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How can I declare independence from the United States and start my own micro nation?

You are courting seduction by the sovereign citizen doctrine. This is a crackpot legal theory that will get you nowhere. Run away as fast as you can. See, for example, Can a natural US person hold ...
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How can I declare independence from the United States and start my own micro nation?

Unfortunately for you, as long as you remain physically inside the borders of the United States you will be subject to the jurisdiction of the laws of the United States and whatever other state, ...
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How can I declare independence from the United States and start my own micro nation?

You can't. This was decided definitively by the American Civil War - if a state can't leave, you certainly can't. There is no provision in the US constitution that allows for any part f the nation to ...
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How can I declare independence from the United States and start my own micro nation?

You simply claim whatever you want. Getting other sovereigns to acknowledge your legitimacy is a more difficult problem. The solution is typically to gather followers, amass armies and enforce your ...
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What are "freemen of the land" or "sovereign citizen" theories and do they hold any water?

My research has turned up no instances of anyone successfully advocating these ideas in court. These are crackpot pseudo-legal theories that have no legal validity whatsoever. And are also a bit ...
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Can a government be bought?

The closest historical precedent is that the Congo Free State, more or less coterminous with the contemporary country with the same name, which was the personal property of Leopold II of Belgium, as ...
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Can a government be bought?

What is a country and who that country’s government is is a matter of international consensus For example, China is a country recognised by most of the countries in the world. For most of them, the ...
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How can I declare independence from the United States and start my own micro nation?

You could have a chat with 'Prince' Michael Bates of the Principality of Sealand. In September 1967 his father, 'Prince' Roy Bates, did something similar to what you appear to have in mind. In ...
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How can I declare independence from the United States and start my own micro nation?

Leave the USA If you want sovereignity over a piece of land, then you would need to figure out how to handle anyone else who claims sovereignity over it. The government of USA is currently claiming ...
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When in court, how do you determine when to push the rules aside and make up your own?

It is true that in the US, valid Federal law supersedes state law or regulation when there is a conflict. Precisely because of this, state laws and regulations are normally carefully written to avoid ...
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Is there any country which would allow one of its territories to declare sovereignty on its own?

Canada Short version: In the mid-'90s, a Supreme Court decision and an Act of Parliament clarified the legal process under which a province could secede from Canada. While unilateral secession need ...
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How can I declare independence from the United States and start my own micro nation?

While I wholeheartedly agree with others who have said "you can't", and it is practically true, and the "All Caps" thing is definately BS, you can, theoretically start your own Micro-nation. The ...
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What are UK laws on the formation of micro-nations?

Claiming to be independent is probably not a crime: the family that say they have set up the Principality of Sealand have never been prosecuted (though that may have something to do with the ...
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Claiming my own country

International law is a tricky subject, because technically, the world is in anarchy, not all countries agree on everything (which is the number one reason countries exist). If there's one thing I ...
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Claiming my own country

Technically you could stake such a claim in accordance with general principles of public international law, but every country has discretion about whether to recognize you as a sovereign state. ...
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How can I declare independence from the United States and start my own micro nation?

Not only will you need to find unclaimed land (unless you want to wage war); you may also have trouble renouncing your US citizenship. I was sure that the government can refuse to let you go until you ...
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Was the Dec. 2018 arrest of Huawei's CFO in Canada legal?

The Star Vancouver has a good article outlining the actual charges. Meng is not charged with "violating an embargo" but with defrauding U.S. financial institutions. It may be easier to report that the ...
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Liability in Loudoun county rapes

I'll start with a list of issues presented and also note at the outset that the question correctly notes that both the school district (which is an entity distinct from the county), and the ...
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Can a government be bought?

There are various ways to look at this, but they all boil down to "technically, yes": From a domestic law point of view, the country's Constitution, written or unwritten, will likely have ...
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Is the government of China immune from lawsuits by states and individuals in the US?

The Iran lawsuit depended on a statute directed against Iran, not applicable to the Chinese government. The Alien Tort Claims Act, which gives US federal courts original jurisdiction for torts "...
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What are UK laws on the formation of micro-nations?

If someone were to claim land they owned in the UK as an independent nation, and therefore refused to pay taxes or comply with building regulations, what laws would be broken and what legal action ...
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What can person A not authorize person B to do which A can do on their own?

Legal Representation: You have the right to represent yourself in a legal proceeding, but you cannot assign that right to anyone that you choose, only to certain approved individuals. Vote: You can ...
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What are UK laws on the formation of micro-nations?

There is no law which allows a person to seced from the UK and declare themselves an independent nation, even if they own some piece of land. Assuming that the person has the military might to enforce ...
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The difference between a self-governing colony and a dominion

I'll be referencing the "Minutes of proceedings of the Colonial Conference, 1907" throughout (600+ pg. PDF). The page numbers refer to the ones printed on the page instead of any software page number. ...
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What are UK laws on the formation of micro-nations?

If someone were to claim land they owned in the UK as an independent nation, and therefore refused to pay taxes or comply with building regulations, what laws would be broken and what legal action ...
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What happens if two EEZs overlap?

As pointed out in a comment, exclusive zones cannot overlap by definition, given the meaning of "exclusive." Your question is answered in the Wikipedia article you link to: Generally, a ...
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How can I declare independence from the United States and start my own micro nation?

You can try, but prepare to face the consequences. The "only" thing you need is to be acknowledged by other countries. Having the support of at least one of superpowers, territory and population is ...
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Are Native American tribes considered part of the United States?

tl;dr Yes, the federal government considers Native peoples to be part of the U.S., accords them citizenship, and extends a special type of self-governing authority to the nations. Background The ...
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