shortest existence…


The Republic of Rose Island was perhaps the microstate with the shortest existence in history.

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Utopia Oblique: Creating a perfect type of world through a perfect world of type is a tribute to utopians who have used language or typography as a way of expressing their ideal vision of society.

Lesson / Koan : Language is a location.

Sadly, the Republic of Rose Island had a tragic end, but lived a glorious life.

BTW,

The Republic of Rose Island, for example, provided a test case for examining the limits and possibilities of state building.

A new Country was born off shore Rimini, 1968.

Designed and constructed by Italian engineer Giorgio Rosa in 1965, Rose Island consisted of a 400 square meter concrete platform that was intended to house a restaurant, bar, nightclub, souvenir shop, and post office off the coast of Italy in the Adriatic Sea. Named the Republic of Rose Island (after its visionary founder) the island declared independence from the Italian state in 1968. At the same time, Rosa put into play a series of actions that attempted to both announce and secure the sovereignty of his micro-nation by adopting Esperanto as the official language, issuing postage stamps, and becoming President.

Rose Island's inaugural philatelic release, this stamp shows the general appearance of the inhabitable area of the platform, as well as the island's approximate location.

Soon thereafter, the Italian government responded with accusations of tax evasion, and dispatched a few carabinieri, some tax inspectors, and ultimately the navy to dismantle the platform with explosives. The short war waged, therefore, illustrated the degree to which Rosa’s use of linguistic and symbolic codes for nationhood had posed a threat (politically) and loss (economically) to an established national government despite the relatively small space the island occupied.

NOTE :

Esperanto is probably the most successful auxiliary language ever produced.

Esperanto font.

Esperanto is a modified Latin alphabet. It’s based on Latin forms. It has 28 letters and it is quite easy to learn. In Esperanto the letters Q, W, X, Y do not exist. The reason so many dislike Esperanto is that it comes from no specific place and no specific culture. A false myth exist in which no one country in the world that has actually adopted Esperanto as its national language.

BUT, there was one, wasn’t there?

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Brady Cranfield & Jamie Hilder - Island Developments : Utopias Adrift exhibition, 2008.

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