How to become a citizen of Liberland

I became a Liberland citizen this month! Let me share some information for those of you who are considering doing likewise.

First, what is Liberland?

Liberland flag

Founding

Liberland (officially the “Free Republic of Liberland”) is a tiny, libertarian country in Europe nestled between Serbia and Croatia. The territory was claimed by Liberland since it was previously a “no man’s land” after the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.

Src: https://liberland.org/en/about

The Danube River serves as a border mark between Serbia and Croatia. However, since all rivers tend to evolve over time, a dispute arose between the two countries over which version of the border was valid: the old river path, or the new river path. The old river path gave Croatia a net increase in territory, while the new river path gave Serbia a net increase. Since every country wants to have the maximum possible claim to territory, each side asserted that the border was on the opposite river path from what the other claimed. Since each side wanted to not undermine their own claim to their own version of the map, there ended up being pieces of land that were claimed by NEITHER country. The biggest of those unclaimed pieces was eventually claimed as the newly formed Free Republic of Liberland by President Vít Jedlička, First Lady Jana Markovicova, and Jaromír Miškovský on 13 April, 2015. That day is also the birthday of the American Revolutionary icon Thomas Jefferson.

Liberland founding document

Principles

Liberland is aspiring to become the most libertarian nation on earth.

Former U.S. Congressman Ron Paul, Bitcoin.com Founder Roger “Bitcoin Jesus” Ver, and Nomad Capitalist Founder Andrew Henderson are among the many notable people in libertarianism who are counted among Liberland’s citizens.

While the details of the Liberland Constitution are still being worked-out, some of the key features that are proposed include:

  • Zero taxes (with the possible exception of a “land fee”).
  • All government operations funded with voluntary crowdfunding.
  • Blockchain-powered political systems.
  • Merit system where those who contribute more to the country are rewarded with more influence in the political process.
  • No restrictions on civilian ownership of “small arms” as defined internationally.
  • No standing army, but rather a “territorial defense force” which only defends the defined borders of Liberland in the event of invasion.
  • No regulations on marriage.
  • Freedom of speech, the press, religion, etc.
  • No government involvement in education.
  • A legislative, an executive, and a judicial branch.
  • No government debt obligations.

Status

Since Liberland claimed its territory before any other country, it has rightful claim to it.

However, since the border dispute between Croatia and Serbia is ongoing, the Croatian police have been occupying Liberland’s territory (despite not claiming it as their own), refusing to allow Liberlandians to enter Liberland. However, that fact has not stopped Liberland from making progress with arranging a free trade zone with Serbia and encouraging settlement communities on the Serbian side of the Danube.

Within the first few years, there were Liberlandians who attempted to enter Liberland, but were stopped and arrested by the Croatian police. However, that seems to be happening less now.

In the meantime, President Jedlička and the many Liberland representatives in countries around the world have been working to achieve recognition and support of Liberland’s right to exist.

The Liberland Aid Foundation has also been doing humanitarian work around the globe to help show that Liberlandians are willing to help make the world around them a better place.

While Liberland has diplomatic passports, there are not yet “normal” passports for everyday Liberlandians. However, that is something that is being worked on. In the meantime, citizens can receive a certificate of citizenship.

Who should apply for Liberland citizenship?

Liberland citizenship is for people who are willing “To Live and Let Live” as the Liberland national motto goes.

This includes, but is not limited to, libertarians, capitalists, minarchists, anarchists, and classical liberals. Liberlandians come from a diverse range of professions, nations, religions, ethnicities, etc. The unifying theme, however, is that of a global community of people who want to help build the freest, most innovative nation on earth.

Who should NOT apply for Liberland citizenship?

Given the libertarian nature of Liberland, there are a number of people who should probably stay away from it. Take the following conversation I had with someone on Facebook, for example.

JM: “I am now a US-Liberland dual citizen!”
DWV: “You’re just greedy. You already have great citizenship. I’m stuck in South Africa. …So how do I get it?”
JM: “[M]y first tip for you is to be nice and not call people ‘greedy’ for wanting to become global citizens. …Besides, if you can’t help but complain out of envy at the success of others, then you probably would hate life in Liberland. Liberland is for people who are willing to tolerate unequal success among legally equal individuals.”

Simply put, collectivists would not enjoy life in Liberland. The intolerant would not enjoy life in Liberland. The envious would not enjoy life in Liberland. There are naturally going to be some individuals who are more successful than others. There are also inevitably going to be a diverse range of people who are successful. Therefore, the aforementioned groups (collectivists, intolerant, and envious) should all stay out of Liberland for their own sakes.

In addition to that, Liberland explicitly denies citizenship to Nazis and Communists.

Prerequisites for citizenship

E-residency

People who are interested in Liberland citizenship can start by registering an account on the official Liberland website at liberland.org and completing the application form for e-residency.

Liberland e-residency card

My advice here is to BE HONEST. Regardless of your net worth or income right now, you still have a shot at being accepted.

Just like how Dale Carnegie’s iconic bestselling book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” says, you must “Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.”* Therefore, when you answer the questions on the form, focus on how you will help Liberland. While it is fine to mention what you are looking to gain from Liberland, do NOT focus on your own wants or needs. There are literally hundreds of thousands of applicants for Liberland citizenship worldwide. I am sure that many of them also “want” or “need” to get citizenship. However, Liberland is unable to accept all applicants. Can you really blame them when their territory is just seven square kilometres?

That is why you need to make your application stand-out by saying how you will help make Liberland better. You can be a software developer, an architect, a lawyer, a physician, a mechanic, a welder, an entrepreneur, a libertarian activist, a journalist, a songwriter, and more. Whatever career you have, you can be a contributor to the Liberland economy. If you are an investor, Liberland is also ready to welcome you by offering a business-friendly regulatory environment, starting with the Apatin Free Trade Zone in Serbia.

KYC

New applicants must go through KYC (Know Your Client) vetting to make sure they have a reasonably clean criminal record. After all, nobody wants to live next door to a convicted terrorist.

The Liberland KYC-Chain interface

Contribute value to Liberland

Once you become a Liberland e-resident, you need to contribute value to the country in order to achieve citizenship.

Donate and/or volunteer for Liberland

This is the way I personally became a citizen. I wrote articles for Liberland Press and received Merits based on how much I wrote.

The Merit is Liberland’s official (crypto)currency, which is still being developed, but nonetheless is being used to quantify the contributions an individual has made. You need 5,000 Merits to become a citizen. I also made a few USD and BTC donations to Liberland, and was rewarded Merits for those as well.

As of the time of this writing, you can purchase 1 Liberland Merit for 1 USD. So, a $5,000 USD donation would be enough for citizenship. As far as citizenship by investment countries go, that is SUPER affordable. If you don’t believe me, watch some videos by Nomad Capitalist. The numbers for more widely recognized countries sell at around $100,000 USD and up.

Eventually, Merits will probably be used as a governance token for secure and verifiable elections. Therefore, you are incentivized to keep paying voluntary taxes in order to grow your Merit holdings and thus your voting power.

Invest in Liberland waterfront property

Alternatively, you can buy a property in the Liberlandian community on the Danube River through floating.ll.land and receive citizenship as part of the deal. Here are the three property types that are currently on the site.

Bitcoin Freedom cabin: €50k

Bitcoin Freedom is being renovated and has cabin(s) for sale.

Bitcoin Freedom src: https://www.floating.ll.land/
Cunami houseboat: €80k

A relatively large houseboat.

Cunami houseboat src: https://www.floating.ll.land/houseboat
Katamaran houseboat: €45k

A relatively small houseboat.

Katamaran houseboat src: https://www.floating.ll.land/katamaran

Follow up

If you have done everything that you are supposed to do according to the forms on the official sites and you still have not heard back regarding your application within a week or two, then send a (respectful) follow-up email. Explain how you want to help Liberland succeed and what you are already doing to help.

Conclusion

Best of luck to you!

Stay free, everyone!🕊️

Notes

*Carnegie, Dale. How to Win Friends and Influence People. P. 93.

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What is Bitcoin? Why is it special?

Bitcoin is the OG cryptocurrency.

But what is a cryptocurrency and why should I care?

Find out in this episode.


What is a cryptocurrency?

A cryptocurrency is a type of digital money, especially one that uses cryptography and decentralization to make sure that you can only spend each unit once and that you can only create new units after performing some service to the community.

You might ask, “But if I use digital US dollars already, what benefits do I gain by using crypto?”

There are many problems with the US dollar, which crypto can solve. Since this episode is an introduction, I will focus on Bitcoin—the “original gangsta”—and the solutions and limitations which it offers.

First, let’s analyze fiat currencies, like the US dollar, the euro, and the Chinese yuan.

Fiat

  1. Centrally controlled.
  2. Potentially unlimited quantity (think: inflation).
  3. Total quantity is tied to arbitrary decisions by the central authority.
  4. Can potentially be anonymous if dealt in cash. Not private if dealt digitally.
  5. Requires trust in people and institutions with whom you do business, along with intermediaries.
  6. (If deposited in a bank) Can be easily confiscated by authorities.
  7. Can be difficult to make cross-border payments.
  8. Transactions tend to be reversible.
  9. Transactions can be censored by governments, banks, and other institutions.

Bitcoin

  1. Decentralized. No single entity has power over the Bitcoin network. This is due to the fact that Bitcoin uses blockchain technology as its foundation.
  2. Total quantity limited at 21 million.
  3. Quantity of new bitcoins created is determined by an exponential decay function.
  4. Pseudonymous. Instead of using your real name, you use your public key. But beware: as soon as someone is able to link your public key to your real identity, your entire transaction history for that wallet is revealed.
  5. If you can understand the code, it is trustless. However, those who cannot read code must trust the code itself. However, they still do not need to trust any third party.
  6. If private keys are well-hidden, Bitcoin can be extremely difficult to be confiscated by authorities.
  7. Easy to send Bitcoin to anyone’s wallet, regardless of where they are in the world.
  8. Transactions are irreversible.
  9. Transactions can be completed despite what governments, banks, and other institutions think.

At the end of the day, no, Bitcoin the protocol can’t be regulated. Obviously, men with guns wearing costumes are scary, but a gun can’t change the mathematics behind Bitcoin.”

Roger Ver aka “Bitcoin Jesus”

Keep in mind, Bitcoin is the first cryptocurrency as we know it. Obviously, there are a TON of improvements that have been made to the concept. That’s why you see many different types of cryptocurrencies, from Bitcoin, to Bitcoin Cash, to Ethereum, to Litecoin, to Dogecoin, to Marscoin. Each of these cryptos has its own set of pros and cons, which I hope to address in future episodes.

My challenge to you all this week is to do a self-assessment of your own financial situation.

“If the dollar were to go into hyperinflation, would my family be prepared?”

“Is crypto a viable alternative to cash and card payments?”

“What if the government were to seize my entire bank account tomorrow through civil asset forfeiture? Would my entire net worth be down the tubes?”

Then decide what you should do NOW to prepare yourself for when trouble comes.

Special thanks to Jenni Thee Libertarian for giving myself, Outsmart Big Brother, and the Mars Initiative a shout-out on Twitter.

Jennifer works for Young Americans for Liberty. Her persistence is the reason I went ahead and submitted my application for YAL’s Revolution 2021 event this coming August.

By the way, did you know that the Mars Initiative (a nonprofit dedicated to funding humanity’s first trip to Mars) accepts (and HODLs) crypto donations? I volunteer for them and think that is really cool.

What topics would you like me to cover in future videos? Let me know in the comments.

Please like, follow, and share if you enjoy this content.

Stay free, everyone!

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Links for all outside content:

BTC image by xresch from Pixabay.

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Mars Initiative website.

For further study:

On civil asset forfeiture:

https://www.charleskochinstitute.org/issue-areas/criminal-justice-policing-reform/civil-asset-forfeiture/

https://www.aclu.org/issues/criminal-law-reform/reforming-police/asset-forfeiture-abuse

https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/civil_forfeiture

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