A most extraordinary thing is happening in the former Yugoslavia right now. A purported micro-nation has sprung up, and is attracting huge interest. Liberland is a three-square-mile territory on the banks of the Danube between Croatia and Serbia. This small plot of land at present has no clear claim from either country, and Czech Libertarian politician Vít Jedlička has stepped up to claim it as Liberland.
Even by Mr Jedlička’s own admission, this started as somewhat of a publicity stunt. What’s more, there is as yet no constitution, and it mustn’t be overlooked that at any moment Croatia or Serbia could attempt to claim it as their own.
Yet, despite these problems, the response has been immense. At the time of this writing, they claim over 160,000 applications for citizenship, in just five days. Judging by the buzz on social media and coverage from the mainstream press, this could well be true.