BRUSSELS, BELGIUM -- Today, the new nation: Free Republic of Liberland, laid out the case for its claim to a 7 square kilometer territory on the banks of the Danube river, between Serbia and Croatia. The Liberland government, along with MEP Bill Etheridge, presented its project to Members of the European Parliament from a cross-section of parties, including Greens, Conservatives, and members of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) faction, to the EU Parliament and staff.
The current President of Liberland Vit Jedlicka, its Vice President Pierre-Louis Boitel and its Minister of Foreign Affairs, Thomas Walls, laid out their vision of the future of Liberland. In a world of over-taxation, and over-regulation, the ideas of Liberland are also very deeply rooted in the European traditions of individual liberty; as well as radical, forward-looking technologies such as Blockchain, digital democracy and DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization) systems.
Its broad appeal has attracted followers worldwide. What is interesting to note is that, it is neither the typical “partisan left” nor “right group,” although its founding ideas do come from classical liberalism such as - free trade and free markets, deregulation, and voluntary taxes - the new country has also stoked curiosity from diverse minds.
The panel discussed the following:
Economic benefits Liberland would bring to Serbia
Economic benefits Liberland would also, potentially bring to Croatia
The “Chicago Journal of International Law” article explained the justifications for Liberland’s existence.
Questions from the crowd (inside the EU Parliament hall)
MEP Bill Etheridge (who helped organize the event) added, “Liberland is an exciting opportunity, and a fantastic change in the landscape of Europe - politically, hopefully and geographically - it is a concept that will catch on - and I am very proud to be associated with such an idea.”
Due to being one-of-its-kind, and a revolutionary project at that, Liberland is making history! One reason for its early success is that it is enabling people to reach their ideals and live as they believe.
Liberland has attracted well over 550,000 applicants who have applied for citizenship to date.