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Welcome to Atlantium

Inside a tiny sliver of Australia that claims self-rule.

Welcome to the Empire of Atlantium, a micronation founded in 1981, when it declared its independence from Australia. It’s located in New South Wales, occupies 0.76 square kilometers, and has more than 3,000 “citizens” (most of whom signed up online).

The short documentary above, Atlantium: The Smallest Country in Australia, from director Craig Rasmus, seeks to demystify the micronation for outsiders.

“The purpose of Atlantium is to give people a vision of how a globalized world could properly function, in which everybody has the possibility of realizing the fullness of their personal potential,” says His Imperial Majesty George III, also known as emperor, first among equals, and founder. George III explains his motivation for founding Atlantium by saying that if you don’t like the way the world is, you should change it. In his case, that meant creating a country.