World map of Nowhereisland citizens, January 2012
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.