The quirky micronation of North Macedonia – BBC Travel
Nikolina also stated that, if necessary, the Republic of Vevčani could become a serious entity again in the future. “It’s a very political village,” she said. “Our village always comes first. If we held another referendum in the future, I think it would be possible for the village to be independent and continue to be successful.”
After lunch, Velkoska took me to take a peek inside the new Vevčani Museum, which is due to open later this year. Inside, political artwork depicted the Vevčani emergency and the Republic of Vevčani, as well as a photographic exhibition dedicated to the centuries-old Vevčani carnival. Interestingly, she says, Carnival is indeed centuries-old satire, because satire is what Vevčani does best. Like his self-proclaimed micronation status, it is Vevčani’s way of mocking authorities, and many of the costumes and masks are politically charged, parodying the government or ridiculing recent political events.
Before taking the bus back to Lake Ohrid, I asked Velkoska if she thought the Republic of Vevčani was serious or satirical. “Vevčani still has his disagreements with the government,” she said. “But we are too small to be independent. We would have a weak economy. It’s a good idea, but for now it’s just for fun.”
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