Grand Duchy of the Lagoan Isles

The Grand Duchy of the Lagoan Isles is a micronation based in the United Kingdom. It was created in 2005[1] by school teacher Louis Robert Harold Stephens ("Grand Duke Louis", born 1985) as a class project, and claims as its territory Baffins Pond, in Portsmouth, along with the three tiny islands located within the pond. However, the Grand Duchy does not have a physical presence in, or exercise any authority over the area, and its operations are largely limited to the internet.[2]

Grand Duchy of the Lagoan Isles

Flag of Lagoan Isles
Flag
Coat of Arms of Lagoan Isles
Coat of Arms
Motto: As ondas do amor cercam-nos
The water of love surrounds us
Anthem: God Save Our Islands Three
StatusCurrent
Official languagesEnglish
Demonym(s)Lagoan(s)
Organizational structureConstitutional monarchy
• Grand Duke
Louis Robert Harold Stephens
Establishment
• Declared
August 16, 2005
Area claimed
• Total
0.043 km2 (0.017 sq mi)
Membership30 (2006)
Purported currencyLagoan EdneyDollar (€D)
Time zoneGMT

HistoryEdit

Records of Baffins Farm (including the pond) date back to 1194. Since then it has changed hands several times. In the 19th century it was used by local farmers, and in 1912 it became a public park. In 1938 it was saved from demolition, and sold to the City of Portsmouth. Stephens established the Grand Duchy's putative claim to the pond islands on August 16, 2005, after noticing that they were not specifically mentioned in the 1938 land sale contract. He subsequently sent a letter announcing his claim to Portsmouth council, and released a series of banknotes[1] with an ornithological theme.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Hughes, Andy (2012). The Pocket Guide to Scandals of the Aristocracy. Pen & Sword Books. ISBN 9781844687503.
  2. ^ Ryan, John; Dunford, George; Sellars, Simon (2006). Micronations. Lonely Planet. ISBN 1-74104-730-7.

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Grid Reference: SU 6601-63

Coordinates: 50°48′26″N 1°03′23″W / 50.8072°N 1.0564°W / 50.8072; -1.0564