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18th May '17 8:04:55 AM Ulysses21
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** The Principality of Pontinha may be the smallest nation in the world, pending UN analysis. It is a total of 178m[[superscript:2]], and consists in its entirety of a single tower fort and a small terrace built on an islet just off the town of Funchal on the Portuguese island of Madeira. The islet was sold by Portuguese king Dom Carlos I in 1903 to a British family, and sold again in 2000 to Renato Barros, a local art teacher. In 2007 the Portuguese government confirmed the legitimacy of the original 1903 sale; Renato claimed Pontinha's independence from Portugal and named himself Prince Renato II. In his own words, ''"It means I can do what I want with it Ė I could start a restaurant, or a cinema, but nobody thought that someone would want to start a country. So thatís what I did... I am the police, the gardener, everything. I am whatever I want to be Ė thatís the dream, isnít it? If I decide I want to have a national song, I can choose it, and I can change it any time. The same with my flag Ė it could be blue today, red tomorrow."'' The nation's four citizens are the Prince, his wife, and his two children, though only the Prince lives in the fort. Pontinha's official currency is UsefulNotes/{{Bitcoin}}.
18th May '17 7:42:56 AM Ulysses21
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** A particularly notable example is the Principality of Sealand, a disused sea fort off the coast of Suffolk, England, seized in 1967 by pirate radio broadcaster Paddy Roy Bates as a base for his radio station. When broadcasting from marine structures such as Bates's was made illegal that same year, Bates declared the fort an independent nation, and named it Sealand. Sealand has its own flag, anthem, currency and passports, and in 1978 was even invaded by a German businessman, with mercenaries, claiming to be the Prime Minister of Sealand and the rightful ruling authority. Although Sealand has no legal recognition, Bates claimed ''de facto'' recognition by the British government after they admitted the fort was outside national territorial waters and they could not charge him for firearms offences while there. In 1987 UK territorial waters expanded from 3 to 12 nautical miles and now include Sealand. Bates died in 2012, but passed the title 'Prince of Sealand' onto his son Michael, who lives on the British mainland.
28th Nov '16 3:08:53 AM TitoMosquito
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* The [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Crystal Empire]] is, despite the [[TheEmpire name]], barely a LandOfOneCity. It's implied that [[VestigalEmpire it was quite a lot bigger in the past.]]

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* The [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Crystal Empire]] is, despite the [[TheEmpire name]], barely a LandOfOneCity. It's implied that [[VestigalEmpire [[VestigialEmpire it was quite a lot bigger in the past.]]
29th Oct '16 10:05:10 AM Jake
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* The [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Crystal Empire]] is, despite the [[TheEmpire name]], barely a LandOfOneCity.

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* The [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Crystal Empire]] is, despite the [[TheEmpire name]], barely a LandOfOneCity. It's implied that [[VestigalEmpire it was quite a lot bigger in the past.]]
9th Oct '16 12:07:59 PM Kinswaous
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* Various countries the world over resemble this trope: Europe has UsefulNotes/{{Monaco}}, UsefulNotes/{{Liechtenstein}}, UsefulNotes/{{Luxembourg}}, and UsefulNotes/VaticanCity.[[note]]The pope, as head of state, is indeed a monarch. Also, the Vatican is of course ''super'' micro, given that it is not only small but entirely surrounded by one ''city''--Rome.[[/note]] (Andorra is a weird case, as its co-princes are the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diocese_of_Urgell bishop of Urgell]] and ...''[[UsefulNotes/ThePresidentsOfFrance the president of France]]''). The Middle East has the smaller Arab states of the Persian Gulf (particularly Bahrain); Southeast Asia has UsefulNotes/{{Brunei}}. In mainland Asia there's UsefulNotes/{{Bhutan}}.

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* Various countries the world over resemble this trope: Europe has UsefulNotes/{{Monaco}}, UsefulNotes/{{Liechtenstein}}, UsefulNotes/{{Luxembourg}}, and UsefulNotes/VaticanCity.[[note]]The pope, as head of state, is indeed a monarch. Also, the Vatican is of course ''super'' micro, given that it is not only small but entirely surrounded by one ''city''--Rome.[[/note]] (Andorra is a weird case, as its co-princes are the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diocese_of_Urgell bishop of Urgell]] and ...''[[UsefulNotes/ThePresidentsOfFrance the president of France]]''). The Middle East has the smaller Arab states of the Persian Gulf (particularly Bahrain); Southeast Asia has UsefulNotes/{{Brunei}}. In mainland Asia there's UsefulNotes/{{Bhutan}}. Africa has two, both closely connected to the nation of South Africa: UsefulNotes/{{Lesotho}}, which is an enclave of South Africa, and Swaziland.
13th Sep '16 7:21:43 PM WillKeaton
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* Various countries the world over resemble this trope: Europe has UsefulNotes/{{Monaco}}, UsefulNotes/{{Liechtenstein}}, UsefulNotes/{{Luxembourg}}, and UsefulNotes/VaticanCity[[note]]The pope, as head of state, is indeed a monarch. Also, the Vatican is of course ''super'' micro, given that it is not only small but entirely surrounded by one ''city''--Rome.[[/note]], (Andorra is a weird case, as its co-princes are the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diocese_of_Urgell bishop of Urgell]] and ...''[[UsefulNotes/ThePresidentsOfFrance the president of France]]''); the Middle East has the smaller Arab states of the Persian Gulf (particularly Bahrain); Southeast Asia has UsefulNotes/{{Brunei}}. In mainland Asia there's UsefulNotes/{{Bhutan}}.

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* Various countries the world over resemble this trope: Europe has UsefulNotes/{{Monaco}}, UsefulNotes/{{Liechtenstein}}, UsefulNotes/{{Luxembourg}}, and UsefulNotes/VaticanCity[[note]]The UsefulNotes/VaticanCity.[[note]]The pope, as head of state, is indeed a monarch. Also, the Vatican is of course ''super'' micro, given that it is not only small but entirely surrounded by one ''city''--Rome.[[/note]], [[/note]] (Andorra is a weird case, as its co-princes are the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diocese_of_Urgell bishop of Urgell]] and ...''[[UsefulNotes/ThePresidentsOfFrance the president of France]]''); the France]]''). The Middle East has the smaller Arab states of the Persian Gulf (particularly Bahrain); Southeast Asia has UsefulNotes/{{Brunei}}. In mainland Asia there's UsefulNotes/{{Bhutan}}.
31st Jul '16 12:32:53 PM nombretomado
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* Several countries in the MarvelUniverse, notably Latveria, Symkaria and Madripoor.
* DCComics has Markovia.

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* Several countries in the MarvelUniverse, Franchise/MarvelUniverse, notably Latveria, Symkaria and Madripoor.
* DCComics Creator/DCComics has Markovia.
19th Jun '16 2:57:50 PM Jhonny
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* Many real-life micronations - tiny not-quite-countries, many of which have tried to gain independence from their parent countries, some even succeeding.

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* Many real-life micronations - tiny not-quite-countries, many of which have tried to gain independence from their parent countries, some even succeeding."succeeding" - if you count police or military not immediately intervening or their stamps being accidentally accepted, that is.
11th Apr '16 5:39:00 PM Adept
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* The setting of ''[[RankinBassJackFrost Jack Frost]]'' and ''SantaClausIsCominToTown''.

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* The setting of ''[[RankinBassJackFrost ''[[WesternAnimation/RankinBassJackFrost Jack Frost]]'' and ''SantaClausIsCominToTown''.''WesternAnimation/SantaClausIsCominToTown''.
27th Feb '16 3:49:16 PM Theriocephalus
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* The Castle in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap''.

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* The Castle in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap''. It's a fairly small city state, except without as much external territory as city states usually have.
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