Mission: Possible

People tend to think of countries and borders as immutable things that have been settled long ago. But is that so? Are individuals truly helpless agents in the tide of history and humankind dynamics? The Sovereignty Club aims to promote the understanding of how sovereignty and governance work in the context of global politics - so that you can actually make a difference. We do a bunch of things.

Reading lists

We curate a reading list of cool references you might be interested in. Check it out here! Let us know if you have something to add!

(Semi) Weekly meetings!

We host weekly or semi weekly meetings, usually over tea and cookies!
Or coffee!

Writing things

We like writing things and having good discussions. We also try to get nice speakers and students with interesting stories to tell!

Success(?) stories

Nowadays, starting a country doesn't have to (necessarily) involve a bloody, protracted civil war. Just look at these testimonials from world leaders just like you!

Liberland

In 2014, in an unclaimed patch of land between Serbia and Croating, a savvy Czech politician created The World's Newest Country (maybe). But honestly he seems to be doing everything right and following proper international law, and both Serbia and Croatia said the land is not theirs, so there is an actual chance something interesting will happen.

Principality of Sealand

Back in 1967 an astrute brit occupied an abandonded fortress built in international waters during World War 2 - and it remains in continuous occupation since then, unchallenged in it's claim to be a sovereign state.

South Sudan

In 2011, following a referendum, half of Sudan became a real, independent state, with UN membership an all. However, they are not doing any better than before they broke off from Sudan.

Catalonia

On 27 October 2017, following a referendum, the Government of Catalonia (until then an autonomous province of Spain on the border of france) unilaterally declared independence, and really pissed off the Spanish parliament. It's basically a left wing Brexit that has been brewing for 600 years.

Principality of Hutt River

In 1970 a smart aussie farmer pissed off at teh goverment for enacting wheat production quotas seceded from the Commonwealth of Australia, starting the Principality of Hutt River . On 2 December 1977 the Principality declared war on Australia, notifying authorities of the cessation of hostilities several days later, and wrote to the Governor-General and asserted that "Sovereignty is automatic to a country undefeated in a state of war...and if the state of war is not recognized by the other party, once the notice is given then these conventions apply to their relations." Despite solid legal grounding, friction with the Australian government continues to this day.

Contact

In addition to joining our forum and mailing list, feel free to reach out to Eduardo Beltrame at beltrame@caltech.edu if you have any questions. We can also add you to our group chat if you're interested!
By the way, we have a constitution, if you care.