Have you ever heard of a country called Liberland? Chances are you probably haven't. That's because it's a brand new micronation that was just established by Czech politician Vit Jedlicka. When Yugoslavia divided into Serbia and Croatia in the 90's, there were many territories claimed by both countries, with disputes continuing even today. Curiously, there were also several territories claimed by neither country. Jedlicka thought the largest of these unclaimed territories would be the perfect place to set-up his new Libertarian country, Liberland.
Liberland now has a flag, a national anthem, a website, and even a motto, "To live and let live." Jedlika and his small team have far more people that want to become citizens than they ever anticipated. They asked for 5,000 participants and they currently have over 160,000 applicants. Jedlicka originally intended for Liberland to be more of a political stunt, but now he sees it as a great opportunity to test run a true Libertarian society.
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Jedlicka says that his aim "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." He wants to find the minimum amount of government regulation needed for a society to function.
However, the Croatian military still controls this land, so Liberland's status as a nation will likely remain questionable for some time. There's also the fact that this area of land is being claimed by a group who want it to be part of Antarctica, and another group that's attempting to claim it for a nation from a parallel universe. Needless to say, Liberland may have quite the uphill battle ahead of them in terms of becoming a true recognized country of the world.
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