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Micronation movement celebrates its existence with gathering of world's itty bitty countries

  • This April 8, 2015 photo shows His Royal Highness the Grand Duke of Westarctica, aka Travis McHenry, posing in his uniform in West Hollywood, Calif. McHenry will be among the largest gathering of world leaders this side of the United Nations, convening Saturday, April 11, 2015 at MicroCon 2015, what organizers say is the first North American gathering of micronations, those tiny little countries that pretty much nobody but the people who rule them believe really exist. No one will be representing the United States, Great Britain or China, but you may catch a glimpse of the president of Molossia, decked out in a beribboned, full-dress uniform that would be the envy of any Third World dictator, with kings, queens, dukes and barons from places like Slabovia, Westarctica, Vikesland and Broslavia. (AP Photol/Gabriela Alvarez)

    This April 8, 2015 photo shows His Royal Highness the Grand Duke of Westarctica, aka Travis McHenry, posing in his uniform in West Hollywood, Calif. McHenry will be among the largest gathering of world leaders this side of the United Nations, convening Saturday, April 11, 2015 at MicroCon 2015, what organizers say is the first North American gathering of micronations, those tiny little countries that pretty much nobody but the people who rule them believe really exist. No one will be representing the United States, Great Britain or China, but you may catch a glimpse of the president of Molossia, decked out in a beribboned, full-dress uniform that would be the envy of any Third World dictator, with kings, queens, dukes and barons from places like Slabovia, Westarctica, Vikesland and Broslavia. (AP Photol/Gabriela Alvarez)  (The Associated Press)

  • This April 8, 2015 photo shows His Royal Highness the Grand Duke of Westarctica, aka Travis McHenry, posing in his uniform in West Hollywood, Calif. McHenry will be among the largest gathering of world leaders this side of the United Nations, convening Saturday, April 11, 2015 at MicroCon 2015, what organizers say is the first North American gathering of micronations, those tiny little countries that pretty much nobody but the people who rule them believe really exist. No one will be representing the United States, Great Britain or China, but you may catch a glimpse of the president of Molossia, decked out in a beribboned, full-dress uniform that would be the envy of any Third World dictator, with kings, queens, dukes and barons from places like Slabovia, Westarctica, Vikesland and Broslavia. (AP Photol/Gabriela Alvarez)

    This April 8, 2015 photo shows His Royal Highness the Grand Duke of Westarctica, aka Travis McHenry, posing in his uniform in West Hollywood, Calif. McHenry will be among the largest gathering of world leaders this side of the United Nations, convening Saturday, April 11, 2015 at MicroCon 2015, what organizers say is the first North American gathering of micronations, those tiny little countries that pretty much nobody but the people who rule them believe really exist. No one will be representing the United States, Great Britain or China, but you may catch a glimpse of the president of Molossia, decked out in a beribboned, full-dress uniform that would be the envy of any Third World dictator, with kings, queens, dukes and barons from places like Slabovia, Westarctica, Vikesland and Broslavia. (AP Photol/Gabriela Alvarez)  (The Associated Press)

The largest gathering of world leaders this side of the United Nations is convening this weekend at a decidedly less glamorous edifice: the Anaheim Central Library down the street from Disneyland.

The United States, Great Britain and China won't be represented. But the Republic of Molossia, the Grand Duchy of Westarctica and the Kingdom of Slabovia will be sending dignitaries.

The occasion is MicroCon 2015. Organizers say it's the first North American gathering of micronations.

For the uninitiated, micronations are those itty bitty countries that pretty much nobody but the people who rule them believe really exist.

Many issue their own money and stamps, however. Most dress their leaders in colorful outfits that even a Third World dictator would envy.

All that will be on display Saturday in Anaheim.