The Republic of Rose Island was a short-lived micronation and new nation project, located on a man-made platform in the Adriatic Sea, seven miles off the coast of Rimini,Italy. At that time Rose Island lay slightly outside Italian territorial waters.
Rosa’s actions were viewed by the Italian government as a ploy to collect tourist dollars without paying state taxes. Whether or not this was the real reason behind Rosa’s micronation is unknown, but nevertheless the Italian government’s response was swift and heavy-handed: a group of four carabinieri and tax inspectors landed on the “Isola delle Rose” and assumed control. The platform’s Council of Government is said to have sent a telegram, presumably to the Italian government, to protest the “violation of its sovereignty and the injury inflicted on local tourism by the military occupation” but this was ignored.
Soon afterwards the Italian Navy used explosives to destroy the facility
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