Their Majesty King Håkon of Zealandia
Why am I a micronationalist? and what on earth made me to decide to one day form my own little country?
Those two questions, are what I have been thinking about lately and I have come to the conclusion of why am I am a micronationalist.
There is something very much flawed with many of the current systems in the world, Australia is no exception, things have gone awry and made the whole system a bit daft, micronationalism for me is the chance to not only engage in my love of politics, culture and diplomacy but also to try and create a better system and a tiny little community.
In this task I have learnt quite a lot on various topics including constitutional law, diplomacy and people skills, these I feel also have their uses outside of micronationalism.
I will admit that no I am not very good at this democracy thing, there have been occasions where I have erm tweaked the electoral system a bit, I think going through the banana-kingdom stage of micronational development has proved to be an important learning curve.
It was thanks to micronationalism that I discovered my love of language and international relations, which has led me to what I now study at university.
One thing that people often ask is why did I choose a monarchy? to be honest, monarchy seemed the easiest choice of government to implement for someone who had no idea what they where doing, which was certainly me. Some will note that I am involved with the Australian Republican Movement on campus, and yes it is true that I would like to see Australia, have its own fully fledged resident head of state, but as to the general idea of monarchy? I am rather more relaxed towards it, sure I like a bit of pomp and ceremony and what have you, but I am no fan of the born to rule idea, nor the massive amounts of wealth displayed by most monarchs or indeed the idea that they by birth are some how better than everyone else. The Zealandian monarchy is not at all like that, it shuns the ways of traditional monarchies and does not see itself as better than than other Zealandians.
Personally I see micronationalism as part political statement, part experiment, part cultural endeavour, part art and part performance and of course very enjoyable.