Do you ever want to just pack up and leave everything behind? Are you tired of paying taxes and following the government’s rules? Don’t you wish that a place existed where politics didn’t have a place?
If you answered yes to any of these, then you might actually have some hope. A separatist group in Europe is attempting to start a new country called the Free Republic of Liberland. The new nation allows almost anyone to join and be free of most government regulations. However, before Liberland becomes an actual country, they need to iron out a few major kinks.
Meet 31-year-old Vit Jedlicka, the founder of Liberland.
Jedlicka serves as the president of the Free Citizens Party in the Czech Republic. A self-described libertarian, Jedlicka protested against the European Union for years because of its impact on trade and business. If Liberland’s founding is a success, he will be the first president of the nation.
Liberland is an attempt to start a new country with almost no government and absolutely no taxes.
No taxes means no government services. Police, firefighters, and other emergency services in the country will be carried out by citizen volunteers. Anyone can sign up to become a citizen of Liberland through the country’s official website.
Liberland is less than four square miles.
Due to a border dispute between Croatia and Serbia, Liberland will claim a small part of unoccupied territory called Gornja Siga. Croatia technically controls this territory, but they don’t claim it. Citizens and visitors of Liberland still have to go through Croatian border patrol in order to get to the country.
No one actually lives in Liberland…yet.
Jedlicka still lives in the Czech Republic, and approved citizens of Liberland live in countries around the world. Croatian border patrol is not letting anyone into Liberland, including journalists, as they do not recognize it as a nation. As of now, Liberland exists entirely as a concept of a country and not an actual country. So while paying no taxes and running your own banks might be nice, no citizen of Liberland is actually able to enjoy such benefits in their own country.
Liberland might not be an official country yet, but they’re certainly on their way. They even have their own national anthem.
Not paying taxes would be nice, but having a standing government seems quite a bit nicer and provides more stability to citizens. Also, if the country whose land you are taking has trouble recognizing you as an actual country, then good luck getting the rest of the world to join your side.