West Who is a micronation, a small self-declared nation with a population of 175 citizens. Founded as a republic in 1969, West Who has elected officials in its government including the President and Senate. The Republic of West Who is located in Southern California 45 miles east of Los Angeles. West Who is only .02 of an acre in size making it one of the world's smallest countries. It's currency, the West Who Dollar, is pegged at 20 US cents. The 20 dollar bill pictured below is worth four U.S. dollars.
Interesting Facts about West Who - Did you know that...
... with an area of just .02 acres West Who is smaller than Liechtenstein or the Vatican City?
... West Who has not won any Olympic medals?
... the sale of West Who postage stamps generate 100% of the country's gross income?
... West Who shares it’s National Anthem with Zimbabwe?
... West Who does have a currency of its own, the West Who Dollar which is pegged at 20 cents U.S. currency?
... West Who has not had an army since 1991?
... West Who is 213 meters above sea level?
... West Who is completely surrounded by the territory of the State of California?
... per capita twice as many people in West Who play a musical instrument as in the United States?
... it is not uncommon for members of the government to take part in the country's diverse cultural scene as actors in musicals or musicians who perform in concerts?
... Farr is the most common surname in West Who? (the second most common is Roberts)
... the West Who President was ticketed while visiting Italy?
... West Who citizens pay no income tax?
... every child born in West Who receives a copy of “Horton Hears a Who”, the favorite children’s reading book in the nation?
... West Who is the only country in the world to celebrate Las Vegas Day, a holiday dedicated to gambling?
... the Republic of West Who has no coastline, no airport and no harbor?
It all started in 1969 ...
This historic picture of Prime Minister Craig Carter of Is-Was and President John Farr of West Who was taken in 1974.
History of West Who
West Who was named after nice but imaginary people called the Who's in a Dr. Suess childrens book. The history of West Who dates back to 1969. The nation was established by John Farr and Craig Carter, two students in California, who decided to create their own countries, naming them West Who and Is-Was. Working to develop independent countries the students created their own currency, postage stamps, government, newspapers and other aspects of a nation. The President of West Who and the Prime Minister of Is-Was declared their nations independent of the United States where both students lived in 1970. Their friends joined in the fun and made their own countries too. The various mirconations declared war on each other, made alliances and generally enjoyed themselves for a number of years. Over time, West Who developed as an independent micronation. Today it's citizens are happy people who are free and independent. For many years elections were sporatic in West Who, but as the nation has grown general elections now occur on a yearly basis.
Postage stamps featuring the Director of the Space Agency and the Foreign Minister
You can purchase West Who postage stamps for one dollar U.S.