Congratulations to Liberland, the world’s newest country!
This is a proud moment. The brand new country of Liberland, all of 2.7 square miles
(roughly 16 times larger than Vatican City), has been created. Nestled right in between the sovereign nations of Serbia and Croatia on the river Danube, the new micro-nation is proud to be completely committed to Liberty (Don’t believe it? Just read its Constitution).
From the Guardian:
Accessible only by car via miles of winding, dusty Croatian roads, Gornja Siga – current population zero – is an unlikely testing ground for a plan to shape the world’s political future. It is a secluded area where verdant forest meets white sand on a western bank of the river Danube. The only signs of life are a single dilapidated building with a curious flag flying outside, pheasants, deer, the occasional wild boar, and eagles and falcons overhead. Brazil activists to walk 600 miles for ‘free markets, lower taxes and privatisation’ Read more Yet last Monday the Eurosceptic Czech politician Vit Jedlicka and two other libertarians declared this 7 sq km (2.7 sq miles) of Serbo-Croat no-man’s-land the world’s newest sovereign state, naming it Liberland. Despite abstaining in Liberland’s first presidential election, Jedlicka emerged victorious, thanks to votes from his fellow founding father and Liberland’s founding mother (also his girlfriend, and now the nation’s first lady). Then things began to get weird. In the week since Liberland announced its creation and invited prospective residents to join the project, they have received about 200,000 citizenship applications – one every three seconds – from almost every country in the world. Prospective citizens are also offering Liberland their expertise in areas from solar power and telecoms to town planning and coin minting. “There is a spontaneous ordering taking place,” Jedlicka says. “People have planned the whole city in three days and others really want to move in and invest … what seemed like a dream now really looks possible.” Liberland’s only stipulations are that applicants respect individual rights, opinions and private property, and have no criminal record or Nazi or Communist party background. Jedlicka says: “The model citizen of Liberland would be [American founding father] Thomas Jefferson, which is why we established the country on his birthday. Citizens will be able to pursue happiness and this is the place where we can make this happen.”
This is both great and sad at the same time. The mere fact they have already had hundreds of thousands of people who would renounce their citizenship immediately to move to this tiny piece of land is evidence of just how little freedom there is left in the world.
Exit thought: While I am truly rooting for this experiment to succeed, I can’t help but think of this.