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Obsidia, the World's Only Mobile Feminist Nation

Putting the 'micro' in micronation
The flag (left), territory, and founder of Obsidia

The flag (left), territory, and founder of Obsidia

Micronations are small, unrecognized political entities that mostly overlap with the territory of actually existing countries. People are motivated to establish them for various reasons, but they often seem to stem from a desire to create some sort of Libertarian paradise. These projects also tend to be short-lived before failing fantastically. Examples include Operation Atlantis (struck by a hurricane in the Bahamas, the first of several disasters that led to the demise of the project) and the Republic of Minerva, which laid claim to the Minerva Reefs in Polynesia in 1972. This micronation lasted not quite six months, until the territory was seized by the actual (non micro-) nation of Tonga. Liberland was established in 2015 on the west bank of the Danube River, in an area claimed by both Croatia and Serbia. It remains to be seen precisely how this project will crash and burn.

Also founded in 2015 is Obsidia, which bills itself as "a tiny, Matriarchal, Micro-nation located at the confluence of feminism and geography." The territory itself is a broken, two-pound piece of obsidian rock stored in its official powder blue briefcase, usually situated in the home of the micronation's founder, Grand Marshal Karo Yagjian. A recent Huck magazine profile of Obsidia places it in the larger context of community-building, an essential task if the United States is falling apart (or even, if it only seems like it is falling apart).

Karo believes that by creating a community where people can imagine and talk about different ways of coming together, Obsidia can be a force for change. “I can say that through this project, I have most definitely prioritised my relationships with the women and queer people in my life and strengthened my own resolve,” she says.

“There’s a popular anarchist saying that ‘Another world is possible’ and I think Obsidia really takes that to heart,” Alecia adds. “Obviously we aren’t taking over the world, but creating community, putting out new ideas, pushing for alternatives to the status quo, I think that is what we’re about.”

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Obsidia has its own anthem, flag, embassies in Berlin and Honk Kong, and it just might be able to teach us a thing or two about surviving and thriving in an otherwise failed state.

SOURCE: Ambulatory Free State of Obsidia
VIA: Huck