PHOTO: DJ Declares Himself Ruler of New “Micronation” in California Desert

DJ Declares Himself Ruler of New “Micronation” in California Desert

Randy “R Dub!” Williams, a late-night radio DJ from San Diego known as the “Sultan of Slowjamastan,” has established his own micronation in the California desert named after his show.

 

A travel enthusiast nearing his goal of visiting every country, Williams purchased 11 acres of barren land to create the “Republic of Slowjamastan.” On December 1, 2021, wearing a suit and sunglasses, he officially declared independence on-air in Dubl├óndia, the new nation’s capital.

Williams says there have been plenty of people lining up to become Slowjamastan citizens.

Two years on, Slowjamastan has its own passports, currency (“the duble”), flag, anthem, and even 500 registered citizens, with 4,500 more awaiting approval. Now preparations are underway to welcome tourists as Williams positions it as the world’s foremost micronation destination.

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Inspired by eccentric self-declared nations he encountered abroad, Williams returned home determined to start his own. He bought a remote plot for $19,000 and installed border checkpoints, offices, and national insignia.

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While technically meeting the Montevideo Convention’s definition of a sovereign state, recognition from the U.S. government remains elusive. “Despite emails and DMs to President Biden on all social platforms, our messages have all been left unread,” Williams laments. “Perhaps they are stuck in his spam folder.”

Williams bought a plot of land in the California desert to create his country.

As the Sultan of Slowjamastan, Williams has introduced unusual decrees like banning Crocs footwear. But his main vision is establishing legitimacy on the world stage for his DIY nation-building project in the middle of nowhere.

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