their chins and tell us to “go on to f***k”. So I believe the whole euro elites thing is balderdash.
 

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The Bedtime Stories podcast (S03E10) did a good podcast on the man from Taured. I was surprised that this supposedly occurred in 1954 and the first time I stumbled across it was listening to said podcast.
I forget when I first heard it, but it was a long time ago.
 
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