Verdis, officially the Free Republic of Verdis is a sovereign-state claiming an uninhabited parcel of disputed land locally named as pocket 3 of the Croatia-Serbia border dispute on the western bank of the Danube, close to 'Liberland', between Croatia and Serbia. It plans to be a largely environmentally conscious and humanitarian state in Europe. The Free Republic of Verdis is currently aiming for international recognition and a permanent inhabitance on it's land claim. With Verdis being the first entity to lay claim to it's land-claim, it makes the land-claim legally belong to Verdis even after the Croatian-Serbian border dispute ends. This is due to international law.
The Government structure of the Free Republic of Verdis is quite simple. The nation is known as a Direct Democracy under a republic. More can be read at government.
As the country is still developing, there are currently no inhabitants due to the Croatian-Serbian border dispute as Verdis hasn't yet reached the required amount of funding and resources to inhabit the claim. There are around 1,040 Citizens at this moment of time, most of which are Croatian and Serbian, although no one currently inhabits Verdis. The Verdisian Government plans to build infrastructure on the claim once enough funding has been obtained. Although the Government of Verdis continuously has representatives visit the claim and permanent inhabitance is possible, the Government of Verdis is holding off until enough funding and planning have been made to give inhabitants the best experience, while also being environmentally conscious. Thousands of applications for citizenship have been submitted over time.
The Free Republic of Verdis is located on a border dispute locally named as Pocket-3 of the Croatia-Serbia border dispute. The pocket is unclaimed by both Croatia and Serbia making Verdis the oldest active claimant to the land, making it rightful to Verdis under international law. The size of the territory overall reached around 0.498km2 with the land being 0.250km2 and the Danube waters being 0.248km2. Although the land is small, it has shown to have just enough space to establish the nation. The country will be able to fit all its essential needs such as power, water, sewage, etc. On the territory, Verdis plans to only fit 15,000 residents which are projected to live in high-rise apartments to prevent cramming. These apartments will be built as environmentally conscious and spacious as possible without too much land being taken up. The city-state is continuously working on infrastructural plans showing that the land size is just applicable for the self-sustainability and growth of the republic.
The border meets Croatia via land and it meets Serbia halfway through the Danube river as shown on the gray area on the river on the images on this page. Verdis' border on the river ends halfway through the Danube between Croatia and Verdis.
Verdis is on pocket 3 of the Serbian-Croatian Border Dispute. Serbia nor Croatia claim the land claim that is claimed by Verdis.
The Free Republic of Verdis plans to inhabit the land claim as soon as possible to keep the land claim strongly under Verdisian control, but there are multiple plans that they are working on that will be essential for something like this to happen. Although the Verdisian Government has countless plans to establish a permanent eco-friendly settlement on the land claim, only few are shown on this page as an example.
The Government of Verdis has shown increased interest in establishing hydroelectric whirlpools. Although these HW's are small, a single one can power up to 60 homes. They are small, cheap, easy to manage and are harmless to the environment. This is the most positive plan for Verdisian electricity. As it will take time for Verdis to establish its self-sustained electricity, the government plans to rely on neighboring sovereign-states by paying for essentials until further established.
The Government of the Free Republic of Verdis plans to provdte the first few buildings of infrastructure once enough funding and planning has been made. All buildings in the Free Republic of Verdis will be built in a modern and environmentally-conscious design. Things such as apartments or offices are to be built in high-rise buildings to allow more space for more infrastructure on the ground. This also prevents more cramming and allows larger spaces to be made. Each district in Verdis will be permitted a certain amount of land allowing Government facilities, residency, shops, tourism, business and more. This will allow a large population in such a small area while also allowing a normal and decent life in such a small area similar to Monaco. If organized properly, Verdis has shown to fit everything necessary within the land claim even due to the small size. Verdis has shown to have just enough space to provide decent residency, facilities and more.
What defines a state?
According to Article 1 of the 1933 Montevideo Convention on Rights and Duties of States, the canonical definition in international law reads: “The state as a person of international law should possess the following qualifications: (a) a permanent population; (b) a defined
territory; (c) government; and (d) capacity to enter into relations with the other states.”
The Free Republic of Verdis has fulfilled all these criteria and principles set out in the Montevideo Convention ever since its inception.
Additional international legal considerations in Verdis' favor:
The formation of Verdis as a state is based on self-government of its own people, i.e. its citizens;
Verdis was proclaimed with the tacit consent of its former claimants Croatia and Serbia, which both have waived claim to the territory;
Verdis does not violate the territorial integrity of any other country;
Verdis was not claimed by use of force;
Verdis is not a separatist or secession movement;
Verdis is not a coup or takeover of an existing state
There is no applicable counterclaim to that of Verdis on the indicated territory
Official Languages: English, Croatian, Serbian
Demonym(s): Verdisian, Verdish
Government: Republic with elements of Direct Democracy
Established: 30th May 2019
Timezone: Central European Time (CET)
Date format: mm/dd/yyyy
ISO 3166-1 ALPHA 2 CODE: VD
ISO 3166-1 ALPHA 3 CODE: VRD
Verdis (pocket 3) along danube river
The territory goes under the claim of the currently active and original entity that claims it. By law, no other nation may lay claim to the pocket as it has already been claimed by Verdis, which makes it the original entity. The territory has been claimed as de jure under international law as Verdis is the oldest active claimant to the land claim.
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