[dropcap]A[/dropcap] micronationalist’s journey to meet his king for the first time is the focus of a self-made documentary film that is available for viewing on YouTube.
“The Smallest Nation” chronicles Peter Burke’s first in-person meeting with Richard Stump, the creator and king of Edan, a Catholic territorial micronation created in 1999, as well as with Kurt Floyd, another of its citizens. The film, narrated by Burke, seeks to educate the public about the micronation and persaude potential immigrants through a reflection on the three individual’s person experiences as Edanians. It centres largely on an interview with Stump regarding the origin and purpose of Edan, as well as its philosophical and theological foundations.
The journey undertaken by Burke was one of positive-reinforcement that cemented his pride in Edan. “I intend to be an Edanian for the rest of my life,” he said in closing the documentary.
The 18-minute film was created by Burke as his student thesis in the Communication Arts program at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. It has attracted more than 500 views since its publication in June of this year.