‘Kingdom of Eclava’ becomes world’s newest country

Just like Liberland, self-proclaimed ‘Kingdom of Enclava’ stands in middle of border dispute

Photo by: enclava.org
Photo by: enclava.org

Updated Jul 28, 2015

After the establishment of the Liberland, another self-proclaimed state called the “Kingdom of Eclava” has been introduced to the world map.

Polish national Piotr Wawrzynkiewicz and his friends learned that there was a “no-man’s land” (terra nullius) between the Slovenian and Croatian borders when they visited Slovenia, where they later decided to extend their visit and create the self-proclaimed kingdom.

The “Kingdom of Enclava” announced that it was accepting citizens from all over the world and currently has 800 citizens with nearly 5,000 more citizenship applications received.

Co-founder Piotr Wawrzynkiewicz said they created Enclava as “a place, where everyone, regardless of skin colour, religion or nationality, will be able to express their opinions, study for free, and earn money without worrying about taxes."

Wawrzynkiewicz also said that although Enclava is just an “online state” now, they already their first democratic election last week.

“We accepted candidatures from all over the world. Anyone could stand for election as long as they are or were not a member of an extremist group, convicted of a criminal offence or currently being prosecuted," said co-founder Wawrzynkiewicz.

Enclava government also prepared a constitution and electronic identities for its citizens. The kingdom used “Dogecoin” as currency and has accepted seven official languages.

The Slovenian and Croatian governments did not make any statement about Enclava, and the new country has not gained any international recognition yet.

The land which upon which the “Kingdom of Enclava” was established is no more than 1,000 square feet. This no-man’s-land is in between the Croatian capital Zagreb and the Slovenian town of Metlika.

The movement of creating self-proclaimed states started with creation of Liberland by 31-year-old Czech Republic citizen Vit Jedlicka in the no-man’s land in the Serbian-Croatian border.

Vít Jedlickai, a Czech politician for the Conservative Party of Free Citizens, announced the founding of the state along with seven citizens on an official website.

Claiming the state’s establishment is not against international law, Jedlickai invited people to apply for citizenship promising personal and economic freedom, which left many countries fearing the micronation could be used as a tax haven.

Seven states including Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia,Montenegro and Macedonia emerged after the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991. The states has been at odds with each other about the borders since the breakup.

Croatia recently resolved its border disputes with both Montenegro and Serbia, while Bosnia and Montenegro also agreed on resolving their own border disputes.

Liberland and the “Kingdom of Enclava” are not the only self-proclaimed states in history. In 1967 a country named The Principality of Sealand was proclaimed in international waters, six miles off the eastern coast of Britain, by a man named Paddy Roy Bates.

In 2014, an American citizen Jeremiah Heaton claimed to have founded a kingdom along the terra nullius area between Egypt and Sudan and named the self-proclaimed state the “Kingdom of North Sudan,” in order to fulfill his six-year-old daughter’s wish to be a princess.

TRTWorld and agencies