Vit Jedlicka, a 31-year-old libertarian from the Czech Republic, has recently founded his own country on a patch of disputed land between Croatia and Serbia. OddityCentral has more:
Vit, who is an active member of the conservative Party of Free Citizens in the Czech Republic, has long since wanted to live in a country that doesn’t have an army, and where taxes are optional. When he realised that his ambitions may never be fulfilled in his own country, he decided to found a new one instead. ‘The Free Republic of Liberland’ functions based on a very simple but important principle – Live and Let Live.
It has no army and taxes are optional. According to an official statement, “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.”
Vit currently serves as the president of Liberland, and will be granting citizenship to about 3,000 to 5,000 people in the next few weeks. The nation’s immigration office, consisting of seven employees, is currently sifting through applications. Surprisingly, a whopping 160,000 people have applied for citizenship! Vit said that he expects the Liberland to eventually have about 35,000 citizens. “We have the busiest immigration office in the world,” he joked.