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from <www.imperial-collection.net>. reprted by Cai Zhenyuan
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Rose Island was a short-lived micronation on a platform in the Adriatic Sea, seven miles off the coast of Rimini, Italy.
In 1964, Italian engineer Giorgio Rosa built the 400-meter-square platform, supported by nine strong pylons on the seabed. Reportedly, this platform eventually housed a restaurant, a bar, a night club, a souvenir shop, a post office, and perhaps a radio station.
The artificial island declared independence on 24 June 1968, under the Esperanto name "Insulo de la Rozoj". Stamps, currency, and a flag were produced.
The Italian government sent troops to crush the rebellion. Two carabinieri and two inspectors of finances landed on the "Isole delle Rose" and took over the just-born state. The platform's Council of Government sent a telegram to protest against the violation of its sovereignty, and the injury inflicted on local tourism by such a military occupation, but this was ignored. The island was destroyed by the Italian Navy.
Rose Island's flag was orange, with a white shield in the center bearing three red roses with green leaves and stems.
Gabriel Beecham, 8 April 2004
Having read the webpage at <www.imperial-collection.net>, I very much doubt whether the micronation known as "Rose Island" has ever even existed beyond imagination. I mean, how could one engineer construct a platform on nine pylons, in deep water eleven kilometres off the coast, without being stopped by the Italian Navy in the first place?
Miles Li, 30 January 2005
But the Italian Navy stopped it. A bit too late, as apparently the struture was already half erected and the seabed in that spot is only a couple meters deep, that's why they chose that location. There were also some stamps ("Cinderella" stamps), with esperanto "country" name (Insulo de la Rozoj, or Rozinsulo - I dont remember). The flag is new to me, though.
António Martins, 9 February 2005