These people did. French photographer Léo Delafontaine tells MC about his project shooting micronations around the world
MC: How did you embark on the project?
I always liked small places with an improbable history. At the beginning I discovered the Principality
of Sealand, just off the UK coast. After some research, I found out that Sealand was not an isolated phenomenon – and that I could make a world micronation tour.
MC: What’s the most interesting thing you discovered?
I had the best time in Elleore, an island off the coast of Denmark. The people are serious about their micronation and traditions; there are history classes for kids and a national sport. There’s no formal process to create a micronation: be enough.
MC: What did you take away from the experience?
A lot of fun, some incredible talks and debates with emperors and kings on what it’s like to run a country, and the feeling to have travelled in a parallel world.
LEFT Frederikke Rose Holm, Julie Holstein, Nanna Gilsgaard and
Christine Barnett, the butter ies of the kingdom of Elleore
RIGHT Atlantium’s Emperor George II
FROM LEFT Jan, Maria and Marius have lived in Christiania since 2007; the consul Pascalux de la Boirie; the post o ce of Molossia