On February 4, 2023, we hosted a Seasteading Social about Micronations in our Discord channel with guest speakers were Taz Riot, founder of Freeport, and Jan Spiekermann, co-founder of Ethos Island.
**The speakers represent their own views and not the views of The Seasteading Institute.**
Taz Riot formed Freeport in 2016 and followed international procedure to announce it to the UN. Freeport helped provide humanitarian aid to Sierra Leone during an Ebola virus outbreak, working with NGOs is a way to be recognized as a micronation by the UN.
Jan Spiekermann holds the title of Knight of the Order of the Melting Mountain, Grand Duchy of Flandrensis. Flandrensis is an environmental nonprofit organization that uses micronationalism to raise awareness for climate change and Antarctica.
Micronations have some autonomy but not necessarily sovereignty. They build parallel structures to existing nations. Micronations can have varying recognition from the UN. Microstate or city state is the name for something like a micronation that does have recognition from the UN.
The guests and participants talk about the strategy of forming a micronation for seasteads, Rose Island, and Sealand.
Audio editing by Lyka Sherylle Mae Rambac.