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Copyright (c) 2008 Regents of the University of California
UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal

ARTICLE: THE MEN WHO WOULD BE KING: FORGOTTEN CHALLENGES TO U.S. SOVEREIGNTY

Fall, 2008

UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal

26 UCLA PAC. BASIN L.J. 1

Author

Adam Clanton*

Excerpt



I. INTRODUCTION
 
If you wanted to start your own country, would you know where to begin? Is it better to secede from the country in which you live, to get on a boat and set sail for land as yet unclaimed, or to conquer what someone else regards as their country? This article is dedicated to the curiosity of the "micronation" - experiments in creating small nation-states in which individuals or small groups defy the traditional international community by declaring their own sovereignty. More specifically, this article examines micronation experiments that have occurred within the presently recognized borders of the United States. For example, in 1968, civil rights activists formed an independent "nation" consisting of the area that included the States of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and South Carolina, declaring it the "Republic of New Afrika." Likewise, in 1962, two groups attempted to form the twin micronations of "Atlantis, Isle of Gold," and the "Grand Capri Republic" on coral reefs ten miles off of the coast of Miami.

This article attempts to shed light on America's geographical oddities, such as its claims over the remote Pacific outpost of Palmyra Island, and the former independent nations of the "Republic of Hawaii" and the "Republic of Texas," but at the same time attempts a serious look at how the Supreme Court and other federal courts have justified the valid acquisition of sovereign territory. In so doing, this article examines four ways in ...
 
 
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