Imagine a world where the currency is not made more and more worthless every day by a private company and a government out of control. Imagine a place where private ownership is respected, above all else, by citizens as well as by the government itself. Imagine a land where your digital currency is not regulated out of existence, or double-taxed to fund the coffers, but is indeed the currency of choice. If you long for such a place of such simple, honest values, welcome to Liberland, a haven for your digitally-encrypted, libertarian dreams
What is Liberland?
Liberland is a remarkably small country, all of seven square kilometers, making it the third smallest country on Earth (after Monaco and The Vatican). It lies nestled on the Danube River on an unclaimed parcel of land between Croatia and Serbia. And it is exactly five days old, as of this writing, so it may not have an impressive heritage, but it sure has loads of potential, based on the declarations of their founders in an official statement this week:
“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.”
Given the fact that the country is only a few days old, it lacks a few of the frills we've come to expect from what passes for normal statist governance. No working post office, or even a place to receive "snail mail" (they do have an email address). Yes to a Twitter and Facebook account. No to an airport or national military force. As for the citizenry, they do have four strict requirements for the people to meet before being granted legal entry:
- Have respect for other people and respect the opinions of others, regardless of their race, ethnicity, orientation, or religion
- Have respect for private ownership that is untouchable
- Do not have communist, nazi or another extremist past
- You were not punished for past criminal offenses
Sounds fair enough. Registration and application for the new country are going just swimmingly, as over 20,000 people have already applied, with over 100,000 expected overall by week's end. They only have seven volunteers, so processing is only promised "in due time." Only three to five thousand will be granted citizenship in the near future, and a similar constituency to Liechtenstein (country of about 35,000 people) is expected. And don't expect a private printing press of fiat currency to bury the nation in debt to the banking cartels, oh no. Bitcoin and other decentralized digital currencies will be the money of the land.
“We have been dissatisfied with our government. It takes money out of people’s pockets and sends it to rich oligarchs through the system of subsidies. Elections cannot change this because the media are now under the control of the oligarchs. So we decided we want out. We decided to start a country of our own in Terra Nulius. In No Man’s Land,” explains the President of Liverland, Vít Jedlička.
To register for future online citizenship applications, visit their website @ Liberland.org
Images provided by Liberland.org. Time, Zero Hedge and The Blaze contributed to this article.
Last modified (UTC): April 19, 2015 10:21 PM