The Royal Republic of Ladonia: a micronation built of driftwood, concrete and bytes

Vicente Bicudo de Castro, Ralph Kober

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The Royal Republic of Ladonia, the brainchild of artist Lars Vilks, is a micronation that advocates freedom of expression, supporting art and creativity. This article outlines Ladonia as the physical territory claimed in the Kullaberg peninsula in Sweden and the online community, where the government, nobles, and citizens gather. Ladonia coexists as both a physical territory and as a large and active online community, distinguishing itself from other micronations, which are either active online communities or claim small physical territories. Using Ladonia as the context, this article extends the concept of aislamiento (insularity/islandness) to show how a micronation can have coexisting and interrelated states of aislamiento.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-135
Number of pages21
JournalShima: the international journal of research into island cultures
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Aislamiento
  • Micronationalism
  • Micronations
  • Post-Nation
  • Sweden
  • Third Places

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