the Queen’s speech poster
The Republic of Rose Island was a short-lived micronation on a man-made platform in the Adriatic Sea, 11 km off the coast of Rimini. In 1967, Italian engineer Giorgio Rosa funded the construction of a 400 square metre (4305 sq ft) platform supported by nine pylons, and furnished it with a number of commercial establishments, including a restaurant, bar, nightclub, souvenir shop and a post office.
The platform declared independence on 24 June 1968, under the Esperanto name “Insulo de la Rozoj”, with Rosa as self-declared President.
Rosa’s actions were viewed by the Italian government as a ploy to raise money from tourists while avoiding national taxation. Whether or not this was the real reason behind Rosa’s micronation, the Italian government’s response was swift: a group of four carabinieri and guardia di finanza landed on the “Isola delle Rose” and assumed control. Soon afterwards the Italian Navy used explosives to destroy the facility, an act later portrayed on postage stamps issued by Rosa’s “Government in exile”.