Liberland, a self-proclaimed micronation between Serbia and Croatia

April 18, 2015 7:39 pm

 Flag of Liberland, a self-proclaimed micronation between and .

Apolitician from the is claiming to be the president of a new “independent sovereign state” in the Balkans.
Vit
Jedlicka, a member of the Conservative Party of Free Citizens, is the
self-appointed president of “Liberland”, a 7sq km “country” where taxes
are optional and there is no military. Only the Vatican and Monaco are
smaller.
It is situated on the banks of the Danube between Serbia
and Croatia in an unclaimed no-man’s land, or terra nullious territory,
meaning that neither country has ever held full sovereignty over the
area.
Jedlicka claims his new country has been created within international law.
Czech
TN website says: “It’s not entirely clear to what extent the
activists are being serious, but they have turned up at the location of
their ‘state,’ where they have raised the flag.”
Jedlicka, however, seems to be sincere about the establishment of the new country.

A statement announcing the creation of Liberland read: “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.”
Its motto reads: “To live and let live.”
Jedlicka,
31, said that if Croatia or Serbia wanted to oppose the creation of the
country then he would only put up a “passive defence”.
Speaking to Time Magazine,
he said: “We will move, but we will keep our claim to the country,” and
added he was still awaiting a diplomatic response from Liberland’s
neighbours.
He claimed Liberland had been founded as a political
stunt to attempt to garner media attention: “It started a little bit
like a protest. But now it’s really turning out to be a real project
with real support.”
The country has apparently already received around 20,000 applications for citizenship.
Some people, Jedlicka says, have made plans to relocate.
The
country’s website gives details of how to apply to be a citizen of
Liberland, which include sending an email of introduction and an
optional CV.
Jedlicka will apparently only enable between 3000 and 5000 people to be granted citizenship over the coming weeks.
He
hopes that in the future the country will be comparable to
Liechtenstein, a 160sq km country bordering Switzerland and with
a population of around 37,000.
On the website it states:
“Liberland needs people who:
Have
respect for other people and respect the opinions of others, regardless
of race, ethnicity, orientation or religion; Have respect for private
ownership which is untouchable; do not have communist, Nazi or other
extremist past; were not punished for criminal offences.”

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