When have micronations begun to be popular?
Before states could come into being, organisations more complex than families and small natural communities had to evolve into corporations, or something closest to the modern corporation.
The word 'corporation' derives from the word corpus, the Latin word for 'body' or 'body of people'. In ancient Rome, shrewd merchants interested in expanding their holdings even after their deaths, eventually created entities which carried on business, and were the subjects of legal rights.
The first true corporations eventually gathered enough power to form conglomerates or syndicates called municipal corporations (think of Rome).
Later these corporations evolved as the cities became more concentrated with people, but also more dependent on the agricultural and labour resources of the suburbia. At this stage, the cities needed to secure the flow of agricultural and people resources to them, and the most efficient way to achieve that was through wider monopolies called regional corporations (think of the Latin League).
Later still, these corporations evolved into national corporations (think of the latter part of the Roman Republic) when the monopoly of the region became insufficient to ensure the municipal monopolies. Eventually the national corporations evolved into continental corporations (think of the Roman Empire). These municipal, regional, national, and continental corporations were very efficient at expropriating and monopolising people and resources through the "divide and conquer" principle which eventually came to dominate. It was only later, with the Industrial Revolution, that non-governmental corporations began their rise to power, never quite eclipsing the governmental corporations, however.
So before micronations could exist, corporations had to come into being, as these are the organisations that eventually evolved into municipal corporations, regional corporations, and national and even continental corporations. Later still, non-governmental corporations began to acquire greater and greater power, and today many non-state actors (NSAs) such as multinational corporations (MNCs) or international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) are considered subjects of International law, even though traditionally sovereign states and the Holy See were the sole subjects of International law.
The first micronations to form in the vicinity of Rome were relatively isolated communities, which somehow managed to preserve their indipendence from larger states, and now many of these territorial micronations are de jure or recognised microstates such as Andorra, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City.
As mentioned in a previous chapter, micronations arose primarily in areas where historical anomalies were present, which preserved some isolated communities from the excessive or total control of larger states. Today micronations are forming more rapidly because of the Internet, but the same forces which historically transformed municipal corporations into regional and national corporations still exist, and still have an influence. Micronations usually start on the whim of one or more individuals, but grow, expand, and endure only when the usual legal monopolies fail to create sufficient prosperity and meaning for their subjects, in order to make up for their abuses of power, and dissatisfaction with life becomes not the exception, but the general rule.