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On This Day – April 1st

1st April 2019 @ 6:06am – by Webteam
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The conceptual country of Nutopia was introduced by John Lennon and Yoko Ono on April 1st 1973 at a press conference in New York City.

The Lennons were ambassadors of the country and sought diplomatic immunity to end Lennon's ongoing immigration troubles, as he and Ono tried to remain in the United States. (Ono already had a Resident Alien "green card" through her previous husband, Tony Cox. Lennon had been denied permanent residence status.) John talked about the imaginary country, which would live up to the ideals of his song "Imagine", saying this in the "official" declaration:

We announce the birth of a conceptual country, NUTOPIA. Citizenship of the country can be obtained by declaration of your awareness of NUTOPIA. NUTOPIA has no land, no boundaries, 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.

The flag of Nutopia has only one colour: white.
The "Nutopian International Anthem is four seconds of silence.
The seal of Nutopia has a picture of the marine animal of the same name, a seal.

A plaque engraved with the words "NUTOPIAN EMBASSY" was duly installed at their home at the Dakota building.

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