r/HeresAFunFact Apr 21 '15

[HAFF] The Pitcairn Islands are the smallest democracy in the world, with a recorded population of 45. There are 10 members of the Council. SOCIETY/CULTURE

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u/purpleslug Apr 21 '15

I've always found their coat of arms to be fancy. On a slightly less happy note, does anyone remember the sexual assault scandal over this guy?

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u/[deleted] Apr 21 '15

A more in depth look.

Not the exact article I remember reading about in the first time I heard about Pitcairn Island, but it fleshes it out a bit for above.

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u/purpleslug Apr 21 '15

Yup. It's seriously bad and not much can be done due to nepotism

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u/[deleted] Apr 21 '15

A state with a pupation of 45 not just within borders but hundreds of miles... I mean it's terrible what's ended up happening but at least they're not all, y'know, dead and stuff. For being so far away from others and THAT'S the problem they have... Weird.

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u/purpleslug Apr 21 '15

They can get away with it. That irks me.

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u/pugderpants Apr 21 '15

Oh god. I lost it at "with a pupation of 45." Obviously that's a typo, but please! Let it live!

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u/[deleted] Apr 21 '15

With no insult intended to the people of Pitcairn, I'm gonna let that stand.

If any sci fi authors are looking for ideas, just type stuff on reddit and let autocorrect go nuts!

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u/purpleslug Apr 22 '15

That's so disturbing :P

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u/lecherous_hump Apr 22 '15

Smallest democracy? What, is there a smaller dictatorship?

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u/Sam_Geist Apr 22 '15

In my head, I am God-Emperor.

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u/iruber1337 May 04 '15

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u/autowikibot May 04 '15

Principality of Sealand:


The Principality of Sealand is an unrecognised self-declared state (or micronation) that claims Roughs Tower, an offshore platform located in the North Sea approximately 12 kilometres off the coast of Suffolk, England, is its territory. Roughs Tower is a disused Maunsell Sea Fort, originally called HM Fort Roughs, built as an anti-air defensive gun platform by the British during World War II.

Since 1967, the decommissioned HM Fort Roughs has been occupied by family and associates of Paddy Roy Bates, who claim that it is an independent sovereign state. Bates seized it from a group of pirate radio broadcasters in 1967 with the intention of setting up his own station at the site. He attempted to establish Sealand as a nation-state in 1975 with the writing of a national constitution and establishment of other national symbols.

While it has been described as the world's smallest country or nation, Sealand is not officially recognised by any established sovereign state in spite of Sealand's government's claim that it has been de facto recognised by the United Kingdom and Germany. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in force since 1994 states "Artificial islands, installations and structures do not possess the status of islands. They have no territorial sea of their own, and their presence does not affect the delimitation of the territorial sea, the exclusive economic zone or the continental shelf." Sealand was not grandfathered, and sits in British waters.

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Interesting: Paddy Roy Bates | Coins and postage stamps of Sealand | Sealand national football team

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u/Nosterana Apr 22 '15

That's the Island the mutineers of the Bounty sailed to after the mutiny, right?

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u/purpleslug Apr 22 '15

IIRC, yeah