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Location of the claimed territory of Verdis in Europe

Verdis, also known as the Free Republic of Verdis is an unrecognised micronation in Southeast Europe claiming an uninhabited parcel of disputed land on the right bank of the Danube, between Croatia and Serbia, near another micronation called Liberland. It was proclaimed on 30 May 2019 by Daniel Jackson,[1] an Australian boy.[2][3][4]

Verdis was created as a result of a border dispute between Croatia and Serbia which left a number of unclaimed plots of land along the right bank of the Danube river. This resulted in a number of micronations being created including two 'Free Republics',[5] Verdis (pocket 3) and Liberland (island of Gornja Siga).[6]

The parcel of land is 0.501 km2, roughly the same size as Vatican City. It has been administered by Croatia since the Croatian War of Independence. Verdis has no diplomatic recognition from any other country but claims to be in the process of building relations with some, and has been in the media for providing humanitarian aid during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.[7][8][9]

2023 Settlement attempt[edit]

On 12 October 2023, a few days after Verdis established its first permanent settlement,[10] Croatian border police entered Verdis to detain and remove settlers, including Daniel Jackson,[11] Verdis' self-proclaimed 'president'. This was done on the claim that Verdis was a national security threat to Croatia. The land has remained uninhabited and inaccessible since.[12]

Settlers were informed to leave Croatia within 7 days or face forced removal.[13]


On 17 January 2023 a statement on Verdis' website was released claiming to have received identification recognition[14] from the Government of Eswatini, but this statement was later altered mentioning a different approach in relations, meaning identifications were no longer recognised.[15]

See also[edit]

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  1. "El Periòdic d'Andorra - Actualitat Andorra, Notícies Andorra". El Periòdic d'Andorra (in català). Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  2. "Melbourne teenager becomes Europe's newest president". Independent Australia. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  3. Panessi, Hernán (28 September 2021). "Verdis, la "eco-república libre" que preside un pibe de 17 años | Es un pequeño territorio ubicado en los Balcanes y que pide reconocimiento internacional". PAGINA12 (in español).
  4. Robertson, Kirsten (30 April 2023). "Welcome to Verdis, the 'sovereign state' on Croatia and Serbia's disputed border". Metro. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  5. Basheska, Elena (1 December 2022). "EU Enlargement in Disregard of the Rule of Law: A Way Forward Following the Unsuccessful Dispute Settlement Between Croatia and Slovenia and the Name Change of Macedonia". Hague Journal on the Rule of Law. 14 (2–3): 221–256. doi:10.1007/s40803-022-00169-7. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  6. "Osnovali državu na našem spornom teritoriju: 'Cilj nam je pomirenje naroda'". (in hrvatski). Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  7. "Розвіртуалимося? Історія нової вигаданої держави, яка стає все реальнішою". Bird In Flight (in українська). 26 September 2023.
  8. "Upwey local gives support to Ukraine first hand". 17 July 2023.
  9. "Red Cross delivers aid in Ukraine". Verdis Red Cross. 10 July 2023. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  10. "Slobodna Republika Verdis između Hrvatske i Srbije: "Cilj je priznanje, Hrvati nas zatvorili FOTO". (in српски / srpski). 1 January 2024. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  11. "British teen 'president' of Balkan microstate removed from 'his own country' by Croatian police". LBC.
  12. McNulty, Tim (27 January 2024). "British teen deported by Croatia after trying to found Balkan micro-nation".
  13. McNulty, Tim (27 January 2024). "British teen deported by Croatia after trying to found Balkan micro-nation". Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  14. Karpazli, Ertan (5 March 2023). "Southall teen sets up new country and Londoners are queuing up to be citizens". My London. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  15. "First UN-member state to officially recognize Verdis' passports - Free Republic of Verdis". 17 January 2023. Retrieved 27 January 2024.

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