Carshalton "micronation" pushes for independence from Sutton

Jonathan Austen with the Austenasia flag

Austenasia flies its flag proudly on the border with Carshalton...

First published in Sutton

A family who declared their Carshalton home a new country celebrated their nation's third anniversary this week, and will now push the Government for official independence.

Austenasia was created on September 20, 2008, when founding father Terry Austen, now aged 43, and his son Jonathan, now aged 16, declared independence from the Sutton suburb.

But having met with MP Tom Brake in May and then receiving a letter from the Foreign Office two weeks ago, the "micronation" are ready to push for state independence.

The rebel outpost stretches to the edge of the Austen family's back garden in Green Wrythe Lane and is complete with its own flag, TV station and state capital, Wrythe.

Jonathan said: "We created Austenasia after being inspired by other "micronations", such as Wilcsland, a new country in Wiltshire.

"The aim now we have reached our third anniversary is to continue the push for independence and to try to get Austenasia on to people's radar.

"We want more reform so we will need to consolidate the legal system and the constitution but we will also need to expand the empire further than the house, garden and the garage."

Mr Brake confirmed he is pursuing the matter with Foreign Secretary William Hague to establish the criteria for determining whether a country should be recognised as a new nation.

He said: "I wish Mr Austen every luck with his campaign but wonder where the border controls would be set up."

But following two leadership changes in the last two years - firstly when Emperor Terry abdicated in February 2010, but then again in March 2011 when his replacement Esmund III was given a vote of no confidence - the current leader is Emperor Declan I.

A Wikipedia page dedicated to "micronations" lists Austenasia as: "A constitutional monarchy comprising three privately owned properties that have declared themselves independent under the leadrship of a house in south London."

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3:22pm Fri 23 Sep 11

Michael Pantlin says...

What are they on? What planet are they from?
What are they on? What planet are they from? Michael Pantlin
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3:49pm Fri 23 Sep 11

Austenasia says...

Michael Pantlin wrote:
What are they on? What planet are they from?
Hopefully the same planet as you :)
[quote][p][bold]Michael Pantlin[/bold] wrote: What are they on? What planet are they from?[/p][/quote]Hopefully the same planet as you :) Austenasia
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4:00pm Fri 23 Sep 11

Hollyiee says...

Yaay for Austenasia!! :D ~Holly x
Yaay for Austenasia!! :D ~Holly x Hollyiee
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5:14pm Fri 23 Sep 11

Crease2000 says...

Anything to escape from Englandistan sounds like a good idea to me.
Anything to escape from Englandistan sounds like a good idea to me. Crease2000
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5:28pm Fri 23 Sep 11

JPR says...

Well done, you have the support of the Unified State of Brittany claiming back their land taken by Saxons and other Normen pushing away the good people of England, the Brythonics.
Well done, you have the support of the Unified State of Brittany claiming back their land taken by Saxons and other Normen pushing away the good people of England, the Brythonics. JPR
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10:08am Mon 26 Sep 11

SollyAtwell says...

Care in the community isn't working, it would seem.
Care in the community isn't working, it would seem. SollyAtwell
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9:12pm Mon 26 Sep 11

Surreydon says...

Crease2000 wrote:
Anything to escape from Englandistan sounds like a good idea to me.
Yup, I'm with you!
[quote][p][bold]Crease2000[/bold] wrote: Anything to escape from Englandistan sounds like a good idea to me.[/p][/quote]Yup, I'm with you! Surreydon
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