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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Reading Comprehension text: Liberland

You are going to read a text about Liberland. Try to find out:
  • Where it is
  • What it is
  • Why it was founded
  • How long it has existed

Liberland, officially the Free Republic of Liberland (Czech: Svobodná republika Liberland) is an uninternationally recognized country situated on an unclaimed parcel of land at the western bank of the Danube river between Croatia and Serbia, sharing a land border with the latter. It was proclaimed on 13 April 2015 by Vít Jedlička.

The official website of Liberland states that the nation could be created due to the ongoing Croatia–Serbia border dispute. Since the Yugoslav Wars, some borderland territories have been disputed, such as the Island of Vukovar and the Island of Šarengrad; however, this area (also known as Gornja Siga) has remained unclaimed.

As described by Jedlička, neither Serbia, Croatia or any other nation claims the land as their own (terra nullius). The border is defined in accordance with both Croatian and Serbian border claims and does not interfere with any other state sovereignty. Jedlička has stated that an official diplomatic note shall be sent to both Croatia and Serbia, and later to all other states, with a formal request for international recognition.

Vít Jedlička is a member of the Czech Party of Free Citizens, which bases its values on the classical liberal ideology. The flag raising on Liberland was performed by Jedlička and some of his associates at the day the republic was proclaimed.

In an interview with Parlamentní listy (cz), Jedlička said that he has received positive reactions for his initiative, mainly from his own party, but also from some members of the Civic Democratic Party and the Pirate Party.

Liberpolis - picture from Wikipedia


A government with "ten to twenty members" has been suggested for the administration of Liberland. An electronic voting system will be used to elect members.

Borders and immigration
Liberland will operate on an open-border policy.

The official motto of Liberland is "To live and let live". The goal of the state is to create a society where righteous people can prosper without inefficient state regulations and taxes. The founders are inspired by countries like Monaco and Liechtenstein. Jedlička accepts requests for citizenship, and according to the official website, only communists, neonazis, and other extremists are ineligible for citizenship.

At the time of the founding of Liberland, the constitution was still in the planning stage, although it has been described as inspired by Switzerland.

There are plans for an official cryptocurrency system, although all other currencies will be allowed.
The politicians will be constitutionally forbidden from indebting the nation.

Do you want to become a citizen of Liberland? Liberland is currently accepting applications for citizenship, which will be processed in due time.

Who is needed in Liberland?
Liberland currently needs people who:
have respect for other people and respect the opinions of others, regardless of their race, ethnicity, orientation, or religion
have respect for private ownership which is untouchable
do not have communist, nazi or other extremist past
were not punished for past criminal offences

How to apply?
Online form will be available in next few hours. For now you can register HERE on this site. You will be noticed by e-mailem, when the form is ready.

  1. Why does the wikipedia article start with: This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedia's deletion policy?
  2. What is different from any other country?
  3. In your opinion, what will happen to this country in the future?
  4. If you want to become a citizen of Liberland, what should you do?

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