The United States of Kailasa isn’t actually a real country. It was created by a controversial Indian guru and managed to sneak into two United Nations meetings in 2023.
The non-existent country was founded by Indian fugitive and self-proclaimed godman Nithyananda Paramashivam after he purchased an island in 2019 that was off the coast of Ecuador to serve as its headquarters. Despite the government of Ecuador denying any knowledge of the transaction, the United States of Kailasa was born and serves as the first sovereign state for Hindus.
Nithyananda Paramashivam has an extremely complicated past. In 2010, a female disciple had accused him of rape but he was only briefly arrested and then released on bail. On a different occasion, he was accused of kidnapping and confining children at his ashram in Gujarat, India, but days before he was due to show up in court, Paramashivam disappeared and has been on the run ever since.
Despite not making any public appearances in the last four years, the fictional nation’s ambition has grown steadily. So much so that this year, its representatives have attended two UN meetings that they technically shouldn’t have been a part of.
At one of the meetings, a woman introduced herself as Vijayapriya Nithyananda, “the permanent ambassador of the United States of Kailasa.” She even took the microphone and asked about “indigenous rights and sustainable development,” which a UN official later said were “irrelevant” and “tangential” to the issues actually being discussed at the meetings.
Apparently, the representatives of the non-existent country were able to gain entry to the meetings because the events were public so virtually anyone could attend.
In January 2023, the United States of Kailasa announced that it had also been officially recognized by the United States of America, citing a sister-city agreement with the city of Newark, New Jersey, as proof. That agreement was recently rescinded by U.S. authorities, which makes it seem like Newark officials were deceived by the non-existent nation.