TIME profiles Vit Jedlicka, founder of Liberland, Europe’s newest country (maybe):
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A Czech man is claiming to be the president of a new country he founded in Europe.
Vit Jedlicka, a member of the conservative Party of Free Citizens in the Czech Republic, is the self-appointed president of Liberland, which he says sits on unclaimed terra nullius territory wedged between Serbia and Croatia. The 3 sq. mi. “country,” where taxes are optional and a military is nonexistent, does not “interfere with the territory” of the two states, according to Liberland’s website.
“The objective of the founders of the new state is to build a country where honest people can prosper without being oppressed by governments making their lives unpleasant through the burden of unnecessary restrictions and taxes,” reads a statement announcing the creation of the new country this week. The country’s motto is: “To live and let live.”
Jedlicka, speaking by phone from Prague, told TIME that the effort began as a political stunt to garner media attention.