Funny, Weird and Wacky "kingdoms" in Australia

MICRONATIONS

Principality of Wy
Principality of Wy
Empire of Atlantium
Empire of Atlantium
Map of Hutt River Province
Map of Hutt River Province
Hutt River Province road sign
Hutt River Province road sign
Prince Leonard of Hutt River Province
Prince Leonard of Hutt River Province
Front of Hutt River Province coin
Front of Hutt River Province coin
Back of Hutt River Province coin
Back of Hutt River Province coin
Hutt River Province Passport
Hutt River Province Passport
Hutt River Province citizens in regalia
Hutt River Province citizens in regalia
Map of Snowtown, South Australia
Map of Snowtown, South Australia
Mail from Bumbunga
Mail from Bumbunga
Map of Victorian Alps region
Map of Victorian Alps region
Cowwarr Weir in the Victorian Alps
Cowwarr Weir in the Victorian Alps
Map of Victoria showing Shepparton
Map of Victoria showing Shepparton
Shepparton countryside
Shepparton countryside
Area of the Coral Sea islands off the Queensland coast
Area of the Coral Sea islands off the Queensland coast
Grand Duchy of Avram
Grand Duchy of Avram
Map of Tasmania showing Strahan on the west coast
Map of Tasmania showing Strahan on the west coast
Strahan by the sea, Tasmania
Strahan by the sea, Tasmania
Flag of North American Micronations
Flag of North American Micronations
Online Kingdom of Morovia
Online Kingdom of Morovia
Micronations Travelling Agency Logo
Micronations Travelling Agency Logo

MONARCHS OF MICRONATIONS

NEW SOUTH WALES

Principality of Wy - On the north side of Sydney Harbour Bridge, 15th November 2004, Prince Paul of Wy seceded from his local Mosman council, declaring a principality on his 700 square metre property.

Website - very sketchy but amusing

Empire of Atlantium - founded in 1981, (one of Australia's few micronations of the left), is a one-bedroom flat in Potts Point, Sydney, ruled by Emperor George Cruickshank II. Emperor George is proud of his micronation, which has lasted longer than his second hobby, collecting Art Deco toasters and coffee sets. His Empire was founded to promote a "liberal, secular, progressive, globalist world view". Emperor George claims 1000 members in 65 countries. One active community is in Brazil.

Website - entitled " Ministry of State of the Empire of Atlantium - Citizenship Application". Notice the note on the page's left sidebar. Part of the imperial collection of websites.

Principality of United Oceania - ruled by His Serene Highness Prince Peter I. This is a 66 hectare bushland block, 200km north of Sydney, near the small town of Medowie. The prince was refused permission to build a house there, due to aircraft noise from the nearby RAAF base, so he seceded from Australia in May 2003.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Hutt River Province - in Western Australia, is ruled by Prince Leonard (born Leonard George Casley) and his wife Princess Shirley. Prince Leonard withdrew his West Australian wheat farm from the Commonwealth of Australia in 1970. He had disputed with the government over the amount of wheat he was allowed to harvest on his almost 7500 hectare property. He served documents of secession on the state premier, the prime minister and the governor general, but offered Her Majesty the Queen the chance to stay on as head of state. (Few Australian micronations have ever tried to throw off the monarchy- only the elected government.)

  • Hutt River Province passports and honours were issued like British passports and honours- to anybody who could afford them. (The passports are believed to cost around $400 to $500). Prince Leonard claims 13,000 citizens around the world.

  • A Hutt River Province passport does not give the passport holder the right to live on Prince Leonard's farm, currently home to about 30 people, 10,000 sheep, several official buildings and a giant bust of Prince Leonard.

  • Hutt River Province produces stamps, banknotes, coins, souvenirs, and attracts 27,000 tourists a year according to Prince Leonard.

  • On display in Hutt River Province is a letter supposedly leaked from the Department of Territories, which acknowledges Prince Leonard's claim that he is not subject to Australian laws. He claims that he does not pay Australian income tax.

  • Hutt River Province website

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Province of Bumbunga - (near Snowtown, on the main route between Adelaide and Perth) - Alex Brackstone, a British born uranium prospector, postmaster, and, supposedly, a circus monkey-trainer, declared this South Australian province in 1976 with the Queen as head of state in perpetuity. He wanted to keep a tiny piece of Australia exclusively British. Governor Brackstone made a very large map of the British Isles out of 10,000 strawberry plants, with the idea that he would conduct weddings for homesick British couples, who would marry on the strawberry-plant stencil of their home county, with soil from that county sprinkled around them. Unfortunately, the Australian Customs Service confiscated the soil he tried to import. Then all his strawberries were killed in a drought. Brackstone was last heard of in 1999, when he apparently tried to fend off illegal firearms charges, by claiming immunity from prosecution as head of a foreign state. Shortly afterwards, he returned to Britain.

Website - The website has Page 1 on the tab, but there appears to be no more. The entire page is devoted to postage stamps. Part of the imperial collection of websites.

VICTORIA

Independent Nation of Rainbow Creek - in the Victorian Alps. "The farmers of Cowwarr had always been clear in their minds that government incompetence over nearly three decades - in the shape of the bridge and the weir - was clearly to blame for their woes - but when any form of compensation for loss of land, productivity and private infrastructure was denied them outright by the State Government in 1978 they finally decided that more serious action was warranted." - from the column of the official website.

Website - Part of the imperial collection of websites.

Principality of Ponderosa - is a 24 hectare property near Shepparton, Victoria. This property is run by Prince Little Joe Rigoli and his father Prince Virgilio. They describe the principality as a place where "Christians, white Anglo-Saxons and capitalists are not discriminated against". But on 7th July, 2005, "The Age" reported,

"A self-proclaimed prince and his two sons who once claimed their Shepparton farm was the independent principality of Ponderosa to avoid the taxman have been convicted of defrauding the Commonwealth."

QUEENSLAND

Gay Kingdom - based on an archipelago in the Coral Sea, with a land area of 3sq.km. in 780,000 square kilometres of ocean. The Gay Kingdom was founded in June 2004 by a group of gay business people who were dismayed at the government's refusal to recognise gay marriage. The new micronation, ruled by His Majesty Emperor Dale (actually, Dale Parker Anderson who claims direct descent from Edward II, the "murdered gay king of England") pledged to ratify gay union.

Website is a listing of more relevant listings including MySpace. Interestingly, the official website only leads to a broken link. But Superdrewby reports, "the founding fathers and mothers set sail on 14 June 2004 in the Gayflower until they were washed ashore on the uninhabited Coral Islands. With the strains of Gloria Gaynor filling the tropical air, they hoisted the rainbow flag above the palm trees and white, sandy beaches. The Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands was born."

TASMANIA

Duchy of Avram - in Tasmania. This micronation has no apparent territorial claim. The Duke of Avram, (John Charlton Rudge), founded the Royal Bank of Avram in the 1980s. Customers who wanted to shop at the Duke's store in Strahan, on Tasmania's west coast, first had to exchange their dollars and cents for avrams and ducals. Press clippings from the time suggest he called the bank a "b_nk", so as not to be prosecuted for running an unlicensed bank. The Duke now lives in Sorell, north-east of Hobart, but says his duchy is "philosophical not territorial". Through his Royal College of Heraldry, the Duke awards titles to other would-be nobles. He stresses he will not give a title without a coat of arms, and some of his armorial bearings predate the Knights Templar.

Website - Apart from the fact that this website looks ultra formal and royal, the tags under the title gave me some amusement. They include - royal principle of nature, kabala, tree of life and royal broker!

Notes adapted from "The Age"..."Good Weekend" - February 12, 2005

MORE!

* Start Your Own Country - Detailed listing of world micronations + background comments

* More details on world micronations - Hutt River Province features prominently here.

AND MORE!

Morovia - If you would like to belong to a special nation, try Morovia! It is an online community ruled by King Vincent III!

Micronations Travelling Agency - "YKON (Sasha Huber, Tellervo Kalleinen, Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Petri Saarikko) is a Helsinki based artist group which has been formed to convene the 2nd Summit of Micronations at the Brioni Islands in 2007."

press photo and CVs of the artists

League of Micronations has even added a new word to the dictionary! It is "intermicronational" - referring to their community. This League has 35 member nations and was established 20th July, 2000. Celebrating the new millennium? The Age of Micronationals?

THE ULTIMATE - In December 2007, BLDG Blogspot held a contest for inventing a micronation. The prize? A free copy of "Lonely Planet's Guide to Micronations", of course!

P.S. The author of "Lonely Planet's Guide to Micronations", Simon Sellars, has first hand experience in micronations. He grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Bentleigh, and established the micronation, "Independent Republic of Bentleigh". He declared himself President, and the whole of Bentleigh was his territory. BLDGBLOG interviewed him and the explanation of how this new world fell apart is hilarious! A transcript of the interview is to be found on boingboing - sub-titled - "a directory of wonderful things".

Australian Micronations - featuring comments by Emperor George II of Atlantium

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Comments 26 comments

Iðunn 8 years ago

this is the niftiest little page - I love weird stuff. I want to start my own country too :(

Grand hub! You outdid yourself :D You can never go wrong with silly (to me). :p


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Tottie 8 years ago from Australia , or China, or South Korea.

What a great post. As an Aussie I have heard of Prince Hutt, but I had not heard of the others. What amazing senses of humour too.


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AuraGem 8 years ago from Victoria, Australia Author

Lounn - I adore weird stuff. The weirder the better, but not outrageously stupid! Ummm well maybe just a touch!

Love trying to entertain you! I'm a bit like a monkey. As long as the music keeps playing and the clapping keeps happening, I'll keep dancing! lol

Smiles and Light


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AuraGem 8 years ago from Victoria, Australia Author

Tottie - Thanks for your comment! Yes! Hutt has gone into the international tourist trade, unlike the others. lol

Smiles and Light


Iðunn 8 years ago

you're nothing like a performing monkey, aura. you are like a delightfully fun peer to me. I like 'em a bit on the zany side. all the best women are rowdy and silly. :D


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AuraGem 8 years ago from Victoria, Australia Author

lol lounn! Well that makes me very weird! I am actually very shy! lol I've had to try to break that shyness by being a teacher and writing! But I'm hopeless at parties!

Smiles and Light


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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

A great hub of amusement

thank you


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AuraGem 8 years ago from Victoria, Australia Author

Totally my pleasure MrM!

Smiles and Light


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MM Del Rosario 8 years ago from NSW, Australia

I enjoy reading this hub.... funny but true....

MM


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AuraGem 8 years ago from Victoria, Australia Author

YES! The best part is it is totally true, and that makes it quite hilarious!

Thanks for reading!

Smiles and Light


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal

Just wait until I´ll create my own country! Eheheheh

Great hub.


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AuraGem 8 years ago from Victoria, Australia Author

lol funride - I think we all could have that on our wish list!

Thanks for reading!

Smiles and Light


markion 8 years ago from London

Lol, a 700sq metre kingdom, we can all be kings!


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AuraGem 8 years ago from Victoria, Australia Author

markion! I think there are a few of us who'd like to be kings, just as long as they're no worries in the kingdom! lol

Thanks for reading!

Smiles and Light


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

Wy? Wy. Wy! 

I love it.

Of course I am now a fan.


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NightFlower 8 years ago

I'm truly looking at Australia through new eyes through your hubs and for

many reason particulary these days I had no desire to leave the US but I

just might have to tip toe through the clovers and do it...learning a few

terms I hadn't heard of too. Thank u.


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AuraGem 8 years ago from Victoria, Australia Author

o nightflower! That is an amazing comment! You have answered what I am trying to do! I am trying very hard to give Oz a new wardrobe and some new jewellery on the world scene! Perhaps I am succeeding!

Thanks so much!

Smiles and Light


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Theophanes 8 years ago from New England

Oh my, what a wonderful article. It sure made me smile. The Province of Bumbunga section was absolutely priceless! Thanks for the laugh. Keep up with the celebration of oddness!


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AuraGem 8 years ago from Victoria, Australia Author

theophanes - I am a master at ferreting out oddness! I love it! Glad you enjoyed!

Smiles and Light


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quotations 8 years ago from Canada

What an interesting hub. I had always been fascinated by micronations and the eccentric people and dreamers who tried to make their own countries, but I had no idea that Australia had so many of them.


roadtripbuddy 8 years ago

amazing, very informative and worth discovering.


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Angela Harris 8 years ago from Around the USA

What fun. I have a friend who is originally from western Australia. I have to show this to her.


Chris 8 years ago

Declaring one's own patch of land a separate nation has some advantages. It can allow one to complete in the Olympic Games, for example. Usually, to complete in an olympic event, you have to achieve the qualifiying time / hiehgt / distance / whatever. But in some sports, the national champion of an even is allowed to take part, event if their best does not qualify. I want to declare my ptach a micronation, be the national champion in whatever sport I fancy, and take part in the Games!


johnjoe2 7 years ago

thank you for truly interesting article


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pocketaus 6 years ago from Australia

I enjoyed reading your Hub, very informative. I was doing a google search on a particular subject and it led me to you- and helped!


belal 4 years ago

hey !! i've passport from hutt river and still wanna know if can i travel to hutt river or not ??

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