Agustín Fernández Mallo

from nocilla dream: 58

one of the most interesting micronations is the Kingdom of Elgaland-Vargaland (, created by a duo of German artists. Their constitution begins in the following way, delimiting the outer reaches of their territory:

‘The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland [KREV] were proclaimed on the 14th of march, 1992, and consist of all Border Territories: Geographical, Mental & Digital.

1. Geographic Territory: All border frontier areas between all countries on earth, and all areas (up to a width of 10 nautical miles) existing outside all countries’ territorial waters. We designate these territories our physical territory. These territories, generally considered no-man’s lands, are constantly in flux, change daily, and other new ones are forever appearing the length and breadth of the planet (example: the border between North and South Korea), or indeed disappearing (the border between East and West Germany in 1989), or indeed, having been in a state of lethargy and submersion, are reappearing (the borders of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania). As is the case, we note, in fishing territories. Both in theory and in practice, areas such as the frontierlands between Texas and the United States, between England and Scotland, and between Scania and Sweden, are from this day forth designated the physical territory of the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland. it is not impossible that in the future large abandoned coastal constructions will also be annexed, when tourism definitively leaves this outmoded form of leisure behind.

2. Mental and perceptive territories such as: a) when a person is sleeping lightly, occupying the frontier between waking life and dream b) states of creative absorptions experienced in a person’s day-to-day life. Both are hybrid zones which, from this day forth, are annexed by the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland. Territories that any citizen of the Kingdoms may explore if looking to carry out artistic or commercial activities within them.

3. The Virtual Room (digital). currently, the largest entry point to the Kingdoms is KREV, which functions within the World Wide Web at www. We also see CD-roms and floppy disks containing Virtual reality programmes as potential territories for occupation. The digital KREV space is, to date, an edge space, an extant global meeting point.

Thus, once this microstate’s physical territory has been drawn on a map of the world, the result will be a vector covering all borders, a vector both wide and potentially infinitely long. A fractal. Thus its dimensionality shall not be that of a single line, 1, or that of a plane, 2, but that of a fraction, 3/2. In an apt correspondence, everything that occurs in this microstate is within another body of reality. The flat map will become a relief map, taking on a body-ness, bubbling up. The New York Embassy of the Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland had its official inauguration at the Kate & Versi Gallery on 5th avenue, where the owners assigned it a permanent space. The Los Angeles embassy is in a mansion in Santa Monica, the residence of the Ambassador and his family, on the beach. The Embassy in Johannesburg, South Africa, is situated on the top floor of the large Shadows warehouses; the consul is a man who can usually be found sitting in the Office Furniture section. The Spanish embassy is in a petrol station in Albacete, where the pump attendant, the first Spaniard with an Elgaland-Vargaland citizenship, has hung the flag between the flag of Spain and the flag of Wynn’s lubricants. That’s the anthem he’s currently working on.