What makes a country a country? Documentarian Jody Shapiro visits six unrecognized “micro-nations”, from Sealand (on an abandoned gun tower in the North Sea) to the 1.3 acre Republic of Molossia to find out…
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The documentary is a nice idea but it mixes some (at least 3 out of 6) trivial cases which are just jokes, with a couple of other much more serious and interesting cases such as Seborga and the Seasteading idea both of which are very serious and interesting but in completely different ways and could have been explored more in depth, and are really about people trying to set up different kinds of communities.
Why do Liechtenstein and Monaco exist? What makes Andorra a state? And why would you be proud to be a resident of The Cook Islands or Tuvalu? What makes these countries to micro-states? Is it the United Nations that determine whether a country is a micro-state? And that is the starting point of this documentary. If there is no real definition of what a country really is. Why not you claim your own country?
awesome. decent doc, excellent subject matter. i've always thought the artificially and arbitrarily created borders that separate us on this planet were just that: arbitrarily created. i am a world citizen (like my grandfather in austria already proclaimed 50 years ago when it was probably more leftist to say so), and i am glad there are some free thinkers left.