Micronations/Starting your own micronation
This is a tutorial on how to start your own micronation.
Flag & Coat of ArmsEdit
Political and legal decisionsEdit
The third requirement for states is to have a government, to be recognized by other states, as well as making a constitution defining and/or describing their government structure and function.
A micronation must establish sovereignty and make the name of that micronation known to other states. To make their sovereignty official, they draft a declaration proclaiming how and why they created a sovereign state including legal reasons, why their sovereignty is valid, and send it out to surrounding states. Some ways you can do this is by public events to represent and advertise your micronation. Plant your flags on public land such as parks and even your own lawn, attend a parade bearing your flag, and get the word out there. Remember, you need a website for a nation, but your website should not BE your nation. Just as any other archive works, you need a balance between real life and the website. If your website becomes too much of your micronation, you may not be recognized as a real micronation by other, more serious micronations, who may refuse to form alliances or even respond to your emails.
Defending territory against outside forces (pirates, for example) is a tough problem to overcome. If you have made treaties with other, more powerful nations, that require them to aid you if you so ask of them, this may be of great benefit in terms of defense. However, in the case of a small man-made island, the outcome of an attack against the island depends greatly on whether the other nation's forces arrive to aid you in time or not.
A state may happen to have the resources to build its own defense force. A state may set up signs around their island to warn outsiders of their existence and their right to defend themselves. Creating a defense force requires tactical and strategic placement of military resources. Most micronations don't have the money or ability to own and/or maintain large scale military firearms and thus they must rely on more basic methods. Concrete road barriers and entrenched infantry positions are useful for defending against relatively short-range attacks from the sea, however, this does require an island with enough room to store ammunition and hold up to recoil, as well as some way to repair or evacuate the island in the case of an emergency. However, even if a state has the firepower, the state must allocate substantial human resources to defend its territory which in the context of a micronation is somewhat difficult.
Planting mines *may* be against international law; a state must declare that it has mined an area, but how specific it is in declaring it is completely up to them.