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Ladonia: A Micronation Made of Driftwood and Nails

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On July 30, 2009 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,Art,Recycled Materials,Treehouses | No Comments

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Looking for a change of scenery? Consider moving to Ladonia [1], a micronation made up of driftwood, nails, and nine-story wooden [2] “fortresses” located in the southwest corner of Sweden. Designed by Lars Vilks [3], the mock nation consists of two works of art: Nimis [4], a maze of 70 tons of driftwood and nails, and Arx [5], a stone and concrete sculpture that looks like a melting sandcastle.

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Vilks [3] has managed to dodge government interference with the project by selling Nimis to Cristo, another artist, and by declaring Ladonia to be an independent nation in 1996. A fake group funded by the Pirate Bay [6] called the Armed Coalition Forces of the Internets even declared war on the supposed 15,000 inhabitants of Ladonia, all of whom live elsewhere since they are nomads. Ladonia even has a national flag [7] (green with a green cross) and a national anthem called “Ladonia for thee I fling”, written by Walter Ehresman, the country’s Minister of Dubious Anthems.

The satirical nature of the Ladonia project didn’t stop 3,000 Pakistanis from applying for immigrant status [8], only to find out that Ladonia is not, in fact, an inhabitable country.

+ Ladonia [9]

Via Atlas Obscura [10]


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[1] Ladonia: http://www.ladonia.net/

[2] wooden: http://www.inhabitat.com/treehouses/

[3] Lars Vilks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lars_Vilks

[4] Nimis: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/31/ladonia-a-micronation-made-of-driftwood-and-nails/ladonia3/

[5] Arx: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/31/ladonia-a-micronation-made-of-driftwood-and-nails/ladonia5/

[6] funded by the Pirate Bay: http://www.owenkelly.net/180/pirate-bay-sealand-and-ladonia/

[7] national flag: http://www.ladonia.net/docs/maps_flag.html

[8] 3,000 Pakistanis from applying for immigrant status: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladonia_%28micronation%29

[9] + Ladonia: http://www.ladonia.net/index.html

[10] Atlas Obscura: http://atlasobscura.com/places/nimis

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