How to Start Your Own Country in Four Easy Steps


Like a worn out car has the time come to get a new country or try to repair the current one?  I wonder if I can do this in three.

Step 1: Make sure you are eligible

As tempting as it might be to declare your cubicle a sovereign state, customary international law actually does specify minimum standards for statehood.

Step 2: Declare independence

Congratulations on joining the ranks of Transnistria, Somaliland, and a host of other countries that won’t be marching at the Olympics anytime soon. Just because you’ve met the qualifications and declared yourself independent doesn’t mean that you’re going to be taken seriously. Even the Principality of Sealand located on a 10,000-square-foot platform in the North Sea has tried with mixed success to claim sovereignty under these qualifications.

Step 3: Get recognized

There’s not much point in having your own country unless other countries acknowledge your existence.

Step 4: Join the club

Since its founding in 1945, membership in the United Nations has become the gold standard of international legitimacy. When you are admitted to the U.N, that’s a form of approval, Talmon says. It’s like a stamp [that says] you are now a full member of the international community.

You can mail your application to:

Ban Ki-moon Secretary-General
The United Nations
|First Ave. at 46th St.
New York, NY 10017

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