New Micronation Established in Africa

WWN - A new micronation was founded according to The Week.  "Last winter, Jeremiah Heaton's 6 year-old daughter, Emily, asked if she could be a princess.  Not wanting to let her down, the enterprising dad began scouring the globe for terra nullius, land unclained by any nation.  A few months later, Heaston planted a home-styled flag in an empty stretch of African desert between Egypt and Sudan, declaring it the Kingdom of North Sudan, with Emily as its princess.  Heaton's now seeking official recognition from neighboring counties and the U.N.  "I wanted to show my kids that I will literally go to the ends of the earth to make their wishes and dreams come true" said Heaton.

 

Ileana Najarro, of The Washington Post reported that Sheila Carapico, professor of political science and international studies at the University of Richmond, told the Bristol Herald Courier last week that Heaton would need legal recognition from neighboring countries, the United Nations or other groups to have actual political control of the land.

 

Heaton, who ran for Congress out of Virginia's 9th District in 2012 and lost, plans to reach out to the African Union for assistance in formally establishing the Kingdom of North Sudan and said that he is confident they will welcome him. Representatives from the Egyptian and Sudanese embassies in Washington did not respond to requests for comment Saturday by Najarro.