The scholars of the Unixplorian Micropatrological Research Institute (UMRI) specialize in the subject of micropatrology, sometimes also referred to as micronationalism. To put it short, micropatrology is the study of micronations and microstates.
There are some differences between micronations and microstates. Micronations are small unrecognized countries that often only exist on the internet or the minds of their creators. Microstates, on the other hand, are small macronations like the Vatican City. Microstates are often recognized by international organizations like the United Nations.