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How to Create a Country

How to Create a Country

There’s no one definition to what makes
something a country. What decides if a country is a country essentially is whether or not
other countries agree that the country is indeed a country. For this reason, counts
of the number of countries in the world range from 189-196. Each country decides which other
countries they recognize. If 100 UN member states suddenly recognized your basement as
it’s own country then it generally would be accepted that your basement is it’s own
country. There are, however, a number of steps that any prospective country founder needs
to take if they want to have any shot at gaining international recognition. Make a Claim
The first thing any one needs to begin creating a country is a piece of land. One way to get
it is to steal it. Of course, this involves having enough guns to defend your territory.
This would also be problematic for when your country gets to the stage where it’s legitimacy
is reviewed by other nations, but this method has worked before. The easier method is to
claim unclaimed land. However, with the advent of satellite imaging and modern cartography
there really are no islands or large pieces of territory that are not known. Despite this,
there is a small number of places not governed or claimed by any recognized government. One
of the better known recent claims happened in an area unclaimed by both Croatia and Serbia
along the Danube river, the border between the two countries. This micronation, known
as Liberland, has not received any international recognition and has been denounced by a number
of nations, but it still affirms it’s legitimacy based off the lack of previous claim to it’s
land. Its land is actually 17 times larger than the land of the smallest recognized country,
the Vatican. Serbia did agree that Liberland did not infringe upon it’s territory, but
also dismissed the endeavor as “frivolous.” Other new nations have had more success at
international recognition. Most of these are partially recognized nations that split away
from a more recognized state with the backing of the people within the territory. An example
of this is South Ossetia, which split away from Georgia in 1990 and currently is recognized
by Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Nauru. Probably the best known and most hotly contested
recently formed nation is the State of Palestine. 136 nations recognize the Palestine and in
2012 it was designated by the United Nations as a “non-member observer state.” One
other option for unclaimed land is Antartica. A large section of land known as the Marie
Byrd land has not been claimed by any recognized nation. One issue with this option is the
United Nations’s “Antartica Treaty” which states that “No new claim, or enlargement
of an existing claim, to territorial sovereignty shall be asserted while the present Treaty
is in force.” There are claims that pre-exist this treaty by seven different nations, although
the legitimacy of these claims is disputed given the treaty. In addition to the Antarctic
Treaty issue, establishing a sovereign nation in Antartica would be difficult because of
the next step in the process. Establish a permanent population
A nation is created to serve it’s people, and without people there is no nation. Antartica
has no permanent population. There are always people in Antartica, but these people do not
constitute a permanent population because they are primarily there for research or tourism
and none stay in Antartica for more than a few years. Interestingly 11 babies have been
born in Antartica, but they generally have taken the citizenship of their parents’s country.
A permanent population is one of the most basic qualifiers for statehood. A sustainable
independent nation would be near impossible in Antartica. Any settlement would have no
real economy and no way to naturally produce food. However, there are talks of Antartica
having oil and, if this is the case, a sovereign and potentially prosperous nation could be
established in the hostile environment, much like the United Arab Emirates. Similar to
the dozens of Antarctic micronation claims, Liberland struggles with a lack of permanent
population. The founder’s attempts to re-enter the territory have been blocked by both Serbia
and Croatia. At this point, it seems unlikely that a permanent population will be established
in the near future and for this reason the future of Liberland is bleak. 3) Form a Government
A well formed government is probably the most important aspect dictating the success of
your new country. There are tons of forms of government, but considering you’re forming
this country in the 21st century you’re likely to base the government on John Locke’s
principles of government. Locke’s principles essentially say that, in nature, everybody
has the right to “Life, health, Liberty, or Possessions.” You might notice a similarity
between this and another famous document. According to Locke, in a natural society,
that is without a government, these rights are not protected because there is no higher
power to do so, so in exchange for taking away a part of these rights, for example liberty
when imprisoned or property when taxed, the government acts to protect the very same rights.
Locke also states that government only works when there is a common belief in the abstract
idea or illusion of government, and therefore a government can only really exist when the
people are behind it. This is the reason that autocratic or absolutist governments rarely
work in modern society. So now keeping these principles in mind, you need a constitution.
Every single recognized country in the world either has a constitution, or some substitution
to it. This is not a complicated process, so I won’t go into too much detail, but
essentially any country must have a set of laws, principles, and entities that make up
the country and the constitution works to define and specify these. 4) Gain International Recognition
This is where all you work comes under scrutiny. Gaining international recognition is by far
the most difficult step in the country creating process. It takes potentially hundreds of
years for new countries to be fully or near fully recognized. Chances are that, unless
you have overwhelming backing from the people within your country, a good reason for the
establishment of your new nation, absolutely undisputed territory, and a well-balanced
democratic government, you won’t be recognized by any UN member states. The chances of a
new well recognized nation outside of Africa or the Balkans is unlikely. The governments
are too well-established or stable outside of these areas. The final step to gain undisputed
recognition is to be admitted to the United Nations. Any application is reviewed by the
security council—composed of China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom
of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United States of America, and a rotating group
of 10 others. If 10 of the 15 vote in favor of your country, congratulations, you’ve
just joined the United Nations! By most metrics, you’re now a country. Of course, other United
Nations members still can fail to recognize you,and there are plenty of UN member states
that are not fully recognized, however that’s a topic for another time. So good luck with
your new country, thanks for watching, and see you next time.

100 comments on “How to Create a Country

  1. So. Other Germans always say that Bavaria is a own country. But it's part of Germany. Soooooooooooo… what now?
    and.. what's the capital of vatican city?

  2. Country:Klepton
    Military:Me,my dog and my 300 cows

    All who wanna join just comment

  3. I know this video is 3 years old but I had a question, could I buy my own plot of land and then declare independence from whatever country I bought the land from? to be clear I’d buy the land as a civilian not like how Alaska was bought by the U.S

  4. Country:Gemenia
    Capital:cow moss
    Military:the millions of ants in my house (temporary as soon there will be a bunch of Slavs with ak-47)

  5. Country :Saltzburgh
    Capital: Saltzburgh
    Language: English , Spanish, and Deutsch
    Social status : Upper class, upper middle class and middle class
    Landmass: 560 km²
    Location : Middle North Pacific
    Population: 35 million
    Economy base : crude oil, gas, finance, business,industrial etc.
    GDP per capita : $152,000
    Citizenship requirements : no criminal records, $20 million assets

    We welcome anybody to came here except for terrorist, criminals and Chinese. All who will trespass at the exclusive economic zone will fired to death.!!

  6. no i have no countries ok

    but i have a continent!

    name: Area
    countries: 51
    population: 4200000000
    biggest country: NICE
    military force: is boosted by the aliens
    new year's eve: 4/20/69


  7. Country:sitting room
    Name: Australia
    Flag: 🇳🇿
    Owners: me,pheobe,Riley
    Like comment to join
    (I also killed Russia, Germany,san Francisco)

  8. Country: People’s Republic Of California
    Language: Spanish, Native languages, Californian, English
    13 states: California y Baja, Nevada, Arizona
    Religion: Catholic, Atheist
    Allies: Russia, German, Mexico, Spain & Haiti
    Dollar: US Dollars
    Capital: San Francisco

  9. If someone played a game were they took a shot drink every time they heard country they would be dead by the end of the video or drunk

  10. My perfect dictatorship.
    Name : Katrina
    Government: independent?
    Capital : dede
    Has borders away from any country with feminist recognition.
    Also is so un political that no body will splurt the word "female "

  11. Country:braity
    Languages:english and french
    Allies:india uk usa china germany france
    Enemies:russia belgium czech republic
    Borders with:uk france ireland
    Dollar=english dollar
    Area:almost all ireland southern uk north france

  12. New country :

    Weird name: The Planetlandian Federation of the Mediterranean islands (Planetland PND)

    Ideology: Mediterranean Capitalism (different from normal cptlsm)

    Languages: Official; English, Italian, Planetlandian. Unofficial; Arab, Spanish, Greek, Latin.

    Territory: Tunisia, Tripolitania (Northern Libya) Malta, Sardinia, Crete, 1/2 of Cyprus

    Relations with: USA, Canada, France, China, South Korea

    Enemies;Algeria, Oman, and NK

    Military ; 11th place in the world

    Colonies: All Pacific Ocean islands and Parts of Alaska*

    Population : People who liked and people who subbed to me(you get free citizenship)

    Edit: Capital: Plànettlandia
    Major Cities : Tripoli, Tunis, Nicrosia, Ibiza, * = Alaska parts were sold to Planetland.

  13. Country: new sweland (my country does not make any sence)
    Language: english
    Capital: Yolo
    Alliance: NATO
    Friends: poland, british, USA, PH, sweden, and canada
    Continent: Asean
    Money: other money
    now idk so this is my country lol

  14. Get Admitted To The UN?

    Interacting With The Comments Is a Healthy Habit So Debate With Others Fellow Commenter!
    ~Advice From Wendover
    In a Random Video

  15. So I am gonna make my home a country! Capital will be protable,where ever I am seen last in my home will be the capital. LOL XD

  16. Step six: get invaded by Spanish
    Step seven: commit freedom
    Step eight: get invaded by British
    Step nine: get invaded by Japanese
    Step ten: get invaded by America
    Step eleven: get betrayed

  17. My country.
    Name: Federation of Riverside
    Capital: Norfolk
    Ideology: Democracy
    Official Language: English
    Location: Northern Australia
    Area:: 3,604,635 km²
    Currency: Riverside Rine
    Alliance Pact: Alliance of Oceania Nation (AON)
    Allies: United Kingdom, Unites States, France, Spain, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Switzerland and Harmlin
    Current Ruling Party: OneRiverside Party.
    Current Opposition Party: Legacy Party
    Population: 55 Million
    Official Anthem: Riverside, our nation
    Date of Independence: 19 October 1910
    GDP: 55b$

  18. Country: Socialist Republic of Falkland

    Army: Socialist Military of the Falkland

    Ideology: Socialism

    Language: Spanish, English, German, and Russian

  19. My nation
    Name poland 2
    Money (PL) zł
    Aliance Nato , european union and poland
    Langue poland
    Localization midle of europe
    Neighbords poland ,germany , chech republik
    Teritory 3000 km
    Enemies russia
    Capital wrocław
    Biggest city wrocław

  20. My country: TennisLand
    Area: my room
    Where: middle of the US
    Capital: tennis racket sitting at the corner of my room
    Government house: exercise ball right by the tennis racket
    Leader: me
    Population: nobody is allowed in my room, so it's just me

  21. Country Name: Abghkiza
    Capital:Mon Delza
    Language: Russian
    Design: Vertically and 3 colors blue black red
    Population of human:13,90000
    Continent:asia next to Malaysia

  22. Country: Urmumia
    Ideology: Communism
    Capital: Slavic York
    Language: Slav
    Location: Europe
    Borderlands: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus
    Best Friends: Urfatherland, Russia
    Population: likes of this comment

  23. Name: Krypuzenia
    Empress: Arsinia Praetexia (Me)
    Languages: English, Russian
    Population: Peeps in the legion and anyone who likes this comment 😀
    Type of Government: An oligarchy so the tyrants can SHUT UP >:)

  24. Country: Basketball court/Basketbalia
    Capital: Basketball ring/ Baskring
    Language: English
    Religion: Atheists
    Active duty personnel: 5
    Reserved duty personnel: 5
    Ground forces: 5
    Tanks: 1
    Artillery: 1
    Army: 3
    Air forces: 5
    Jets: 1
    Bomber: 1
    Parashooter: 1
    Pilots: 1.5
    Sea forces: 0
    like to join

  25. my country:

    country name: memes
    population: 69,420
    capital: pepe
    alliances: us and asia
    language: the god language
    dollar: deez nuts


  26. My Country alv.
    Name: Soberan Republic of Esparia
    Capital: Nadingtán
    Capita: 00,03%
    Ocean/sea: Pacific
    Borders: Colombia, Ecuador & Peru
    Territory: 563,034 km2
    Money: Esparian Peso
    Poblation: All the Likes.
    Alliance: NATO
    Continent: America
    Oil Exportation: 12,000,000 of Oil
    Language: Spanish
    oh shit here we go again

  27. Country: home
    Languages: wan
    Capital: living room
    Military general: my dog
    Number of soldiers: 1

    If you want to become a soldier just comment you don’t have to like

  28. this video will be taken down by the goverment. taken to area 51. and hidden there for the people of 3019 to try and raid it back… good luck.

  29. Country: Stan Txt (I would also say stan bts but who doesn’t?)
    Languages: English and any other language because there is google to translate
    Who’s welcome?: anyone, if we find antis we don’t need to force them but we can RESPECTIVELY say ok because it’s their opinion unless they are taking it out on the idol then it’s a big nono
    Where is the land?: idek any pieces of islands for sale on google, let’s all participate and give money

  30. Country: the republic of cat Angeles

    Capital :my bedroom
    Rules: . Don’t say bad words about cats
    No crime
    No bad things about the country

    Like to become a part of my country

  31. Country: backyard
    Language: English/French
    Capital: the pipe
    Money: paper money 100 to 1
    Alliances: nato & uk empire
    Borders that separated others: the playground, the garbage bin, my school
    Teammates: Japan, USA, Canada, UK
    Lands: 1
    Earth part: North America
    Ideology: capitalism
    Biggest city: N/A
    President: the pile of grass

  32. Country name:potato home

    Language:english,tagalog,illongo and a tiny bit of japanese and Spanish

    Place:mah home

    Country borders:mah neighbors


    Money:Philippine pesos

    Bigger than:some homes



    Allies:mah family,Indonesia,malasiya and my country Philippines

    Location:sahara desert
    Capital: sandbourg
    Join today we will finish flag after

  34. my country
    Name: Hadistan
    Currency: Hadistani rupees
    Capital: Hyderabad
    Continent: Asia
    Borders with: Pakistan
    Population: Likes on this comment + 1
    Language: Urdu
    Laws: Islamic sheria

  35. I have a country my house
    Capital: parent bedroom
    Pop: 3
    Alliances: Uk nato australia mostly
    Dollar: australia dollar
    Weapon: unknown
    Army: me of course
    Languages: my language mias language SLAV RUSSIAN english

  36. Country: House
    Capital: Bedroom
    Neighbouring countries: Bathroom
    President: Gaming
    Vice president: Nerf
    Government: Mr. Doggo
    Founder: i guess me
    Man power: ???
    The country we are going to invade: School

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