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Man founds his own new European country

Posted on Saturday, 18 April, 2015 | Comment icon 25 comments

Vit Jedlicka is now the self-proclaimed President of Liberland. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Jan Husak
Vit Jedlicka has declared the creation of Liberland, a new independent state between Serbia and Croatia.
The Czech Republic politician is now claiming to hold the title of President within the new sovereign state which covers an area of just seven square kilometers and is located within a disputed area between its two neighboring countries.

Jedlicka maintains that the formation of Liberland is entirely within the boundaries of international law as neither Serbia nor Croatia have ever held sovereignty over the region.

"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," he said in a statement.

So far there have been 20,000 applications from people looking for citizenship within Liberland however this number is expected to rise to 100,000 or more within a matter of days.
While it isn't clear if either Serbia or Croatia will protest the formation of the new state, Jedlicka has insisted that in the event that they do he will put up only a "passive defense".

"We will move, but we will keep our claim to the country," he said.

While the 31-year-old admits that the whole idea had started out as little more than a political stunt, the runaway success of his new sovereign state has turned it in to something else entirely.

He is hoping that in the future Liberland could end up being something similar to Liechtenstein which, being situated between Austria and Switzerland, now has a population of 37,000 people.

Source: Belfast Telegraph | Comments (25)

Tags: Liberland, Serbia, Croatia

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #16 Posted by R. Evans on 19 April, 2015, 22:00
Well, he could possibly forge an alliance with the Duchy of Grand Fenwick... Exactly what I was thinking. Declare war on the US, lose and then get aid to rebuild. They'll have it made.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Champagne Supernova on 20 April, 2015, 10:26
Thats a coincidence, I was only watching this this morning. Go to 6:48 on the video.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Myles on 20 April, 2015, 11:56
Good luck to him. I'm jealous.
Comment icon #19 Posted by TripGun on 20 April, 2015, 14:12
I heard he has turned in his nuclear application.
Comment icon #20 Posted by paperdyer on 20 April, 2015, 15:53
Stangely enough Croats train bomb bees to sniff land mines. I dont know how far did they get with this ... The Croatian 'bomb bees' that can sniff out landmines from THREE MILES away http://www.dailymail...MILES-away.html That's where all of the bees are going! Too many of the bees are setting off the land mines!
Comment icon #21 Posted by paperdyer on 20 April, 2015, 15:56
i don't like the way they specify European country in the title, should ii be offended If you have to ask, you aren't.
Comment icon #22 Posted by regeneratia on 20 April, 2015, 23:34
How wonderful for him!! We should all try to do this. Make a new state out of a farm.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Scuzzy on 28 April, 2015, 10:15
I hear Russian tanks are already rolling over the horizon to help liberate the poor Liberlanders.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Cherry- on 28 April, 2015, 11:17
I wonder what his flag is going to be
Comment icon #25 Posted by keithisco on 28 April, 2015, 18:12
"Passport to Pimlico"!!!! Brilliant film from 1949 Ealing Studios when Pimlico in London, declares independence. Margaret Rutherford ( "The best Miss Marple") and Stanley Holloway. Eccentricity at its best

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