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According to the liner notes for his album "Mind Games," ex-Beatle John
Lennon founded the "conceptual country" of Nutopia on April Fool's Day,
1973. This was in the midst of his legal troubles with the U.S. immigration
authorities, and he declared himself a citizen of Nutopia, claimed
diplomatic immunity, and demanded a seat at the U.N. According to Lennon,
Nutopia was a country without borders or passports, and citizenship could
be obtained "by declaration of your awareness of NUTOPIA." The country had
no laws except for "cosmic" ones. The album also contains the Nutopian
International Anthem, which consists of three seconds of silence.
[Information courtesy Michael S. Carpenter.]
Declaration of Nutopia
"We announce the birth of a conceptual country , Nutopia. Citizenship of the country can be obtained by declaration of your awarness of Nutopia. Nutopia has no land , no boundries , no passports , only people. Nutopia has no laws other than cosmic . All people of Nutopia are ambassadors of the country . As two ambassadors of Nutopia , we ask for diplomatic immunity and recognition in the United Nations of our country and its people."
- John Lennon & Yoko Ono
"If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace."