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VÍT JEDLIČKA

                                                                              President of Free Republic of Liberland

Dear members of the Croatian parliament, ladies and gentlemen, first let me congratulate you on the 25th
anniversary of international recognition of Croatia which you have celebrated on January 15th. It is a very
significant event in Croatian history. It has taken a lot of effort to establish and build your country, one that
I respect and admire.
I represent a peaceful and freedom loving nation of people who stand ready to cooperate with Croatia. Out
of 400,000 applicants for citizenship, many are world-famous architects, artists, investors, entrepreneurs
or diplomats. We believe that human freedom, limited government and free markets are the best elements
to achieve a flourishing society. We are working on incorporating the best governance practices of the past
with the decentralized governance technologies of the future. We are inspired by successful places like Hong
Kong or Monaco which are constantly delivering significant value to their neighboring countries.
There are already 40000 of entrepreneurs who have expressed direct interest in making investments into
our country. Our economists have calculated that the full development of Liberland could help boost econo-
mic growth in Croatia by one percent per year and dramatically reduce unemployment in the whole region.
Our nation was established on 13th April of 2015 on the birthday of Thomas Jefferson, but you can trace its
origins way back in history. Starting with the Exodus of ancient times, we saw this manifest itself again as
the American revolution and recently as Liberland. We have chosen an unclaimed piece of land formerly
known as Gornja Siga in order to avoid any territorial disputes with other countries. We have set our borders
outside the territory of Croatia as well as outside the Schengen area.
We highly appreciate that Croatia police are continuing to protect the borders and we stand ready to help
them and work with them. We also stand ready to be reliable partners in Croatian foreign policy.
Liberland, as of today, has opened representative offices in more than 80 countries who aim to work in
concert with Croatian diplomatic missions. Liberland is only seven square kilometers large making it third
smallest country in the world after Vatican and Monaco.
We kindly ask you to respect our right to peacefully occupy this piece of land. We are ready to open up
a dialogue between the Croatian and Liberland governments to define our proper border crossing in accor-
dance with international laws.
We stand ready to cooperate in the areas of illegal drug trafficking, extradition of criminals, terrorism, tax
avoidance and other areas of your concern. We thank you for your patience as we are working hard to fully
establish our institutions, including our legal and financial systems.
Croatians do have an important historical experience with freedom-oriented enclaves. I would like to remind
you about just one example: the Republic of Ragusa in Dubrovnik and the great benefits that it brought to
the whole region and the world. We would like to build up on that historical experience and in cooperation
with Croatia become a shining example for the rest of the world.
One of the key aspects that ensured the existence of Ragusa was the high regard for liberty which was in the
very motto of the Republic, “Liberty is not sold for all the gold in the world.” Our motto is “Live and Let Live.”
If you share our common belief in freedom, I invite you to join us and to come and celebrate the second
year of Liberland’s existence on 13th of April 2017 in Liberland! Our highest intention is to cooperate with
both regional and central Croatian governments on the economic growth of the territory, so as to ensure
that Croatia can function in harmony with Liberland as a part of the neighborhood.

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