You might not think seven square kilometers of land is good for much. But with a bit of imagination and a lot of hard work, it could be the site of a futuristic city built on libertarian dreams. That’s the principle behind Liberland, a new micro-nation nestled between Serbia and Croatia.
On the 3rd of December, Coined Times attended a presentation by Liberland President Vit Jedlicka at a Rotary event in Belgrade, Serbia. He had some interesting thoughts on how blockchain and crypto can help realize his libertarian utopia.
“We want to Uberize the police”
There’s nothing like a shocking statement to get an audience’s attention. Of all the ideas Jedlicka pitched, revolutionizing the concept of police work was probably the most unexpected.
On the whole, though, Jedlicka’s calm manner made even his more outlandish propositions seem achievable. While he has his skeptics, this 35-year-old Czech politician seems convinced that his efforts will bear fruit one day.
Of course, self-confidence alone doesn’t equate to success. That’s why Jedlicka and his community are investing a lot of effort into lobbying for Liberland. They’ve got the support of prominent libertarian politicians like Ron Paul, as well as rich investors.
None other than Dr. Ron Paul was with us last night at Anarchapulco to receive his Liberland passport as recognition of his lifetime achievements for liberty. #Liberland #libertarian #Acapulco #Mexico #RonPaul pic.twitter.com/itZfGPjozy
— Liberland (@Liberland_org) February 17, 2018
So far, almost 600,000 people have applied for citizenship of Liberland. The community seems to be gaining support in American Congress and other parts of the world.
According to Jedlicka: “the country will function as a meritocracy”. The principle is simple:
The more taxes you pay, more votes you will have.
This is basically an invitation for Liberlanders to “buy shares” in a country. Citizens won’t go to jail if they don’t pay any taxes, but they won’t have the right to vote either.
Jedlicka invites entrepreneurs to open blockchainized companies under its jurisdiction. After all, Liberland advertises itself as a tax haven.
Liberland as a DAO
According to Jedlicka, everything will be “blockchainized,” from the judiciary to the governance itself. He seems to be impressed with “justice protocol” Kleros (PNK) and DAOstack (GEN), both built on Ethereum. As said in his presentation, “The country will be run as a DAO“ – a Decentralized Autonomous Organization.
A DAO consists of a programmed set of rules, which are transparent, controlled by users, and not influenced by a central authority. It is the most complex form of a smart contract and potentially one of the most disruptive applications of blockchain technology.
Liberland’s financial core is supposed to revolve around a two-coin system. One of these will be a stable privacy coin, while the other coin will be used to stabilize it. It sounds like MakerDAO but with the privacy option added. The community is still not sure which coin they’ll pick, or if they’ll make their own. Whatever the official currency will be, Jedlicka said other cryptocurrencies will always be welcome to “freely reside in Liberland.”
No man’s land
Even though the land was unclaimed for three decades, Croatian authorities are making it difficult for Liberland to exist and flourish. Croatia claims this piece of land belongs to Serbia, but Serbian authorities denied that by saying that this new state was not formed on their territory. Given that neither the Serbian nor the Croatian governments want this no man’s land, it’s unclear why Croatia appears to oppose Liberland.
Croatian police have detained Jedlicka and others for questioning on a few occasions. They even bulldozed the only house on Liberland’s territory. But all this has not disheartened Jedlicka, who seems like a calm and stubborn man. He is trying hard to gain the Croatian government’s understanding. He’s even considering negotiating an official annual fee for their support.
Croatian patrol boats often bother Liberland’s tourist boat by following it across the Danube river. Despite this, its tourist fleet is about to grow. New additions, such as this “Bitcoin Freedom” vessel, are coming soon.
Jedlicka and his team are also considering building helipads – and possibly even an airport. As part of promotion efforts, they made Liberbeer ale in collaboration with Dogma brewery and chose Miss Liberland to participate in beauty pageants.
But the real step towards nationhood involves recognition by other countries. So far, only Somaliland has recognized Liberland. However, Somaliland itself has not been recognized by any UN country, although its passport is accepted in eight countries, France and UAE included.
As one attendee of Monday’s presentation noted:
I am surprised to find out that this is not just a virtual internet country. It is supposed to exist in a physical form as well.