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“Nowheristan” is his imagined utopian empire, complete with constitution, embassies, a political structure and citizens with passports. The idea is to create a place free of violence, history, and borders. “The idea of nationality is stupid now. It was good when all [members of a nation] were the same with regards to culture, beliefs, etc.”

Michel Elefteriades (aka Emperor Michel I) is Lebanese of Greek descent, and speaks six languages.

Instead, citizens would all share common ancestors: Phoenicians, Pharaohs, Celts, Native Indians, and Greeks. “The root of all problems is identity.” Their history would be “the sum of all histories of the world.”