* The title of this post comes from the novel Jane Eyre. Click on any image to view its source.
Lynda Schlosberg: Diffraction. Acrylic on panel, 30 x 30 inches.
A chart of grammatical terms from the constructed language Lojban. Image credit unknown.
An island micronation. Photo credit unknown.
Micronations, sometimes also referred to as model countries and new country projects, are entities that claim to be independent nations or states but which are not recognized by world governments or major international organizations.
Micronations are also distinguished from imaginary countries and from other kinds of social groups (such as eco-villages, campuses, tribes, clans, sects, and residential community associations) by expressing a formal and persistent, even if unrecognized, claim of sovereignty over some physical territory.
Several micronations have issued coins, flags, postage stamps, passports, medals, and other items, which are rarely accepted outside of their own community.