Liberland 5th Anniversary – Presidential Opening Speech

President Vit Jedlička’s opening speech for the 5th Anniversary of Liberland celebrated by an international Virtual Conference with 27 different speakers including John Dalli, Roger Ver, Ron Paul, David Friedman and many more leaders.

Dear Liberlanders,

Thank you for joining us for the fifth anniversary of Liberland.  It has been a remarkable time with some remarkable achievements.  There is no doubt that Liberland is the most successful startup nation in the new millennium, and we have done some extraordinary things with some 600,000 people now on board and supporting Liberland. 

We have built our representative offices in more than 100 countries around the world.  We have attracted the most famous and the greatest scholars in the liberty world that are joining us today.  So, I’m more than excited that things are coming together after five years.  Some people are a bit impatient, they think that starting a country is a summer holiday job, but that’s not the case, some things just take time and right now we’ve got the best experts in the areas of technology, diplomacy and commerce to come together and build a new society. 

Today we have 27 speakers ahead of us and I believe you will have much better understanding of what our plans are.  There are no doubt many challenges ahead of Liberland and we have a lot of work to do especially in our constitutional effort.  Right now we have four constitutional drafts and we still need more intellectual force to make the blockchain governance a reality.  But I’m very happy that we have Ghostbusters, a famous technological team, with us and working on it.  They have two presentations today and they will be able to show you in detail what our plans are. 

I believe there is no better time than now to work on these things when the rest of the world is under lockdown and we’ve got enormous economic and other challenges ahead of us and I believe it’s also the time for Liberland to flourish when people will be striving to find alternatives to their existing situations.  The future is here for those that are able to adapt fast and that’s why we have built the Liberland Response Center, a place where people can help each other with the troubles that they have during these times.  But it’s also a wholesale distribution center and I’m proud to announce that there are 600 face shields now being distributed as humanitarian aid in Croatia, that there are 600,000 respirators heading to United States and that the whole network of Liberland has been activated to help the world deliver the things that are most needed. 

I’m also very proud about the establishment of Liberland Aid Foundation, the very key institution in establishing the diplomatic relations with other countries, and its activities now span over three continents.  It is really the community that makes Liberland possible, that’s the nation, a group of people that share common vision and have a common goal.  Our government has been quite stable now for more than five years and I’m also happy to announce that we have a new member, Samuel Der-Kazaryan.  Tariq Abbasi has been a moving force of Liberland government now for more than four years.  He has been extremely active in pushing Liberland’s recognition around the world and you will be also able to enjoy the presentation of our foreign minister, Thomas Walls.  Together these gentlemen make a great team to push Liberland to the next level. 

Formerly the anniversary was supposed to be held in Liberland, but since the coronavirus outbreak we had to change our plans and we are utilizing the internet and the virtual area to the limits.  I hope you will be able to enjoy the breaks in some new space and network with other people. 

On the other hand, we are still focused on the Liberland settlement and as we speak there are people pushing the settlement of Liberland forward.  We are also opening up our free trade zone a place where Liberland companies, as well as other companies will be able to flourish under the Serbian jurisdiction of a free trade zone.  I hope that we will be able to attract multimillion dollar investments in Serbia.  In Liberland, we are not bound by a common language, by a common religion, we are not bound by anything else, but a creed of liberty, of freedom.  We believe that the interaction between the state and its citizens should be voluntary and that is the best way to organize a society.  We know very well that these things work.  We  can see the success of other microstates that have embraced similar principles.  I believe we can go further.  We can establish this relation on a completely voluntary basis and that’s why we have come up with the system of merits, where every single taxpayer in Liberland also becomes the shareholder of the very country he is living in.  Our experiment, I believe, is one of the most important experiments in the new century.  The amount of energy that can be unleashed in society is enormous.  A healthy growth of a society is 10% a year, it is four, five, six times more than we see in the societies today, and it might be one of the best responses to the coronavirus crisis opening up the free markets and opening up free interaction between the people.  That’s why we are here, despite all these obstacles and other governments in the way.  We are Liberlanders, we are trying to make this a reality. 

I hope you will be able to enjoy the following 27 speakers and that you will have a lot of value from the whole event.  I also hope that you will be able to enjoyable our blockchain governance in the near future and that right after the traveling bans will be lifted you will come and visit us in Liberland. 

Thank you very much.

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