A man from India says he has created his own country after laying claim to a no-man’s land situated between Egypt and Sudan.
Suyash Dixit adds that he “founded” the Kingdom of Dixit on the unclaimed area known as Bir Tawil, an 800-square-mile strip of terrain south of Egypt’s borders.
“I, Suyash Dixit, first of my name and protector of the realm, declare myself as the king of ‘Kingdom of Dixit,’” he wrote on Facebook Tuesday, according to The Daily Mail.
“I call myself, King Suyash First from today,” Dixit continued. “I declare this unclaimed land of Bir Tawil as my country from now to the eternity of time.”
“[Dixit is] opening foreign investments to our country and nationality applications. I pledge to continue to work for the prosperity of my people of the country and this motherland.”
The Mail on Tuesday reported that Bir Tawil is legally unclaimed land located south of the border separating Egypt and Sudan that neither nation wants to lay stake to.
Bir Tawil – which means “deep well” in Arabic – has subsequently remained a de factor “no man’s land” for 100 years.
The land is said to be the only known space on earth where humans can live and survive but remains outside the authority of another state.
Dixit said that he traveled from his hometown of Indore, India to Bir Tawil, ultimately planting a seed on the land and a flag in two places upon arriving there.
“Now I know that some 5-10 folks have done it in the past as well but this is my land now (as I have officially planted the seeds following the rules) and if they want it back, there will be a war (over a cup of coffee at the Starbucks probably)!” he wrote.
Dixit added that he that he would soon “write an email” to the United Nations (U.N.) about his kingdom’s future status.
The U.N. requires a permanent population, a defined territory, a government and the ability to enter into relations with another country as conditions for statehood.
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