Pack Your Bags, We’re Going… Nowhere
When you look at a globe, map, or the stamps in your passport, what are you really looking at?
Those who have studied history, geography, and politics know that borders have changed enormously over time, and that international borders remain under dispute to this day. Though many nations have existed to some extent—whether through its peoples, government, or main territory—for hundreds of years, the world’s youngest country of South Sudan just gained its independence and recognition in 2011, and more nations fight for their independence all the time.
Unfortunately for many, we’ve divided the globe with political and geographical borders in mind instead of looking to the people that constitute a nation, and this has led to numerous cultural, civil, and legal battles and even various wars over the course of history.
British geographer Nick Middleton set out an adventure that took him to various countries that aren’t yet recognized by the United Nations or at an international level but that nonetheless enjoy varying degrees of independence, from their own language and flags all the way to having their own government.
These are just a few of the world’s countries that don’t technically, legally exist…
These are some of the world’s most unique destinations…
Though a self-declared state, Somaliland is officially recognized as an autonomous region of Somalia. With some 4 million citizens and its own government that has existed since 1991, Somaliland remains unrecognized by any other country or international organization.
Considered a country within a city, Christiania is an experimental commune of sorts founded on old military barracks in Copenhagen back in 1971. Known for its art scene and drug culture, Christiania is an anarchist community that enjoys special legal privileges from the Danish government, although in recent years residents have been forced to pay taxes that go against the neighborhood’s policies and beliefs.