Between Egypt and Sudan, a 1,200 square kilometer stretch of land – known as Bir Tawil – was the only habitable place left on Earth that remained unclaimed by any government.
Now, someone has claimed it, declaring a new kingdom earlier this month.
“I, Suyash Dixit, first of my name and the protector of the realm, declare myself as the king of ‘Kingdom of Dixit.' ... I declare this unclaimed land of Bir Tawil as my country from now to the eternity of time. I pledge to continue to work for the prosperity of my people of the country and this motherland," Suyash Dixit, a 24-year-old Indian CEO, wrote in Facebook post, sharing images of himself with a flag in the middle of the territory.
Dixit also declared himself as the ruler of the new kingdom.
“Following the early civilization ethics and rule, if you want to claim a land then you need to grow crops on it. I have added a seed and poured some water on it today. It is mine,” Dixit explained.
Of course, it's unlikely that nations around the world will be lining up to recognize the declaration. Nonetheless, the Kingdom of Dixit already has an official website and a bill of rights. According to Newsweek, hundreds of people have already applied for citizenship as well.
Considering the kingdom is already boasting to have the "best governance ever," it only makes sense that people would be eager to become citizens.
While some may laugh at Dixit's declaration, he actually went through significant difficulties to stake his claim.
"The route that I took is under Egyptian military and is an area of terrorists so military have a ‘shoot at sight’ orders,” Dixit said. “But, if your bucket list ideas are not scary enough then they are not worth trying!”
To access the land, Dixit had to find a taxi driver willing to make the journey. The driver who finally agreed thought he was crazy, but finally accepted a large payment to make the dangerous trip.
When Dixit arrived at the border of Egypt, the Egyptian military warned him of the dangers and told him he must return within 24 hours. They also asked him to leave all his valuable belongings behind. The Indian CEO had instructed a friend to call for help if he didn't return within a reasonable amount of time.
Some on social media are a bit over excited about the new kingdom
Some even want to launch a business there
Others are saying it's actually a very good idea
Despite Dixit's ambitious move to claim the land, he isn't actually the first to do so. Regardless, he appears certain that his claim will hold up in the end.
“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),” Dixit said. “If they want it back, there will be a war (over a cup of coffee at the Starbucks probably)!”
According to the United Nations, there are four principle criteria to declare official statehood. These are to have a permanent population, a defined territory, a government and the ability to enter into relations with another state.
So far, the young kingdom is without a permanent population. It also remains to be seen if any nation will open relations with the world's newest country.