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What is the Fifth World?

Examples of First World nations are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Examples of Second World nations are Albania, Burma, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

Examples of Third World nations are Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Laos, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

These are the nation-states we study in our school geography classes. Most of these entities are sovereign states, but at least three dozen are considered quasi-states (failed or collapsed states). This is the Official World. These are the Powers That Be.

Then there are old and new nations, with small-, medium-, or large-sized territories (they are not necessarily 'macro' in size), that have yet to become fully recognised states such as the Republic of Kabinda. The most evolved of these are de facto states, but all of these nations are secessionist by nature. These are Fourth World nations.

Fifth World nations look a lot like Internet micronations superficially, but are usually older, more resilient, and have complex cultures. These nations are not secessionist by nature, as they either claim their own backyards or gardens (private property), have primarily irredentist claims, or have no territorial claims (virtual nations). This is the most basic form of authentic nationhood. An example of a Fifth World nation is the Kingdom of Redonda. Something "Fifth Worldish" is something larger than a family, yet smaller and more culturally specific than "humanity".

The words "Fifth Worlder" and "Indigo" can be compared to the words "Asian" and "Oriental" respectively. "Fifth Worlder" is a special geography term, one that is more Web-based than Earth-based, while "Indigo" is a special racial term, one that is a phenotype, not a genotype. The Fifth World is as ethnic as the Fourth World, and as virtual as the Sixth World.

The true Fourth (secessionist), Fifth (mature) and Sixth (young) Worlds are the anti-Powers That Be.

A Short History of the Fifth World

The first Fifth World-like nation came to life in November 1968, and its name is the Principality of Sealand. An English court back then declared itself outside the jurisdiction of Sealand, and this action made the Principality of Sealand the first Fifth World nation/micronation to gain some de facto recognition.

In reality, however, the Principality of Sealand's political stance is too lukewarm for it to be a Fifth World nation. Nations who are actually part of the Fourth, Fifth, or Sixth Worlds (non-UN Worlds), aka the "Sixth Part of the World", or the political Fifth World, must logically be the anti-Powers That Be.

In April 1982 the world's first self-declared Fifth World country was born, the Conch Republic. The Conch Republic was born in response to a United States border blockade of the Florida Keys. Since the US government insisted on treating the Keys like a foreign country, Key West Mayor Dennis Wardlow seceded from the Union, declared war, surrendered, and demanded foreign aid.

In reality, however, the Conch Republic is not a Fifth World country as it claims to be, for the political Fifth World cannot logically contain only a single monopolising nation, and real Fifth World nations must be the natural opposition party to the Powers That Be, to UN member states, or to the ICANN.

In July 2008 the first micronation with an international legal (de jure) status came into being, the United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA), which is recognised and incorporated into the International [States] Parliament for Safety and Peace (I[S]PSP), an intergovernmental organisation of states. The UMMOA was later recognised by other IGOs and NGOs, including Chamber of Computer Logistics People Worldwide (CCLP Worldwide), which has Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

In August 2010 the Fifth World Community (5WC) came into being, an inhabited locality distributed across several continents, and the world's first diaxenospitia. A diaxenospitia is an inhabited locality, but it is distributed not across a single geographic area, archipelago, or conurbation, but across several continents. It is "a collection of houses or buildings scattered around the world, and treated like a distributed town or city." Before diaxenospitias, territorial micronations had no logical way to grow and expand their influence except by aping cities and how they developed.

In December 2010 a "Declaration in lieu of Certification of Citizenship", valid under Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Montevideo Convention, Italian law, and UMMOA law, is received via Express Mail International by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano.

In November 2011 Lo Gal  is started, the world's first Fifth World culture centre [article].

In February 2012 a new word came to life, one which describes the Fifth World well: dinsystem.

Observations about the Fifth World

There is no such thing as a "greater micronational community". In reality that term is a euphemism for all the micronations that never were, and never will be. Basically it is a euphemism for singular egos on stilts.

Part of the problem with micronationalism is certainly a lack of seriousness and professionalism in many micronations. However, the greatest problem is that micronationalists remind me of those Independent Catholic Bishops who are often called episcopi vagantes ("wandering bishops"). In order to succeed in any significant way, however, many micronations, perhaps even dozens of them, would have to become like episcopi collegiales ("collegial bishops"), and there just isn't that kind of sentiment. The only real micronational community that exists is that of Fifth or Sixth World nations, or the political Fifth World, the anti-Powers That Be.

The anti-Powers That Be are not weak at all. The Intermicronational World (IW) site shows that not only there are impressive intermicronational organisations out there, but one in particular is even recognised by several IGOs and NGOs.

There are micronational "social organisations", and IW only mentiones the ones where people and their opinions are treated with civility and decorum. But there are also micronational professional organisations, health organisations, treaty organisations, accreditation organisations, academic organisations, and 'Fifth World' organisations (organisations of mature or strong micronations).

Don't assume, therefore, that a real micronation, which is ultimately a real community of people, is a weak thing, and politically little more than an imaginary or aspirational state. There are a few micronations out there that are quite substantial as human communities and political entities, and just because the Wikipedia doesn't see micronational sovereignty being exercised, doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

Micronations exercise soft power, not hard power. Soft power is less overt than the hard, and often tyrannical power that states exercise, but it nonetheless exists, and should be meaningful and respected in a world where true democracy is still valued.

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