Meet Zachary Landsberg, a Brooklyn man who bought a parcel of land in rural Utah on eBay and declared it sovereign in response to President George W. Bush’s administration.
Zaqistan, as he calls it, was established by Landsberg and his group of friends in 2005 on a two-acre parcel of land in Box Elder County, Utah.
“I figured I could run a country better than the Bush administration and maybe I should,” explained Landsberg in an interview with TheBlaze this month. “[T]hat was sort of the kernel of the Zaquistan idea.
“Zaqistan has been independent from the United States, de facto sovereign for the last 10 years,” he added.
“It started as kind of a tongue-in-cheek joke and reaction to the Bush administration,” he continued. “But over the last 10 years I say the joke has gotten more serious.”