Micronations/List of already existing micronations/Grand Duchy of Westarctica

Westarctica (officially the Grand Duchy of Westarctica, formerly known as the Protectorate of Westarctica[1]) is a micronation founded in 2001 by Travis McHenry.[2] It claims the territory known as Marie Byrd Land, located between the New Zealand Antarctic Territory and the Chilean one, specifically the portion of Antarctica located between 90 degrees and 150 degrees west longitude and south of the 60th parallel. It includes 620,000 square miles of land, but though it claims over 2,000 citizens, none of them reside within the claimed territory.[3]

The flag of Westarctica

In 2018 the government of Westarctica established an honorary consul in Nerja, Spain.[4]


  1. Bahareth, Mohammad (December 2011). Micronations: For Those Who Are Tired of Existing Incompetent Governments and Are Longing for Something New and Refreshing. iUniverse. ISBN 9781462069262.
  2. Milan Aleck (2 February 2018). "Molossia, Westarctica und Co.: Kennen Sie diese Mikronationen?". Web.de (in German).
  3. Justin Streight (11 April 2015). "Micronations Summit In California: Biggest Names From Tiniest Nations". Inquisitr. https://www.inquisitr.com/2001850/micronations-summit-in-california-biggest-names-from-tiniest-nations/. 
  4. Eugenio Cabezas (1 November 2018). "Westarctica abre una embajada en Nerja". Sur (in Spanish).