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a person sitting at a table in a room

This lounging royal is in fact the Monarch of the Principality of Wy, a self-proclaimed micronation located right here in Sydney. A micronation is defined as “A small area or political entity that claims national sovereignty but is not recognized by other sovereign states.”

The Principality of Wy was created after Prince Paul Delprat (pictured) and his wife Princess Susan had struggled with a 10+ year legal argument around driveway plans with the Mosman Council. The couple had finally had enough and on Wy Day 2004 the Principality was formed when the Mayor of Mosman “graciously accepted the Formal Succession of The Principality of Wy”.

This 700m squared plot is one of more than 30 micronations located in Australia. It has its own flag, crest, currency and even its own website which portrays its colourful rulers as lovers of art and theatre. Their preferred method of communication is humour.

The Principality of Wy has made worldwide news. The principality inspired a Japanese Manga comic character, a young girl named “Wy” in the series Hetalia: Axis Powers.