The Nation of Celestial Space
On December 21, 1948, an Illinois man named James Thomas Mangan laid claim to the entirety of outer space on behalf of humanity. Truly, no man on planet Earth was better suited to Mangan's self-appointed imaginary task.
"I'm tracing the official cosmic borders with my finger."
Mangan formally registered the Nation of Celestial Space (also known as Celestia) with the Recorder of Deeds and Titles of Cook County, which is clearly the highest authority in the land, declaring himself the nation's founder and first representative. In 1949 he banned every member of the United Nations (including the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union) from doing any further atmospheric nuclear testing, and even demanded that the United States and the Soviet Union cancel the space race because they were trespassing on Celestia territory. With the rate at which the KGB is still killing people, we're amazed someone didn't show up at Mangan's house and cave his face in with a rusty typewriter.
Instead of filing a police report, the United Nations decided it would be better to validate his daffy ramblings and unfurled the proud Celestian flag at the UN's New York headquarters in June of 1958, flying it alongside the flags of real, actual nations in front of a worldwide audience.
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