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Robinsonia

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About ten years ago, when I was having a little crisis in my life, I was finding it difficult to get to sleep. One night I began imagining my own little village (more about that here). And I’ve often imagined being the ruler of my own nation. A nation where graffiti ‘artists’ are punished severely, where shopkeepers and cashiers are bound by law to be helpful and friendly… your basic run-of-the-mill dictatorship, really. Now those fantasies have taken on a visual form.

I was asked to do something new for Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant‘s Oog section. You may remember the On This Day stuff (Dutch / English) I did for them back in November.
This time I made The Kingdom of Robinsonian Antarctica, or Robinsonia for short. A nation where I am King Craig I. Hurrah!

Aside from the rampaging ego apparent in my desire to be a king, it was kinda inspired by those adverts promoting Wales you see on British Airways flights before the films begin. When doing some research for the FFF Pictorial Atlas, I found out that the only land on Earth not claimed by any country is between 90 and 150 degrees west in Antarctica.

That land was calling me. It was saying, ‘Come here, Craig, and build a nation!’ That nation is Robinsonia. Please come visit.

Written by Craig

February 7th, 2006 at 12:30 pm

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  1. A guy in the UK started his own country in his flat… He called his country Lovely, though. I think Robinsonia is much more inspired!

    Anyway, as always, Wikipedia’s got it covered:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_to_Start_Your_Own_Country

  2. got oil then huh? best be careful there

    random question – when you link back to archives like you did at the top, is it possible for the archives to show the old design of the G site? I think that would be nice. Or does it automatically update it to the new template/wotsit?

    Mark

    7 Feb 06 at 1:36 pm

  3. It’s a template wotsit, Dave.
    Tori, I want to see that now. I like Sealand

    Craig

    7 Feb 06 at 1:49 pm

  4. Hehe…Ill be a citizen, where do I sign? Oh and can I have a ministerial post?

    Failing that some sort of Official but powerless title? Lord Lee of Icesheet 3699?
    Or a new town just outside the gates of Hykeham? Little Lee on Ice we could call it. For the migrant workers? Obviously ran on good English lines though. Ahem.

    This dictatorship / power-mad-egomania thing really catches fire easily doesnt it? And in such a cold climate too!

    Did I mention I hate hot weather?

    Lee Jenkins

    7 Feb 06 at 1:57 pm

  5. That huge ad you did in the online newspaper for your own country was way neat! I liked it. So detailed to look at.

    :D

    Andrew Kopietz

    7 Feb 06 at 2:24 pm

  6. heh, this was kind of funny so i did a tiny comparison:

    http://pccart.org/lovelycraig.jpg/

    andrew Kopietz

    7 Feb 06 at 2:45 pm

  7. He calls himself a king, but where’s his sword and his white gloves, eh?
    Pfff, amateur…

    Craig

    7 Feb 06 at 2:59 pm

  8. I love how you made a nice and jolly ad figure out of the blueprint of those teeth manekins you painted a while ago (when not in a good mood I have to assume). I like them much better now – they scared me before.
    Very elaborate stuff for a phantasy. I like it a lot!

    Cheers

    Alex

    Anonymous

    7 Feb 06 at 4:59 pm

  9. All hail King Craig and his trusty hound!

    Is that Sadam on the left of the little green men?

    CoCo

    7 Feb 06 at 5:09 pm

  10. Reminds me of Jazzie B’s fantasy ‘Planet Ard’ whose capital city, Kanu-diggus, consists of constant all-night partying! (I’m tired just thinking about it!)

    How about owning your own planet then?!

  11. Ooh, Sealand – that’s not too far away from where I live… I might go and visit! That’s so funny. Prince Roy. Excellent name!

    Oh, and the programme about starting your own country is coming out on DVD soon I think:
    http://www.dannywallace.com

  12. I’m onto something Craig!

    Don’t trust Hiddink: he’s slowly moving towards the southpole… Korea, Australia, Robinsonia…

    I love it, esp. the PetrOb add!!!

    frans theunisz

    7 Feb 06 at 6:44 pm

  13. Which football confedertion would Robinsonia play in?

    Confédération Africaine de Football?
    Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol?
    Oceania Football Confederation?

    Whichever way you go, you might have to put up with being a minnow for a while, as you slowly work on that coefficiency rating. Or something.

    Alex

    12 Feb 06 at 12:14 pm

  14. I’d hope to be part of Oceania, football-wise. If Australia’s the best they’ve got, then Robinsonia has a good chance of not being minnows for too long.

    Craig

    12 Feb 06 at 1:25 pm

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