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Micronation

L'Anse-Saint-Jean is a small town, population 1269 (2001), in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec, Canada. The name means Cove of St. John. The population in 2011 was 1208, a small fall. Royaume = Kingdom, compare 'realm'. The word Anse also appears in L'Anse aux Meadows, the famous Viking site in Newfoundland.

L'Anse-Saint-Jean was founded in 1838 by the Society of Twenty-one, a group of lumber prospectors and investors which was responsible for opening up the Saguenay region to colonization.

Le Royaume de L'Anse Saint-Jean

It achieved a certain notoriety when its citizens held a referendum on January 21, 1997, to turn the village into the Le Royaume de L'Anse-Saint-Jean, the continent's first "municipal monarchy." The monarchists won 73.9% of the vote, with Denys Tremblay becoming King Denys I. The king was crowned on June 24, Fete nationale du Quebec - Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, in the Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, and announced plans to build a "vegetable oratory," Saint-Jean-du-Millénaire (Saint John of the Millennium). This micronational project was cheerfully conceded to be a way of boosting tourism in the region, which had been hit by the floods on the Saguenay River in 1996.

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