A San Diego man got sick of living in a regular country so he founded a nation of his own called Slowjamastan and crowned himself its sultan

Randy Williams standing behind a barrier leading to the micronation of Slowjamastan while wearing an official green uniform.
Randy Williams, the self-appointed sultan of Slowjamastan.Courtesy of the sultan of Slowjamastan
  • Randy Williams is a radio DJ from San Diego who loves slow jams.

  • He loves them so much that he named his own micronation, Slowjamastan, after them.

  • "I ran out of countries, so I created my own," Williams told CNN.

A San Diego man got so tired of living in a regular country that he founded one in the California desert.

Randy Williams, the self-appointed sultan of Slowjamastan, told CNN that he had visited every UN-recognized county in the world: "I ran out of countries, so I created my own," he said.

The micronation is an 11.07-acre plot of desert land off Southern California's Route 78. Its official name is the Republic of Slowjamastan, named for its leader's love of slow jams.

CNN reported that Slowjamastan — which has its own flag, currency, and national anthem — declared its sovereign status and seceded from the US proper on December 1, 2021.

It even has its own timezone, Slowjamastan Standard Time, and 12 states within the 11-acre space, including Dublândia, the capital.

Williams told CNN that he had visited at least one other micronation: the Republic of Molossia, a similarly sized micronation in Nevada that supposedly seceded from the US in 1998. Inspired by his visit, Williams went home and bought the land in California in October 2021 before declaring the country independent three months later.

Whether the independence of Slowjamastan is recognized is debatable. Williams told Insider that President Joe Biden had yet to acknowledge his micronation's secession via email and social media. The country's website says it's recognized by "The Sultan's mom" but does not list formal diplomatic relations with other nations.

In terms of governance, the nation of Slowjamastan currently defines itself as a "dictatorship," though that could change.

"Currently, we have 5,000+ amazing, registered Slowjamastanis in the census," Williams told Insider. "We do not have any elections planned, although it is not off the table. I'm trying to get this beautiful nation off the ground before I let anyone else run it into the ground!"

And it's not like Slowjamastan is a lawless place: It does have some rules, as defined in the "Slowjamastan Laws, Statutes and Regulations."

"Crocs are not allowed inside the Republic of Slowjamastan," the statute reads. "Punishment for violation: We will forcibly remove a 'Croc' and beat you over the head with it."

The sultan, meanwhile, remains gainfully employed in and outside of Slowjamastan.

"When he's not ruling over the world's newest nation, our Dear Leader hosts an internationally syndicated radio show called 'Sunday Night Slow Jams,' currently heard on over 200 radio stations across America," Williams' bio on Slowjamastan's website reads.

Despite being the supreme leader of the so-called land of slow jams, Williams wrote in his bio that he still spent "most of his time outside of Slowjamastan." That's around 70 miles away, where he works as a radio DJ at the San Diego stations Magic 92.5 and Z90.

"I visit as often as I can — working mostly out of our American Consulate here in San Diego, California, United States of America," Williams said. "It's here where I enjoy the luxury of electricity and running water. And a roof."

Williams said he had "big dreams" for Slowjamastan.

"I do wish to one day construct a grand palace for The Sultan and his harem, but for now, I am concentrating on the people," Williams told Insider.

He said that he planned to build a lazy river, an interactive armadillo farm, and an all-you-can-eat Mongolian restaurant on the plot.

"These are just dreams at the moment, although we have started on the lazy river," Williams said, acknowledging that it was now just "a dry gulch."

"There is no moving water, but on every other Wednesday, we bring the sprinkler out," he added.

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