The Hutt River province is a farm in Australia that claimed independence through Tort laws in protest against agricultural quotas. It claims over 20,000 citizens and issues its own passports. The Australian Government views the area as Australian territory, but treats it as a tourist attraction (since the government makes more money from tourists visiting the place than it would taxing the few citizens, it would be pointless to try to "reclaim" it).
Joshua Abraham Norton (January 17, 1811 – January 8, 1880), also known as His Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, was a celebrated citizen of San Francisco who famously proclaimed himself "Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico" in 1859. Although he had no political power, and his influence extended only so far as he was humored by those around him, he was treated deferentially in San Francisco, and currency issued in his name was honored in the establishments he frequented. Norton also corresponded with Queen Victoria, and he was addressed as His Imperial Majesty by local citizens and in the newspaper obituaries announcing his death.
Emperor Norton is viewed as a patron saint by most Micronationalists, and every year a series of awards are held in his honour, called (unsurprisingly) the "Emperor Norton Awards".
- There's a massive page on this guy at Wikipedia
HM King Nicholas IEdit
Nicholas Henry John Copeman, born January 6 1979, attracted a cult following in 2003, after changing his name by deed poll to HM King Nicholas I, and founding a new empire from his royal seat - a four-berth caravan trailer just outside Sheringham, Norfolk.
Originally done as a dare with a friend, his new, royal persona soon took on a life of its own, as he sold peerages over the internet, blagged his way into local high-society and pursued a relationship (unsuccessfully) with "fellow royal" Zara Phillips.
In Summer 2005, he embarked on a "Grand Royal Tour of the United Kingdom", visiting Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and London.