Micronations making money is a common practice within the micronational community, with a majority understanding that websites must stay online. Other items, such as physical awards and decorations must be purchased, along with highly demanded gift shop items, such as flags, pins, and passport folders.
What is not so common is the selling of citizenship access, entry into militaries, and the public bragging of how much a micronation possesses in money, gold, silver, and other items of value. The question many ask is, “where is the line in the sand that separates a micronation making money from a business pretending to be a micronation?”
Dunland on Twitter recently wrote, “It’s bothersome, in all honesty. I’m sure nobody minds ‘homegrown’ or ‘mom and pop’ money-making by micronations, e.g., selling mementos that pay for a website or whatnot. However, I take issue with businesses or individuals fronting as micronations in order to monetize and cash in.”
I personally feel that if a ‘micronation’ has no intentions of creating a culture, has no set purpose (other than to make money), and no governmental structure, that it is therefore a business and not a micronation.
The whole purpose for most micronationalists creating their nations is to create a culture, set up a government, provide entertainment or tasks for their citizens, create new friendships, and to provide a unique experience for their citizens. If your goal isn’t to provide any of that and just to focus on the money, it makes it difficult to be seen as a micronation.
The Cheskgariyan-Litvanian Commonwealth on Twitter joined in the discussion, stating, “We’ve seen a few and while they’re not a big problem, they seem to misunderstand micronationalism as a monetizable hobby, rather than something to devote oneself more seriously to. I personally think they might give people the wrong impression of what a micronation is all about.”
Other individuals, such as Ethan of the Republic of Sohnland, go as far as feeling like corporations are high jacking micronationalism, as a means of pandering to a demographic they can rip off and sell to.
I created a video in May of 2021, welcoming newcomers into the community. One of the parts in my video talked about this very issue. I certainly hope that the new additions into our community understand why micronations were formed in the first place, and that while it’s important to make money; they should avoid making theirs into a money-making scheme.