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Kugelmugel is a former micronation
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 located in Vienna
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, Austria
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Located in Vienna
Vienna
Vienna is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Austria and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria's primary city, with a population of about 1.723 million , and is by far the largest city in Austria, as well as its cultural, economic, and political centre...

 Prater
Prater
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, the Republic of Kugelmugel declared independence in 1984, after disputes between artist
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 Edwin Lipburger and Austrian authorities over building permits for the ball-shaped house he built at the address. The house is enclosed by a barbed-wire fence and is the only address within the proclaimed Republic. Its address is "2, Antifaschismusplatz" (2, Anti-Fascism Square, 2 refers to the 2nd district Leopoldstadt), and the founder is one of the 389 citizens. Lipburger refused to pay taxes to the Austrian government and began to print his own stamps
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, for which he received a prison sentence in court. Only a pardon by the Austrian President
President of Austria
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 saved him from going to jail.

Austrian state officials later relocated the structure and surrounded it with barbed wire fencing.

Kugelmugel has since become a tourist attraction in Vienna due to its unique history and architecture. The word "Kugel" means "sphere" in German
German language
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; the word "Mugel" is an Austrian German
Austrian German
Austrian German , or Austrian Standard German, is the national standard variety of the German language spoken in Austria and in the autonomous Province of South Tyrol...

expression for "bump" or "mogul".

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