Make Your Own Country and Live There!
Brainstorming time. What do we need? There are lots of options, but we’ll start with the 3 basics: Land, People, and Government. (do we even need that last one? We’ll see…)
This could be a continent (but I think they’re all spoken for), or a peninsula, or an island. If you’re going ultra-cheap, a raft and anchor works.
You need land for obvious reasons: you need a tree or two for your hammock, a vegetable garden for eats, and depending how likeable you are, you might like a wall. Yup, you need land.
Where to get:
Going with islands, there are plenty for sale. Yes, some cost millions, but some are actually affordable. Here are a few examples:
#1: Dokis Marina Island, Ontario, Canada
Nestled in beautiful Ontario, Canada. Cost: $225,000. Sure, at half an acre, it’s small. But it comes with a house, and a 19′ boat. Best of all, the detached cabin can sleep 4 of your closest friends (who happened to drop by). More info here
#2: King’s Island, Denmark
It’s a fortress & artificial island. Cost: $12,000,000. 17 acres with 200 room estate. Complete with dual Hawk missile defence.
Best of all, it’s located 15 minutes between Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmö, Sweden (2 of my favourite cities). More info here
#3: Isla Gatun, Panama
It’s 3/4 acre large island in a manmade lake. Cost: $30,000. (WOW!) No house, but construction possible. Complete with cellphone coverage from mainland Panama.
Best of all, it’s … $30,000. More info here
If you want to try “shopping” for your own island, try HERE (islands for under $250,000)
But is that enough? If you’d like company, convince your spouse or buddy to share the “founding father” duty.
Before you know it, you’re building up your new country’s credibility with cool stats like Birth Rate and Immigration!
The law of the land. Maybe this isn’t a positive thought… maybe your old government made you want to get out and start a new country. But whatever the case, having some ground rules is necessary. At least, that’s what the United Nations says is needed before you apply for sovereign nation status.
The easiest way is to assume you’re a libertarian (small government & personal liberties are a good thing). You’ll want to rule very simply and leave everything to its inhabitants. But wait, both the Gov and the inhabitants are one ….you. Cool! Done.
What are you waiting for? Get out there and grab your land! Here’s a shopping list
Optional other stuff
You got land, people and government taken care of. What else is there? Oh, you want to invade someone? And someone to loan you money for it? Well, let’s keep going…
Side note facts: About 15 countries, or 7% of the world’s nations have no military.
Another 6 or so have no standing army, but some sort of national police/defence presence.
A prime example of a country that feels no need is Costa Rica. If they can swing it, why can’t you?
Your new country might have natural resources, like wood, fresh water or coconuts. You laugh, but there are a lot of countries out there that don’t have coconuts. If they want to buy yours. How do you handle that? That’s your industry.
And you can earn money from your own personal skills. Maybe you’re a great writer, singer, cabinet maker, coconut husker, or whatever.
Given your valuable skill or natural resource, you just need to find a market for it and make payment simple — those are the 3 essential steps to a startup, according to Chris Guillebeau in his recent book “The $100 Startup.”
When you start declaring your currency as “legal tender, because we say so!” …well, you’re no better than the guys you left. (see fiat money)
You know, all this talk about making your own country…. it’s not really necessary. You can bet there’s already a country out there that’s just like you would do it. It may be easier to just move there!
Go on out there… try them out!
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If you think I’m missing a key ingredient (or have too many), let me know. If you have a buddy you’d like to come with, send this their way.