National Geographic : 2016 Apr
PHOTOS: LÉO DELAFONTAINE (A, B, C, D); REPUBLIC OF MOLOSSIA (CURRENCY); EMPIRE OF ATLANTIUM (STAMPS) A. ELLEORE For one festive week a year, 271 Elleorians flock to their island kingdom. It was founded in 1944 by a group of school- teachers now known as the “Immortals.” D A C E C B. SAUGEAIS According to lore, this republic struck out from France in 1947 when a restau- rateur jokingly asked a local official to show his entry permit before dining. C. MOLOSSIA President Kevin Baugh’s War Depart- ment scrapped plans for an army and air force but does have a five-raft navy that “stands ready”—in the Nevada desert. D. SEBORGA Residents of this medieval principality believe independence was granted in A.D . 954. Italy isn’t con- vinced, but Seborga operates consulates in 19 countries. E. ATLANTIUM None of its 3,000 citizens actually re- side in the 200-acre Australian realm, but Emperor George II rents out the whole thing—pyramid in- cluded—on Airbnb.