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World map of Nowhereisland citizens, January 2012

World map of Nowhereisland citizens, January 2012

By January 2012, over 4500 people from 82 countries across the world had signed up to be citizens of Nowhereisland. Citizens voted to be called Nowherians in September 2011. Every Nowherian is also a citizen of another nation state, if not multiple nation states. Citizenship of this new nation offers the opportunity to become part of a growing community of individuals who will shape the values and principles of our new nation. Find out more about becoming a citizen of Nowhereisland.

Futurist Thomas Frey has written about the emergence of new micronations with no indigenous populations on previously unclaimed islands. “Open enrolment citizenship may emerge," he suggests. "The concept of creating a virtual citizenry, where citizens do not have to reside in the country they are affiliated with, gains popularity. Open enrolment will cause many new laws to be created to sort out responsibilities between countries and their people.”

In the first days of Nowhereisland, the expedition team debated how to declare the nation and then set about debating how to create a constitution which honours the Nowhereisland Declaration's promise to create a unique constitution which is 'cumulative and consensual, open to all citizens and subject to change'. Find out more about Nowhereisland's constitution here.


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Nowhereisland is a Situations project led by artist Alex Hartley, one of 12 Artist Taking the Lead projects for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad funded by Arts Council England. We also gratefully acknowledge the support of the University of the West of England, Bristol; Bloomberg; Nicky Wilson Jupiter Artland; the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Royal Norwegian Embassy and Yellowbrick Tracking.

Identity designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Wolfram Wiedner, website by Wolfram Wiedner.