A new proposal aims to help micronations severe their dependency on macronational top-level domain names by introducing an alternative domain name server system.
NationDNS, a new intermicronational organization created by Jonah Aragon, will develop custom country-code top-level domain names (ccTLD) for participating micronations on the FreeNIC alternative DNS root system.
“Using Austenasia [as an example], they could be granted the ccTLD .aa, which would give them the ability to crate websites such as finance.gov.aa [or] foreignaffairs.gov.aa,” said Aragon in announcing the initiative. Participating micronations might also be permitted to sell their assigned ccTLD as a means of raising revenues, similar to how Tuvalu sold rights to the .tv ccTLD to television companies.
The deployment of each custom ccTLD would require some manual adjustment to each user’s computer settings according to Aragon. “It isn’t a difficult change … it just isn’t default so there’d need to be some end-user educational involved,” he said, hoping to minimize any related concern.
And minimize the concerns he did. Several MicroWiki Community micronations have voiced their interest in participating, including Glastieve, Madrona, and Nordkavn, though no timeline has been announced for the deployment of their related ccTLDs.
Aragon’s effort is the first since the early 2000s, when Cesidio Tallini created alternative TLDs for his “Fifth World Community”. Tallini’s TLDs ultimately saw limited use outside of his micronation’s immediate sphere.
Aragon hopes to avoid that outcome by expanding NationDNS to offer full-service hosting packages that include such benefits as monetization to encourage use of the alternative DNS. Those services are expected to come online as early as May 28th.