Badgering the United Nations for recognition is optional, but by definition, micronations aren’t formally recognized by other countries or international bodies. Some micronations are serious attempts driven by political ideology, while others are more like practical jokes. Here are 15 of the most interesting from the past few decades:1. The republic has also garnered respect from other micronations, and in 2000 hosted the Intermicronational Olympic Games. The micronation is ruled by one Travis McHenry, who declared the 9.5-square-mile tract of land a sovereign nation in 2009.