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Welcome to Atlantium, the Nation Formed in a Backyard

George Cruickshank is not your average emperor. At age 15, he carved out a piece of his mother's backyard in New South Wales, Australia, and dubbed it the capital city of Atlantium. Thirty years later, His Imperial Majesty George II reigns over some 3,000 citizens scattered around the world. In this quirky short from director Craig Rasmus, take a journey to Australia’s smallest micro-nation—the empire of Atlantium.

Credits: Craig Rasmus (Director), Rita Gagliardi (Producer), Hugh Miller (DOP), Laurence Van Camp (Editor), New Holland Creative (Animation), Sonar Music (Music)

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.