Micronations are typically defined as entities which resemble or purport to be sovereign states, but are not. They have been a recurrent phenomenon in most western-style liberal democracies since the early 19th century.
Some are established as a vehicle for political protest or in response to perceived abuses at the hands of governments or their organs; others take the form of elaborate, self-contained performance-art projects, and yet others explore utopian themes or serve role-playing functions of varying degrees of sophistication. Most are the creation of a single eccentric individual, family or group.
PoliNation: 2nd International Conference on Micronations is an academic conference focusing on this intriguing, pervasive, diverse, amusing, creative and quite possibly revolutionary global socio-political phenomenon.
PoliNation will bring together academics from various disciplines, graduate students, authors, film-makers, media representatives, members of the general public and micronation leaders from across the UK and around the world, for a day of intensive, entertaining knowledge exchange within the historic confines of Chelsea Old Town Hall.
Among the many putative premiers, presidents, princes, kings, emperors and their entourages converging on London for this unique event will be those of the Principality of Sealand, the Republic of Molossia, the Empire of Atlantium, the Aerican Empire, the Free State of Alcatraz, the Principality of Wy and the NSK State.
The conference programme will include academic papers, general-interest and specialist presentations, a documentary film screening, Q&A sessions - and of course the opportunity for delegates to rub shoulders with a host of alternative (albeit self-appointed) world leaders.
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