Non-Territorial Republic of Marland
Marland national flag National Flag (The Ocean Banner)Marland Coat of arms National Coat of Arms

"Et Navigantibus Maria!" (To Sail the Seas)
Marland, oh great Marland
Capel Tablemount
Capel Tablemount, International waters
Capital city Reine Marine
Official language(s) None
Official religion(s) None
Demonym Marlander, Marlanic
Government Directorial Republic with Mixed Member Proportional Representation
- Council of the Sea Tom Barham, David Ross, Jamie Giles, Sarah Davis, Matthias Eames
- Chancellor/Speaker Benjamin Felix
Legislature Assembly of the Sea
Established 2014
Area claimed 0km² (Land)
Population 17
Currency Marlandic Dollar (MD)
Time zone MST (UTC +10:30)
National sport Yacht Racing
National drink Water
National animal Moorish Idol
Patron saint St. Francis of Paola
Internet Domain (proposed) .mld
This nation is a a member of the Example Organisation

Government website

The Non-Territorial Republic of Marland [mɑɹland] is a Directorial Republic with Mixed Member Proportional Representation. Based in part in Queensland, the nation has plans to expand near to or onto the Capel Tablemount off the coast of Brisbane, technically outside of Australian juristriction, in the Pacific Ocean. It plans to create a fully functional nation on the water, in part to evade obvious territorial disputes which Marland might encounter if it were to claim land, and also to create a fully functioning community, and eventually state which can be moved if necessary.

The establishment of the NTR is officially dated to the 20th of April 2014, although this is an arbitrary date, as the founder has neither the means, nor the support to claim the area and begin the micronation as of yet. Therefore, the date is described by the founder, Benjamin Felix, as Ex Animo roughly translated to 'in the mind'. However, the founder does intend to create a base of operations, and a steady support base to begin the country in time.

Marland, being founded at such a recent date, has not much to talk of by way of anything. The founder did throw together a flag and a coat of arms, as well as a vague idea of the type of government proposed. However, this is subject to change, and as the nation grows, it is expected to change very dramatically.


The name 'Marland' comes from the widely used European root 'Mar' which means 'Sea', and the English word 'Land', meaning that Marland is land in the ocean. It is meant to mean a sanctuary of land in the endless oceans of Earth.

Since Marland is planned to be a very marine nation, the term 'Land of the Sea' does describe Marland very well indeed.



Marland was founded on the 20th of April 2014, more as a theoretical idea of a micronation, but with aims to build a firm base of support and micronationalism. The founder, Benjamin Felix, theorised one day that although all land in the world is claimed (with a few small exceptions, which are mostly covered by law) 71% of the Earth is sea and ocean, and so one could theoretically set up a nation in this way.The idea is to create a nation which could run apart from mainstream society, and could actually form a viable nation. 

The First Elections

On the 22nd of April, the Marlandic National Party was founded by Tom Barham. This became one step on the road to free and fair elections in Marland. Later that day, David Ross created the Monarchist Party, and elections ensued. The first votes took place, mainly being about small things like national food and drink, but eventually, they were decided, and Marland took its place among the stable democracies of the world.

Government & Politics

Marland is a Directorial Republic with Mixed Member Proportional Representation, quite similar to Switzerland. There is no de jure head of state, although the founder claims a role as the head of government, a speaker to make sure that any council meetings go ahead well and without problems. 

The main body of legislature is the Assembly of the Sea, the national assembly, consisting of an upper house, the Council of the Sea, and a lower house, the National Council. As the nation expands, it is planned to include more members in each council, as well as other parties to debate topics fully.

Law & Order

Since the nation is, at present, very small, with only one member, the founder, there is no need for a police force. However, if needed in future, a police force may be instituted.

Foreign Relations

At present, Marland has opened relations with one other Micronation, that being the German Democratic Republic.


The German Democratic Republic (21 April 2014)

Unironia (3 May 2014)


Marland recognises and is recognised by two nations. The German Democratic Republic opened mutual agreements on the 21st April 2014, as well as the Kingdom Of Harenfall.

Flag Country Diplomatic Relations Began Notes
800px-Flag of East Germany.svg German Democratic Republic 21 April 2014
  • Relations established on 21 April 2014 at informal level
  • Mutual recognition
  • Alliance
Merrileaflag Kingdom Of Harenfall 21 April 2014
  • Relations established on 21 April 2014 at informal level
  • Mutual recognition
Flag of New Cantabria Kingdom of New Cantabria 22 April 2014
  • Relations established on 22 April 2014 at informal level
  • Mutual recognition
  • Non-Agression pact
Państwo Braterskie 22 April 2014
  • Mutual recognition
  • Possible alliance
FLAG Austrar Islands 23 April 2014
  • Mutual recognition
Unironic empire Unironic Empire 3 May 2014
  • Mutual recognition
  • Alliance


Since the nation is very young, there is no military force.

Geography & Climate

Capel Tablemount

Marland is based at present in Queensland, Australia. It has plans to move to the Capel Tablemount, a reef off the coast of Brisbane, Queensland.


The Currency of Marland is the Marlandic Dollar. 


The de facto national language of Marland is English, however there is no de jure presence of a national language. Marlandic culture is relatively under-developed, although many of the country's defining features are fish related, like the national dish being fish and chips, and the national animal being the Moorish Idol, a fish found in many Oceanian reefs.


There is no current media in Marland.

See also