Unstoppable: Self-proclaimed ‘newest country,’ in northern Balkans, now has own national beer

Unstoppable: Self-proclaimed ‘newest country,’ in northern Balkans, now has own national beer
The flag of "Liberland." The black stripe reportedly represents anarchy. (Via Independent)

[Ed. – I’ve been following “Liberland” for a while now, and feel that this turn of events with the emergence of a national beer is a game-changer.  Maybe they’ll make Anne Hathaway their queen.]

When he plunged a flag into the banks of the Danube and declared the birth of the Free Republic of Liberland, Vit Jedlicka was dismissed by governments and media organisations as a joke.

Yet one year and many diplomatic missions later, his vision of a libertarian paradise born on a patch of unwanted land has 400,000 would-be citizens, the backing of a range of political movements around the world and even its own national beer.

Thanks to the efforts of the Croatian border police, Liberland has still technically not got a single inhabitant, and its 7 sq km of boggy wetlands boast just one dilapidated building, an abandoned hunting lodge.

But speaking in an exclusive interview with The Independent, “President” Jedlicka reveals that plans are nearly in place for a group of Liberlanders to break through that police blockade in such numbers “there is nothing they can do to stop it”.

Liberland lies on the Croatia-Serbia border, roughly halfway between Zagreb and Belgrade. A product of a border dispute between the two countries lasting a quarter of a century, it lies on a portion of territory which neither country is willing to claim.

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