Earlier this week, the ‘newest country in the world’ was established, sandwiched between Serbia and Croatia.
“Liberland”, an “independent sovereign state” established by Vit Jedlicka, a Czech Republican politician and the self-appointed President of the 7 square-kilometre nation, has promised to accept citizenship requests from all across the globe.
The new ‘country’ has thus-far received more than 20,000 applications for citizenship, with more than 100,000 expected by the end of the week, said Jedlicka.
“We have the busiest immigration office in the world,” said Jedlicka, who said only up to 5,000 people would be granted ‘citizenship’.
The new nation has taken Egypt by a storm, with Liberland trending on both Facebook and Twitter the day it was featured on numerous Egyptian newspapers. According to Liberland’s website, as long as applicants are not Nazis, have not been punished for criminal events and have respect for other people regardless of race, religion, orientation and more, then they may apply for citizenship.
In fact, Liberland had been so popular when it was announced, that according to Google, it was one of the most popular websites among readers of Egyptian Streets.
Nevertheless, concerned about Egyptians being ‘scammed’, Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that there is no country called Liberland, and that no nation in the world has officially recognized Liberland.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel-Atti told CBC that the project may result in Egyptians being scammed. More importantly, Egyptians may be providing sensitive information to the ‘country’, which can then lead to forgery of personal identification and other scams.
Despite the criticism, Liberland’s self-declared President maintains that he is serious about creating the new nation, where taxes will be optional and military conscription is non-existent.