Some of our readers may have heard the story of Liberland, a tiny self-proclaimed nation in the vicinity of Croatia. Considering this piece of land was claimed by neither Croatia nor Serbia, Vít Jedlička recently claimed the land for himself and dubbed it “Liberland”, a micronation between both countries. The reason Liberland is of great importance to the digital currency community is because the official currency is Bitcoin, and Bitcoin only.
Liberland Causes Quite The Controversy
Even though the creation of a Bitcoin-only micronation sounds like a great idea, it is not exactly a practical idea to execute properly. One thing you have to keep in mind is that Liberland, just like any other micronation in the world, is not officially recognized by any country nor government. In fact, you could go as far as saying that micronations don’t officially exist.
To make matters even worse, there is no way to access Liberland by any other means than by foot. The only available road to travel by car is being blocked by the Croatian government, as they will not allow entry to Liberland from their side of the border. Needless to say, this cat-and-mouse game is far from over.
You may have guessed that, even though Liberland wants to be an independent nation, there are a lot of things that still need to be done. One of the most important aspects is of creating a constitution, and even though a draft version is available on the Liberland website, the finalized version is not in sight just yet.
So far, Vit Jedlička has been arrested twice by Croatian police already. His first arrest came on May 9 2015, even though no official charges were pressed, and Vit was released the day after. During his second arrest, Vit Jedlička was one of the ten people taken into custody by Croatian police on the grounds of “illegal trespassing of the national border”.
New Arrest Captured on Video Becomes Internet Sensation
On Thursday June 18 2015, a member of the Liberland Settlement Association was arrested by Croatian authorities. While this is certainly not a new occurrence by any means, it is the first time someone has been arrested within Liberland’s “borders”. These “transgressions” could be seen as a violation of the Danube and Geneva Conventions.
“The LSA is appealing to the regional delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross to ensure the humanitarian treatment of Ulrik Haagensen in the notorious Croatian prisons, and to request the protection of the ICRC in the face of repeated and grave violations of the Geneva Conventions on the part of the Republic of Croatia. The Liberland government and the Danish embassy have been notified. Ulrik Haagensen is a native of Denmark.”
Below, you can see a video of Ulrik Haagensen’s arrest by the Croatian police.
Images courtesy of Liberland