|dc.description.abstract||While primarily concerned with questions of legitimacy, particularly in regard to issues such
as sovereignty, recognition, and autonomy as they relate to diminutive nationalistic entities
(otherwise known as “micronations”), this work also seeks to resolve definitional concerns
associated with the concept of “nationalism”in general. In an attempt to simultaneously realize
these objectives, the “micronationalist”phenomenon has been examined in light of academic and
legal research, particularly in connection with traditional international law.
Research for this project entailed consultation of a variety of secondary scholarly sources,
including books, journals, and “online”material. Primary sources included direct personal
communication with the heads of state of various “micronationalist”entities. The governments
of these states also provided material concerning political, cultural, sociological, military, and
economic developments associated with their nations.
Where “micronations”specifically are concerned, the motivations of those who establish
them are found to be divergent in the extreme. Also, even though “micronationalism”is often
associated with the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, such states have existed since antiquity.
Their relationships with larger, more powerful, traditional nations have typically been
characterized by disputes over the aforementioned issues of sovereignty, recognition, and
It was concluded that “nationalism”itself (or, more specifically, “nationhood”) is at best an
ambiguous and nebulous term. There is an absence of consensus within both the legal and
academic communities regarding this issue, as well as among the governments of traditional
nations, leading to the current proliferation of “micronationalist”states.||en_US