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|Independent State of Aramoana
|Aramoana, New Zealand----|
|Established||23 December 1980|
Aramoana, officially the Independent State of Aramoana is a micronation based in New Zealand, and existed in the 1980s. It was founded in opposition to a plan by a consortium composed of New Zealand-based Fletcher Challenge, Australia's CSR Limited and Swiss firm Alusuisse to build a large aluminium smelting facility in an environmentally sensitive area known as Aramoana at the head of Otago Harbour, near Dunedin, on New Zealand's South Island.
The smelter plan called for the destruction of the villages of Aramoana and Te Ngaru, and also threatened a local wildlife reserve. In response to this the residents of the area announced their secession from New Zealand on 23 December, 1980, established a "border post" and "travelling embassy", printed passports, citizenship certificates and postage stamps, and set about using the resultant publicity to build a national grassroots campaign in opposition to the smelter.
The investment companies failed to secure additional investment capital required for the project and eventually abandoned the project. This paved the way for a peaceful reintegration of the Independent State of Aramoana back under New Zealand's sovereignty once again.