Mirek Kaspar is a developer and entrepreneur. He is also the designer of Liberverse.net, a digital version of Liberland, which is intended to provide the citizens of Liberland with a means of engaging with the new country without necessarily having to travel in person to the country.
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Kaspar is from the Czech Republic but for the past 10 years he and his girlfriend have lived as digital nomads all over Western and Southern Europe and the Canaries. They spent traveling and living in a converted van for over 3 years. Recently they moved onto a sailboat to travel farther and work onboard with the help of Starlink internet.
Kaspar really loves this lifestyle – the best part according to him is that if they get bored of where they are – they can just so easily move to another location.
Karpar first discovered Liberland by accident, when he saw President Vit Jedlicka on TV back in 2015 and he was really impressed. In 2021 he entered the bi-annual architecture competition to design the country. He didn’t win but it brought him closer to the country.
In 2022 he attended the Floating Man Festival in Liberland and met Vit properly.
“Vit realised I had some experience in using Unreal Engine, a popular real time rendering technology, and suggested we did something together,” says Kaspar.
The project that evolved turned out to be the Liberland Metaverse called Liberverse which aims to be a digital twin of Liberland, a place for anyone who wishes to connect with Liberland to visit digitally.
“We are just building now, and we are thinking how it might work going forward. We want to spark initiative and are looking to explore more ways to use the Liberverse as an application that would be useful for everyone.”
Kaspar began design by replicating the landscape of Liberland as it is now – largely uninhabited. There are many architectural designs from previous competitions, but he hasn’t decided yet how to approach it.
“We are keen to use our imagination and the design may not directly reflect the actual Liberland topography – we could come up with some super visualisations based on both reality and imagination.”
Kaspar is using Unreal Engine, which is used in the development of video games and is quite possibly the most advanced real time rendering technology available. It allows developers to create images in the most photorealistic, interactive manner, so much so that it is hard to differentiate between photography and the images created.
To access Liberverse, please visit Liberserse.net. There are options to download the software or alternatively to stream directly from their browser. The browser does not offer full features but is an easy way to get a quick feeling for the metaverse.
“We are still in building mode but are very excited about all the new features planned, including the ability to set up avatars and interact with other players. We encourage all Liberland citizens and fans to get involved,” says Kaspar.