The world consist of 200 countries and you must have heard of each of them, but there are some really small ones that we never knew existed. They occupy a small area and some of them are inhabited by just a few families.
Take a look:
The Republic of Palau is an island country which consists of more than 300 islands of different sizes. Palau is one of the most astonishing places on Earth: its rain forests are full of unique plants and birds, and its territorial waters are inhabited by 130 endangered species of shark. But the best sight in the country is the lake, with over 2 million jellyfish in it. But don’t worry: over time they’ve completely lost their ability to sting.
Niue is a tiny island state in Oceania. But, tourism is not popular there. So, the country depends greatly on foreign aid, especially from New Zealand. The capital city is just a small village with a population of fewer than 600 people. But the island has its own airport and a real supermarket.
#3. Saint Kitts and Nevis
The state consists of two islands: Saint Kitts and Nevis. One of the main sources of income is the economic citizenship program that allows anyone who has at least $250,000 to invest in the local sugar industry and thus obtain the status of a citizen of St. Kitts. And another way is purchase a property which is not lesser than $400,000.
#4. The Principality of Hutt River
The Principality of Hutt River is a micronation located in the province of the same name in Australia. It was founded by Leonard Casley, who declared his farm to be a new and independent state. It has its own currency, stamps, and passports. In different parts of the principality, tourists can see the busts of His Royal Highness Prince Leonard I of Hutt.
The economic situation of the tiny state could be even more disastrous if Tuvalu hadn’t been given the Internet domain .tv, which brings millions of dollars to the country’s budget each year.
Nauru is the smallest independent republic and the smallest island state on our planet. Nauru has neither an official capital nor public transportation system, and 25 miles of its roads are used by locals driving their private vehicles.
#7. The Principality of Seborga
This micronation on the territory of Italy is ruled by His Tremendousness Marcello I. The Principality of Seborga is actually a village of the same name near the French border. It’s army consists of 3 people.
#8. The Republic of Molossia
The self-proclaimed Republic of Molossia is a micronation founded by Kevin Baugh, located in Nevada, USA. Its population consists of Mr. Baugh himself, his family, 3 dogs, 1 cat, and 1 rabbit.
Molossia has its own national anthem, national emblem, and national flag. They even have the death penalty for particularly serious crimes.
#9. Sovereign Military Order of Malta
Its area is 0.012 sq. km., and it occupies three buildings, two of which are located in Rome and the third one on the island of Malta. The country has its own currency, stamps, website, car numbers, and passports. Its citizens have the right to visa-free entry to several countries .
#10. The Principality of Sealand
The unrecognized state of Sealand is a sea platform located 6 miles away from the coast of Great Britain. Sealand is governed by a self-proclaimed Prince Regent, and anyone can become a count, baron, or even a duke.