The Bitcoin renegade Roger Ver is aiming to create a new country under the banner of “The Free Society.” The new country aims to buy land from a nation-state, but not just land, sovereignty. This is a project that a lot of people who believe in alternative models to the current nation-state will be paying close attention to. Roger Ver and his fellow Free Society members would do well to listen to a series of podcasts run by Shane Radliff of Liberty Under Attack called The Vonu Podcast. In that series, the history of others who have tried in some way to create their own anarchist country is covered with great detail.
Roger Ver and the Free Society: A New Anarchist Paradise?
Called the “Free Society,” the country’s website is currently barebones. At press time, the only things displayed on the website are a two-sentence ‘About Us,’ a newsletter subscription box, and a ‘FAQ’ section.
According to the FAQ section, Roger and the rest of the Free Society team are negotiating with different, undisclosed national governments. The Free Society’s goal is to reach an agreement with a national government that will grant them sovereignty over a piece of the existing government’s land, or a nearby territory.
The FAQ also states that the team has the following set of criteria for an acceptable location
Here is th FQ:
What’s this project about?
Which government are you negotiating with?
What are your selection criteria?
- Proximity to existing economic powerhouses (US, Europe, Asia)
- Accessibility by water
- Located in a safe, conflict-free area
- Stable existing government
- Nations with a significant national debt
- A flexible constitution that allows granting sovereignty
- Acceptable minimum size for the land