Nationhood is achieved: A new micronation is born!

USI Government blog post number 000-001

Posted by: Head of the Executive

Many have fantasized about inhabiting their own nation, perhaps with a few others. Reasons might be from not having to pay taxes, to making own laws, to simply being in charge of organizing everything. Some of these people have actually done something about it, and attempted (more or less successfully) to declare their house a sovereign nation, or claimed other territories.

Now, the first time I heard that, according to international law, and to some macronations -- as we (still) micronations, call them -- have loopholes in their laws that make it possible for a micronation to legally exist -- the reason I have italicized 'legally' is because the existence and independence of a new nation doesn't so much depend on law, but on if macronations recognize it, the best being the macronation that surrounds one -- I thought to myself, "Well, I could just claim a bit of land that no one else has declared their own territory." But the problem with that is, there aren't really any left. Of course, there are regions that are de facto unclaimed, but if a micronation that actually made it to this place (presumably in the middle of nowhere) were to draw attention to itself, the macronation could (if it cared) send some police officers to kick the micronationalists out. In fact, I would go so far as to say that there are only two unclaimed bits of land (and we, the citizens of the Usian Republic, have now de jure declared those places as our own). These are:

  1. Bir Tawil, an 800 mi² area between Egypt and Sudan that neither of the macronations has claimed, but that sadly hasn't remained entirely unknown;
  2. Marie-Byrd-Land, a large hunk (620'000 mi²) of Antarctica, though according to an international treaty, no further claims will be recognized by UN members (and that's a lot of countries). Sure, now that the large nations that have existed for a bit longer have gotten their claims.

Of course, this brings us to another problem: de jure. Just because Usi has claimed Bir Tawil does not mean we can subject it to our laws. Its remoteness hinders us from doing so. Albeit if it hadn't been so remote, or if someone had discovered oil there, I doubt it would have remained unclaimed. So we have called our Bir Tawil territory and 'outpost', meaning, in Usian argot, that we claim it, but our law system might not be completely established there.

However, back to claiming land that has already been claimed: The Montevideo Convention, states that, "The state as a person of international law should possess the following qualifications:

(a) a permanent population;

(b) a defined territory;

(c) government; and

(d) capacity to enter into relations with the other states,"

and "The political existence of the state is independent of recognition by the other states."

The first statement makes micronations legal, but you cannot force macronations to accept that our "political existence" is "independent of recognition of other states." This means that we should try to gain recognition by macronations, and, most importantly, the United Nations.

Specific to our growing micronation, the Usian Republic, it is the government and my wish to be recognized as independant by most countries. It might be a good idea to start with the macronations that also have claims to our new territory, in this case Germany and the United States of America. In the U.S., the decision to recognize a new state is made by the President, so the Usian government is planning to enter diplomatic relations with the U.S. and contact the President. How the decision is made in Germany, I'm not sure, Wikipedia has been quite vague about this, not to say that it hasn't mentioned it at all, as far as I can see.

For the Usian Republic to become a member of the UN, or at least recognized by them, five nations, the U.S.A., Great Britain, Russia, France and China, known as the permanent five (P5) must recognize us. This could become tricky, so we have to be sure to show many ways in which our independence could benefit them.

Of course, for us to even be considered for the United Nations, I, as head of government, would have to read the UN Charter, and, at the moment, I don't have time or patience for that, it's rather longer than you might expect.

So, right now, our aim is to naturalize as many (trustworthy) people as is possible, in order to attain nationhood, as it is defined by Lars E. Bryld. We must achieve a "common identity as a people" and must be able "to be identified as such". Later we can worry about statehood.

As if the still-disorganized Usian government didn't have enough to worry about, we must plan far ahead to avoid future chaos. Let us pretend that the Usian Republic achieves Bryld's definition of 'Statehood'. We are now officially independent, and a number of problems and questions face us:

  1. Do we tax our citizens, who have, of course, maintained dual nationalities? They are already paying taxes to the other country. If we don't receive any taxes, how will we finance the budget? The First National Reserve and Mint Bank of Usi can't pay indefinitely, nor can we force our loyal citizens to give us tax money, or they will renounce their citizenship.
  2. Since the territory is divided among so many different small provinces, how will we enforce our laws, and who among the general populace will, to use some slang 'give a damn'?
  3. And so on and so forth.


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