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A Czech Man Is Setting Up A Tiny New Libertarian Country In Europe

Vít Jedlička declared the creation of Liberland earlier this month. The territory's neighbors Serbia and Croatia have not officially recognized it yet.

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Liberland takes up just seven square kilometers of unclaimed territory on the border between Serbia and Croatia. Here’s a map from Liberland’s website (it didn’t come up when BuzzFeed News searched on Google Maps).

He’s had around 250,000 requests for citizenship in four days, he told AFP earlier this week. He wants Liberland to have optional taxes and make many decisions by referendum.

Facebook: LiberLandOfficialPage

However, before you rush to apply, it's not yet clear if Liberland is actually 100% official.

The 1933 Montevideo Convention – a document often cited for its definition of what is a country and what isn't – says a place needs four things to be classed as a country: a defined territory, a permanent population, a government, and the ability to interact with other governments.

Jedlička says Liberland fulfills all of those conditions. But in practice a new country also needs to be recognized by other countries, according to this handy 2008 guide from Foreign Policy magazine.

Neither Croatia nor Serbia have responded yet to Jedlička's letters declaring Liberland's independence, Business Insider reported on Wednesday. Croatia still in effect controls the stub of territory, even though it doesn't claim it as part of its country, the website Verge reported. Its border patrol has reportedly even turned away one group of journalists who tried to get into Liberland, the Washington Post reported.

Shyamantha Asokan is a foreign news reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Shyamantha Asokan at shyamantha.asokan@buzzfeed.com.

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