A self-proclaimed microstate, the “Kingdom of Enclava,” has stated that because it has been operating within official Slovenian territories it will move from the Croatia-Serbia border to the no man's land within the Croatia-Slovenia border.
Last month, 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 of Enclava.
The founder of the “Kingdom of Enclava” Piotr Wawrzynkiewicz said that “the Slovenian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that the Terra Nullius [no man’s land] claimed by the Kingdom of Enclava at a strip of land at the Croatia–Slovenia border near the Slovenian village of Brezovica pri Metliki is in fact part of Slovenia and that the determination of land borders between Slovenia and Croatia will take place in the court of arbitration.”
“We cease all activities related to the establishment of the new state on a strip of land on the Croatia–Slovenia border,” he added.
Wawrzynkiewicz added that Enclava will become a neigbour to Liberland, another self-proclaimed state in the Croatia-Serbia border.
“To ensure the continued development of the Kingdom of Enclava, we have claimed the second of the largest unclaimed land portions along the Danube River near the Free Republic of Liberland.”
With the transfer, Enclava can continue to exist on the no-man’s-land between Croatia and Serbia along the Danube river.
The “Kingdom of Enclava” announced that it is accepting citizens from all over the world and currently has 134 citizens with nearly 5,000 more citizenship applications having been 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."
Seven states, including Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia emerged after the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991. The states have been at odds with each other about their 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.