• Micronations
  • Founded 2 November 2001
  • Currency Westarctica Dollar
  • Citizens 2356 (none are living there)
  • Area 1,605,793 km²

The Grand Duchy of Westarctica, as it is officially known, is one of the world's largest micronations. In 2001 Travis McHenry was reading through the CIA World Factbook about the antarctic and learned that: ‘no formal claims have been made in the sector between 90 degrees west and 150 degrees west’. This inspired him to claim this specific part of land and he named himself Grand Duke. After initial protests from his employer—the US navy—he stepped away from the project but returned to his post in 2014. He registered the country as a non-profit organization looking after the neglected western side of Antarctica and accepting tax-free gifts.