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AUSTRALIAN citizens fed up with the Government resorted to an alternative form of protest - seceding from the country and setting up so-called "micro-nations," complete with renegade royals, a declaration of independence and a local council.

Perhaps it has something to do with Australians' traditional disregard for authority, but the country has become a hotbed for revolutions, Sky News reports.

There are now so many mini-states that reject Aussie rule, that a university recently organized a conference and invited representatives of such entities as The Empire of Atlantium and The Principality of Dubelbeka.

The oldest, the Principality of Hutt River in Western Australia, recently celebrated its fourtieth anniversary.

The fact that so many Australians want to do away with the monarchy, and no longer have Queen Elizabeth as their sovereign, does not seem to have deterred others from going into the royalty business.

Prince Paul of Wy, formerly known as Paul Delprat, established his principality in a suburb of Sydney six years ago.

The population is five. The ruler, his wife Princess Sue, and their three children. They declared independence because they were fed up with bureaucracy at their local council which had denied them permission to build a new driveway to their secluded home.

Prince Paul has since acquired robes, several crowns and thrones, many of them rescued and refurbished from the local dump.

And he has become such a popular figure in the local community of Mosman that he has been named citizen of the year - even though he insists he is not one of their citizens.

"I don't feel eccentric, I feel very logical and pragmatic."

His wife agrees: "I felt we had to do something to people know that we'd been treated unfairly and we're not just going to go away."

The prince maintains that he wants to have good relations with his larger, more powerful neighbor.

"Australia is one of the most tolerant countries in the world and it would only be a liberal democracy like Australia that would really welcome and tolerate the sort of oddities of which micro-nations are a part."

[link to www.news.com.au]
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