Liberland: Could the world's newest micronation get off the ground?

Vit Jedlicka, a 31-year-old Czech politician, presents his vision of Liberland at a talk in Prague.

Story highlights

  • Vit Jedlicka, the first president of Liberland, tells CNN that the country will be formally founded on May 1
  • On April 13, Jedlicka declared an area between Croatia and Serbia "the Free Republic of Liberland"
  • Jedlicka says that almost 300,000 applications for citizenship have so far been received

(CNN)It would have made Thomas Jefferson proud.

Established on the birthday of the American founding father, Liberland -- the world's newest micronation -- is founded on a firm belief in liberty and noninterference from the powers-that-be.
    A tiny, 7 square-kilometer parcel of land, marked on maps as Gornja Siga, its territory abuts the Danube on the border between Serbia and Croatia.
    The victim of a border dispute between Serbia and Croatia, it is claimed by neither side -- effectively a no-man's land.
    No one lives on this patch of land, which is heavily forested and contains only badly-maintained access roads and a run-down house, abandoned for decades.
    This is where Euroskeptic Czech politician Vit Jedlicka stepped in.
    On April 13 he planted his newly-designed yellow and black flag in the territory, declaring the area the Free Republic of Liberland -- a tiny sliver of a country, bigger only than the Vatican and Monaco.
    The flag of Liberland, the nascent 'micro nation' established by libertarian Czech politician Vit Jedlicka on April 13, 2015.
    He tells CNN that the country will be formally founded on May 1 and is inviting, through the media, the world's heads of state to attend a formal ceremony marking the presumptive nation's birth.
    He says that he will also invite 7,500 of the 300,000 applicants that applied to become citizens of Liberland to the ceremony, where he will grant them citizenship.
    "I will grant citizenship if they can make it to the party," he told CNN by phone. "It's short notice but a good c