[The following post is by TDV Editor In Chief, Jeff Berwick]

A Czech man has created a new country. He’s calling it Liberland to celebrate the sort of liberty-based ideals championed by libertarians. But, his project is much more than just a libertarian enclave. Rather, it’s a big step forward for freedom on Planet Earth.

Liberland is a new European country founded upon the principles of freedom, and that’s why I’ve applied for citizenship just three days after its founding.

Vit Jedlička is a member of the conservative Party of Free Citizens in the Czech Republic and is the self-appointed President of Liberland, which sits on unclaimed terra nullius territory between Serbia and Croatia. The 3 square miles is a place where taxes are optional and military does not exist.

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“The objective of the founders of the new state is to build a country where honest people can prosper without being oppressed by governments making their lives unpleasant through the burden of unnecessary restrictions and taxes,” reads a statement announcing the new country. “To live and let live” is the country’s motto, and that’s one of many reasons I have to support such an effort.

“It started a little bit like a protest,” Jedlička, who is 31 years old, told TIME. “But now it’s really turning out to be a real project with real support.”

30,000 applications have been submitted for citizenship, and mine is one of them.

“We have the busiest immigration office in the world,” Jedlička  quipped.

The country can be found on the west bank of the Danube between Croatia and Serbia, land which has long been unclaimed due to a border dispute.

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Jedlička  is writing the constitution, which will “significantly limits the power of politicians so they could not interfere too much in the freedoms of the Liberland nation.”

Liberland is currently accepting applications for citizenship from applicants who: “Have respect for other people and respect the opinions of others, regardless of their race, ethnicity, orientation, or religion, have respect for private ownership, which is untouchable, do not have communist, nazi or any other extremist past, and were not punished for past criminal offences.”

Jedlička has even intonated that Liberland is considering creating its own cryptocurrency, and that the nascent nation accepts all currencies, Bitcoin included.

Jedlička says that under terra nullius, which is a Latin expression derived from Roman law meaning “nobody’s land,” he has legitimately claimed the unoccupied territory by international law standards. Sovereignty over territory which is considered terra nullius may be acquired through occupation. Whether or not this is the case in Liberland remains to be seen.

THE VIGILANTE VIEW ON LIBERLAND

At three days old, Liberland is certainly not a sure thing… at all!  But whenever a movement like this occurs we support it fully.

Will it work?

That all depends on what the meaning of the word “work” is.

Do I think it will truly become a sovereign country, not get taken over by other states, become recognized by other states and turn into a 3 square mile Singapore?   Well, that’s a long shot to be sure!  And, at the very least, will take a long time.

Numerous other attempts at doing something like this have occurred in the past with fairly poor results.  Sealand, which proclaims to be a sovereign nation built upon an old oil platform in the North Sea is probably one of the most well-known.  While it has an incredibly interesting history, even having been tried to be taken over in a failed attempt, it still is not recognized internationally.  And so, while you may have a Sealand passport, good luck travelling with it and also good luck proclaiming that you are a citizen of it and therefore do not have to pay tax in your country of birth should you wish to proclaim residency there.

That will also be the main struggle for Liberland.  Other states are not wont to recognize new nation states that have no taxes and no major regulations.  It makes them look bad in comparison!

Liberland, at least, has an advantage on Sealand in that it actually looks like what people are used to a country looking like.  It’s actual land and so far the founders of Liberland are trying to make it look like what people are used to a country looking like with a flag and a constitution.

Why did I apply for citizenship?  Why not?  It’s easy and free.  When I applied yesterday you just needed to send some basic information about yourself to their email address.  But, in this fast moving new micronation, they appear to already be building an online application form on their site which says, at the time of this writing, that it will be ready in a few hours.

While they had over 30,000 people already apply for citizenship they say they will likely only accept 5,000-10,000 due to the small size of the country.  And so, I figured, why not apply just in case it works.

For those looking to get a second citizenship in order to disentangle yourself from the country which currently purports to own you, is this a real solution?  Obviously, at this time, no.  They currently do not even have passports.  If they do it is unlikely other nations will recognize it (making it impossible to travel with).  As for using it as a banking/financial passport we’ll just have to wait and see if it is recognized in the future. (to get a second citizenship in countries that are currently recognized go to TDVPassports.com)

But, for now, we wish Liberland all the best in its pursuit of independence.  We are in favor of separation and secession in any and all ways.  The more governments in the world, the better.  Decentralization of political power is the key to peace and prosperity on Earth.  Centralization of political power, which at its extreme means a one world government, is the key to tyranny and impoverishment… Hell on Earth.

We’ll definitely be watching the development of this new libertarian micronation.

Liberland über alles!

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