One of the problems you encounter when you try to establish a nation is trying to find citizens. Most people in America either feel an affinity for the land of their ancestors, if their ancestry just happens to come from only one or two countries, or they feel an affinity for the United States. They usually never choose a third or fourth alternative.
I guess it is a little like when you vote: instead of voting for the best candidate in America, you are ultimately forced to choose between the lesser of two evils. You either choose this guy, or that guy. Most people never choose the promising third or the odd candidate. Most people never rebel, and new nations are all about third ways, are all about rebellion towards the status quo.
However, it is also a problem trying to gain recognition for a new nation. You cannot seek recognition from just any micronation, since most have lifespans little greater than fruit flies, and yet when you seek recognition from other nations that are a little more resilient and robust, everyone is a snob.
The UN countries cannot be bothered, unless they are particularly poor, and there is something in it for them. Yet that won’t necessarily get you anywhere either. Taiwan is recognised by 23 countries, and it still doesn’t have a seat on the UN!
Non-UN countries won’t even answer to your email, and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) will probably ignore you too.
However, even older micronations, in truth, will refuse to grant you recognition. They may wish you well, if they even do bother to respond to your email, but don’t expect much more. Everybody involved in micronations ultimately wants to change the world, but they are about as likely to change the world as much as they can change themselves.
Under circumstances like these, you are left with trying to find support of intermicronational organisations, yet most of these also have a similar problem to the one of young micronations without potential. I was forced to build strong international organisations because of these limitations, but as the wise man from Nazareth once said, man cannot live on bread alone, and nations cannot live on recognition from their own international organisations alone, even when these organisations are strong and relatively prestigious.
After some effort, fortuitous circumstances which brought more attention, and a great deal of persuading, on 4 April 2008 I managed to gain recognition for Independent Long Island (ILI) from the Middlebury Institute. Now ILI is a member of the Micronational Professional Registry (MPR), a member and founder of the Commonwealth Nations Research Society (CNRS), as well as a member of the Middlebury Institute’s Registry of North American Separatist Organizations. It is pretty impressive for a nation born only back on 20 August 2007, yet I went through hell just to get this far.
After gaining both Micronational Professional Registry (MPR), and Corporations Independent Long Island (CILI) national recognition for the United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA), on 15 April 2008 I was also pleased to gain Commonwealth Nations Research Society (CNRS) membership for UMMOA as well!
It was not easy. When I tried to gain support through signatures, only a few people helped in this, and perhaps it wouldn’t have been sufficient even with the support of many people. I finally managed to gain membership for UMMOA only after I conclusively proved that if UMMOA were a country, it would actually qualify for Commonwealth of Nations membership.
If you think that was easy, let me just say that I had to make another quantum leap in the field of Cesidian law back in November 2007. Then I had to develop those new legal concepts even further, providing evidence that both ILI and UMMOA were jus cerebri humani jurisdictions, and of two different kinds, probably the only two kinds that are actually possible. This showed just how legitimate even the UMMOA project is. Then I had to prove that UMMOA could gain Commonwealth membership, and for that I had to show evidence of cultural and historical affinity.
No, it was not easy at all, but I’m very happy for this additional development. Hopefully UMMOA’s future proves to be as promising as its blazing first three months have been.