Opinion: How can Liberland be self-sufficient?

Since Liberland is a micronation with a total area of just 7 square km, tourism must surely become an integral part of its revenue generating model. Tourism will also help it gain prominence in the world market, and I think Liberland should remain rural in spite and because of this. Who would want to visit or stay in another highly urbanized place when there are already so many of them existing and also being built worldwide? Demonstrating to the world a free society might tempt one to build a highly urbanized environment, but the downside with this is that it negatively affects the chances of making the micronation a tourist attraction. The idea is that Liberland should not look modern, but should look divine. That is what can make it the world’s best tourist attraction.

Tourism in Liberland must not just be for foreign visitors, but the way of living also should be such that the residents of Liberland are living their lives in a tourist resort and not in a high paced, stressful environment as often seen in concrete jungles. Life must be in harmony with Mother Nature; a good example of this lifestyle would be the elven villages of folklore.
To be self-sustainable, Liberland must combine tourism with an agrarian economy as well as additional revenue models that can be generated using the internet. A world class education system can be formed in Liberland which comprises holistic/herbal/naturopathic/Ayurvedic medicine, culinary education, teaching about privacy systems, cyber security and distributed ledger technology along with showing students practical skills of cultivating land, easily converting non-arable to arable land using ancient methods and organic agriculture. Autonomy in this educational system teaching students invaluable skills from an early age and not making education a competitive rat race can attract many students across the world to learn from Liberland University and become top-class human beings who are fully trained from a mental, physical, economic and spiritual perspective.

The beginning of self-sufficiency begins with food and drink at all times. But the key to prosperity is land, water, and bovine management thus utilizing every inch of the land to its best use. First, there must be a water management system and enough water sources not only for tourism purposes but also for farming. The holy basil herb also called the queen of herbs in Ayurveda has a very wide variety of use cases in medicine and one of them is to purify water including removing fluoride from the water.

In India, the cow is considered to be holy, and for good reason. Simply protecting the bovine race can make one more than self-sufficient. Unfortunately, this is not taken seriously enough and the ancient art of bovine protection has lost its true value. Cow’s milk for example is said to be the best food in Ayurveda if it is taken care of in a proper environment and given enough freedom to graze and live. There are many divine food and drink products that can be made out of cow’s milk and this can make the population extremely healthy with close to zero chances of falling ill at all. Ancient scripture state that the “Suryaketu” nerve on cow’s back absorbs harmful radiation and cleanses the atmosphere. The mere presence of cows is a great contribution to the environment. Cows sense the diseases of family members and accordingly graze herbs to provide the cure/nutrition through their milk. By rubbing our hands on the bodies of cows makes us stress-free as per modern research of naturotherapy.

Cow’s dung is sometimes referred to as ‘black gold’. Traditionally cow dung has been used as an organic fertilizer, and today dung is collected and used to produce biogas. This gas is rich in methane and is used in rural areas of India/Pakistan and elsewhere to provide a renewable and stable source of electricity. According to the International Energy Agency, bioenergy (biogas and biomass) have the potential to meet more than a quarter of world demand for transportation fuels by 2050. The American Chemical Society has stated that Cow dung can also be used for making paper sustainably. It turns out to be an excellent source of cellulose for paper manufacturing and also has the property to counteract radiation. The Indian government is also providing incentives for entrepreneurs to help make paper sustainably from cow dung.

The New Zealand Herald has stated that cow’s urine is used as foliar fertilizer in NZ to give plants nutrition. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research has also backed the usage of cow urine in organic farming stating that it can help supplement the nutritional value of the soil and also help in managing insects and pests rather than using artificial fertilizers which can prove harmful to the organic value of farming. Cow urine and cow dung together are extremely valuable to convert barren land to fertile, arable land. Scientific researchers in India at Junagadh Agricultural University have found gold in cow’s urine from a cow species known as the Gir cow. There have been scientific research papers published proving that cow’s urine can be used to generate hydrogen and bioelectricity. Cow dung and cow urine are also thus the keys to renewable energy as well as agriculture, soil/land management.

In this way, protecting the bovine race can immensely benefit the Liberland economy in a number of different ways. Furthermore, there is a whole website dedicated to show the scientific, economical and spiritual benefits that the bovine race provide. Along with cows, it is important to have oxen work for agriculture over tractors.

Tractors need diesel/fossil fuel to run on; these prices are skyrocketing whereas Oxen run on the ultimate renewable resource: grass. Liberland cannot afford to import costly fuels and take the risk of relying on foreign inputs for these fuels. Tractors require spare parts and their maintenance whis more expensive than taking care of oxen. Oxen are lighter on land than heavy tractors which might till too deep into the soil and thus create ruts. Oxen aerate the soil with their hooves as they go, preserving its fertile microbial layers. And as an added benefit, oxen leave behind free fertilizer. Unlike a tractor, oxen fit in to the nutrient cycle of a farm, utilizing local inputs and providing an output of power with a fertilizer byproduct. Tractors have none of these benefits. Oxen can work in muddy situations and steeper slopes that tractors can’t handle. They can also with their strength be used to generate electricity using simple technology. Oxen are vital to reproduce the overall bovine species to serve various purposes. For a farmer, to purchase calves for training oxen comes in the range of a few hundred dollars, whereas to purchase a tractor requires tens of thousands of dollars. The oxen can be used to pull carts that transport manure or crop yields. Environmental concern: The reality of tractors is that they typically burn fossil fuels, compact the soil, and require a wide berth in a woodlot. Oxen exist on marginal hay or other forage, leave hoof prints without much soil compaction, and can snake logs from dense woods.

The next key source to Liberland’s economy can be hemp. Hemp is highly under-estimated and has a wide variety of use cases. Eco-friendly furniture can be made from hemp. Hemp is used to make a variety of commercial and industrial products including rope, textiles, clothing, shoes, food, paper, bioplastics, insulation, and biofuel. It can become a top export product for Liberland to gain immense revenue.

Another important herb which can play a crucial role for Liberland is Aloe Vera which is known as the king of herbs in Ayurveda and also has been named as ‘The Wand of Heaven’, ‘Silent Healer’ and so on. Queen Cleopatra used aloe vera to maintain her beauty. Miss Liberland and other beauty/fashion participants in Liberland can greatly benefit from aloe vera. Mahatma Gandhi once said that he used aloe vera to maintain his health. Alexander the Great used aloe vera to treat the wounds of his soldiers and was even recommended to conquer an entire island simply because it had aloe vera. The uses of aloe vera in skincare, personal care and overall healthcare of a human being are immense. Since Aloe Vera grows best in drier conditions and may not be suitable to grow in Liberland, this can form an important import for Liberland.

As far as internet based revenue models are concerned, there are many options available. Liberland has done very well to partner with Balkaneum for the decentralized Blockchain based Safex marketplace which enables privacy based e-commerce to the world. In the same way Liberland and Balkaneum together can work on creating a decentralized, privacy based and open sourced social media platform which can be another important business model that gains its revenue from advertising and not selling the personal data of its users to any third party. Distributed ledger technology has a wide variety of industry uses which can be taken advantage of.