What do a strip of abandoned land, a former Czech politician, and virtual reality (VR) have in common? The answer is the self-declared Balkan micronation of Liberland.
First founded in 2015, it’s poised to further its ambitions of statehood with the development of a brand new metaverse.
Liberland will be the first country to be built and inhabited in the virtual world first in anticipation of its realisation in real life.
What’s more, world-renowned architectural firm, Zaha Hadid Architects, has been working on a vision for a virtual city that will provide a home for the swelling ranks of the country’s citizens.
Although it isn’t a formally recognised country, Liberland has 7,000 approved residents with 700,000 more applications for citizenship being processed.
Wedged between Serbia and Croatia, the 7 km2 territory – which is larger than Vatican City or Monaco – is disputed land and claimed by neither country.
Liberland has been steadily growing its international reputation since its foundation by former Czech MP – and the micronation’s current president – Vit Jedlička and his partner Jana Markovicova.