Feb 19, 2013
Oct 30, 2012
Please note that Wirtland citizenship, including membership in Witizens Network, remains completely free. This application processing fee is applicable only if you are requesting an official Wirtland document, i.e. submitting an application for Residence Permit.
Aug 23, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
A very happy Wirtland Day to everybody!
And thanks to Andrey Nifedov for this nice video.
Jul 20, 2012
Today we have received the following message – see below. I replied that we need to discuss ths publicly. Please post your comments. Thank you.
michael posted an update in the group Associates:
Hello, I represent an investment fund. We are interested in web assets. Is it possible to buy Wirtland project? Who should be contacted? Thanks.
PS. This is not a joke.
Thank you for your interest. I think we should discuss this publicly
Dec 4, 2011
When you register yourself at various internet services, you often need to select your country from a drop-down list. So, I am talking about inclusion of Wirtland into such drop-down country list. This can be done very easily by a small change in the coding. Some websites have done that already for Wirtland. The latest example is Slovenian resource (see picture).
For Wirtland, this is important. And for the websites this is useful, too, because of marketing effect. "Our site recognizes virtual country" - is a slogan which helps to stand out, and may draw new clients. So, a small change in coding is well worth the effort.
Dec 1, 2011
Nov 28, 2011
Nov 26, 2011
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Nov 4, 2011
|Today Wirtland appeared in television news broadcast in Slovenia. This is the video from today's news on Sponka television channel, covering Wirtland. The text can be found at Novice: Sponka TV. Wirtland greets all Slovenian-speaking people, and today Slovenian Club was opened at Wirtland.net.|
Slovenia is the third country of the world which covered Wirtland in television news. In the past, American FOX News broadcasted the interview with Larry Fiorino on Wirtland (see clip here) and Bulgarian National BTV Channel organized a live interview with several witizens (see clip here).
Oct 27, 2011
Check other items in Witizen Gift Company and Wirtland Design. And your new designs and ideas are always welcome!
Oct 24, 2011
This proves to be possible, despite natural limitations which we have as a virtual country. A good example is Wirtland Medical Centre (WIMEC), which has been growing since 2008. WIMEC was conceived to be a hub of online medical consultations, open 24 hours every day of the week, in a choice of languages. It serves two purposes:
- For users WIMEC is a unique service, where people can find the needed online medical consultant, who speaks their language. Consultation is done online through Skype call or video call. Users can rate the quality of consultations.
- For medical professionals WIMEC is an income-generating opportunity. Doctors give professional consultations, earning consultancy fees which they choose themselves, paid through Skype Prime. If you are a certified doctor, and you want to offer your services for WIMEC, you may add your listing here. You do not need to be necessarily a citizen of Wirtland.
WIMEC service is open to everybody (not just witizens). The users are encouraged to send their feedback with reviews of quality of consultations which they received. Doctors from all over the world are welcome to join WIMEC listing. Wirtland also opened WIMEC Group at for professionals.
Oct 16, 2011
Internet-based country of Wirtland announced partnership with AgilityHoster, which became the official web hosting provider or world’s largest cybercountry.
October 16, 2011 – Wirtland and AgilityHoster have entered into an alliance that is set to boost “Witizens of Wirtland” (WoW) – the fast-growing social network of Wirtland’s citizens – and to deliver top-level services to its global members.
“Partnership with a reliable, modern internet service company is a backbone of an innovative web project such as Wirtland. We hope cooperation with AgilityHoster will be long-lasting and mutually rewarding”, - said the head of state of Wirtland. “After 3 years of constant growth, our project has become ripe enough to have it own social platform, independent from commercial network providers, free for all members, and free from advertising”. The all-new WoW network can be found at usual unchanged address www.wirtland.net.
President & CEO of AgilityHoster said: “It was about time people to start associating the Internet as a virtual land and participating in virtual countries. We at Agilityhoster.com praise the freedom on the Internet and this is the reason we provide free web hosting services for all that want to upload web pages or website. Speaking for freedom and choice online we find so many similarities with Wirtland project. This is a new one unique and very exciting project of the modern and free minded people”.
To better protect personal data of citizens, the new WoW Network does not import automatically all nearly 2000 members from Wirtland’s old network. Instead, the existing members are encouraged to register new profiles.
Founded in 2008, Wirtland represents people from all five continents. Wirtland issues plastic ID cards, mints its own gold and silver coins. Wirtland's population is around 2,000. In 2010 Wirtland established The Wirtland Institute (www.wirtland.org) as a center for research and professional dialogue in the area of new forms of statehood.
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Wirtland (www.Wirtland.com) is the first internet-based sovereign state, an experiment into legitimacy and self-sustainability of a country without its own soil. Wirtland was founded on August 14, 2008 as a public initiative. Its population is currently approximately 2000 citizens from all five continents. It is represented through its official website http://www.Wirtland.com, its social network http://www.Wirtland.net, and “The Times of Wirtland” at http://wirtland.blogspot.com.
Agilityhoster (www.agilityhoster.com) is fast growing free web hosting services company based in Germany. We aim to provide free web hosting services to all that need stable service in no or low cost, however in the same time offer professional hosting solutions for businesses individuals and anybody that has demand for quality shared hosting, semi-dedicated servers or Virtual Private Servers.
Sep 17, 2011
There were many discussions about necessity of creation of an independent platform for WoW Network, which finally are leading to a concrete achievement. The first independent network is now open for membership and testing at http://witi.medianewsonline.com. It's yet in beta testing stage, but its functionality is extending every day. The good thing is that it's completely free from any non-Wirtland branding or advertising.
With time, all the content will migrate from old network to the new one. But this process is not automatic, and migration of 2000 member profiles by hand is a very complicated process. Therefore, we are encouraging every witizen to register himself/herself at the new network. We are also asking to consider voluntary donations to Wirtland (of $10 or above), to help us cover the costs of migration and new network setup. This is completely voluntary, non-obligatory support. Our Donations page is here.
The new network is based on customized version of BuddyPress software. The hosting provider is Wirtland's long-time partner Agilityhoster. Comments and suggestions from users will be appreciated. Feedback from programmers, designers, and other professionals interested in helping the project is also welcome. Wirtland's old and new citizens are welcome at new site!
Apr 25, 2011
Wirtland: Hello Oguzhan. Like many witizens, it appears you have a mixed ethnicity and multinational background. Tell us about yourself.
Oguzhan: I was born in Istanbul, son of Turkish Cypriot mother and Meskhetian father. I lived in Istanbul until half way through high school, after which I moved to Famagusta in Northern Cyprus.
The time spent in Istanbul has allowed for its chemistry to form the most important part of my political and musical views. I started playing the bass-guitar aged 14, and joined various bands during my time in Istanbul. The musical activities led to the formation of my political interest and views due to the atmosphere of the environment I found myself in. Istanbul has given me many things.
Later on I moved to my mother’s hometown Famagusta in Northern Cyprus, finishing my high school education there. This was also where my most musically active period began. I founded and became part of many bands and played with various artists and orchestras during this time period. I was playing on many stages all over Cyprus including in North Cyprus’ first TV Talk Show with a band I had established.
At the moment the main instruments I play are the bass-guitar and baritone ukulele although I also play numerous other instruments as well. Due to my individual music projects, I took a break on other music projects like bands. Nowadays I am working on planning a project called “Revolution Songs”, which will include revolution songs from different countries and cultures across the world. Artists which have inspired me are Fikret Kizilok, Zulfu Livaneli, Grup Yorum, Asik Mahsuni Serif and Ruhi Su. I have started University life in North Cyprus, which is currently continuing in Canterbury, UK. Presently it appears that the future will be taking me to Prague, Czech Republic.
Wirtland: Sounds quite an interesting life story! And what brought you to Wirtland?
Oguzhan: I firstly heard about Wirtland by reading an article in the newspaper. The idea really drew me in, so I started further research. What then really got my attention was the idea that the organization is based on nondiscrimination. The fact that there is one organization which has 1750 members from different countries, cultures, ideologies and views about life being part of and working all for the same idea astonished and impressed me. On top of this, the organization strongly relates to my political ideology. I have now been a Witizen since the beginning of 2010.
Wirtland: And, as our records show, you are an owner of Wirtland plastic ID card. That's always nice to know.
Oguzhan: Wirtland has done so much successful initiative work, systematically and strategically. Like every good organization, Wirtland has seen its flaws and corrected them over time. I realized one important issue troubling Witzens like me was that Wirtland did not have its own anthem. Of course we shouldn't wait for someone not from Wirtland to help us out, and as a musician member of Wirtland I felt a responsibility to solve this. Before I started to make the anthem, I drew up a plan. Firstly I decided for the lyrics to be in Esparanto as the production of the anthem and the organizations itself should not conflict each other.
Wirtland: Why Esperanto?
Oguzhan: Wirtland is a multicultural organization and Esparanto is the most compatible language and thus the most appropriate to use for this project. The second important point when writing the lyrics for me was to try and adapt Wirtland's symbols to the lyrics. For example; "Naskigis la nova suno, Fenestro de homareco" (meaning "A new sun was born, In the window of humanity”) is symbolized by the Wirtland flag. In another example I used the motto of Wirtland (Courage, not multitude, wins) in the end of the chorus. Furthermore an important point about the anthem is the title. The meaning of this anthem’s title (Ne Estas Revo!) is "It's not a dream". I tried to highlight the idea which we try to achieve, that Wirtland isn’t just a dream. At the composing stage, I tried to find a melody that was remarkable as well as easy to remember for everybody.
Once all the stages were finished and all the paperwork such as copyrights were completed, I published it. When I did all of this, I had two main purposes. Firstly to give something to the purpose that I believe in and to help it progress further up the road. Secondly to show other people that we share same purpose and so if we want to do something, everybody should put their hands under the rock together. That is the only way to make the world listen to us. I believe I have worked on my responsibility for this purpose and I will be happy if I changed something in people’s minds.
Wirtland: I think we share the same belief. Good words, and great job! Oguzhan, many thanks for your interview.
About Wirtland's anthem:
During its first year of existence Wirtland had no anthem. On Wirtland Day, August 14, 2009, Wirtland approved the song written by renown French composer Mr. Michel Legrand "Watch What Happens" as national anthem of Wirtland (MP3 file here). The song was not an original anthem, but was selected due to its appropriate lyrics and multi-culturalism: music by French composer, performed in English by Brazilian group. Oguzhan Karahan's proposal is the first original anthem written for Wirtland. It is now published for discussion (link). If positive public opinion prevails, the anthem will be officially approved.
Dec 28, 2010
"Your example has vividly demonstrated how quickly and efficiently the internet can influence real life. While citizenship of a cybercountry may seem merely symbolic today, you know better than anybody else the potential of cyberspace and the role of web social projects in the near future. Wirtland offers our citizenship to show our support to your case, and our appreciation of your achievements," - states the Wirtland's letter to Mr. Assange.
Mr. Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, is currently under house arrest in England pending an extradition hearing. For his work with WikiLeaks, Assange received a number of awards and nominations, including the 2009 Amnesty International Media Award and Readers' Choice for Time magazine's 2010 Person of the Year.
Update added on January 7, 2011:
Breaking News: Wirtland is on the way to producing the new Wirtland Crane coin, which will bear Julian Assange's portrait - to commemorate his witizenship and raise support.
We announce a contest for the best text of inscription for the Assange coin. Please submit proposals as comments here, or email to contest3 (at) wirtland (dot) com. The winner gets the nation-wide praise and coins with his text.
Email newsletter is great, but what's a New Year eve without presents? Wirtland has just opened a brand new gift shop, full of stylish, fully-customizable items with Wirtland symbols. The shop is called "Wirtland Design", and our friend James Bond was heard saying that "It's shocking, positively shocking!"
Though "Wirtland Design" has opened just days ago, its product range goes beyond the standard set of t-shirts, offering original items such as jackets, duffel bags, netbook cases, bandannas, scarves, and even mini-umbrellas: everything in traditional Wirtland's bluish - white - yellow colour gamma. Dull colours? No problem, you can immediately change them to pink or orange if you wish. Enjoy.
Dec 14, 2010
Oct 16, 2010
The Russian network is not an official Wirtland network: membership in it does not make you a citizen of Wirtland. But Wirtland welcomes this initiative, and hopes that localized witizens networks will help to popularize Wirtland around the globe.
Sep 28, 2010
How to sell a square mile of wasteland for 2.6 billion dollars? A micronation proposes new way to raise money to help developing countries
Wirtland, an internet community which considers itself a micronation, invented a new way to generate funds to help small developing countries.
Many small third world countries have scarce resources, almost non-existent economies, and extremely high levels of unemployment. However, even the smallest of them possess territory - and that's what matters in Wirtland’s plan. According to it, all currently unused, barren or abandoned territory, including mountains, wasteland left over after mining, or even adjacent sea, lagoons, coral reef can become a source of immediate income. How?
Wirtland proposes to sell the plots of such territory. Though the current market price of such plots is close so zero, Wirtland knows how to make them attractive to buyers. Here's the catch: first Wirtland proposes to formally acquire this territory, because this web-based micronation aspires to become a real sovereign country, and therefore needs own legitimate land. This is not as fantastic as it sounds – the international law (Montevideo Convention) leaves the door open for formation of new states. To be eligible for international recognition Wirtland needs territory - even a symbolic piece of land, which is not under jurisdiction of any other country. It can be achieved through a contract with a country, which wants to cash in on its unused land resources and agrees to transfer a piece of its territory to Wirtland.
Such an agreement will be the world’s first case of legal formation of a new country from a virtual community. It will be an unparalleled global sensation, and immediately will bring the agreement in the focus of world attention. This is one of reason why Wirtland hopes there is market for its plots. Another reason is citizenship of the world’s newest state and other benefits which come along with passport of Wirtland, which will no longer be just a virtual micronation, but a fully-fledged sovereign state. Yet another reason of high demand in Wirtland property will be its competitive pricing – many times lower than other options for second citizenship on the market today. Of course, no one will physically move to a Pacific island or other remote property. Wirtland will remain a virtual country, so all its citizens will safely remain in their homes, but with legitimate second passports, certificates of land ownership, and full sets of human rights including free travel, or rights to elect and be elected for various positions within the ever-growing global state.
As Wirtland divides the land into tiny plots and offers them for sale, all the profits will go into the budget of the donor country. This is how the developing nation will financially benefit from the deal: its government will receive income from otherwise worthless land. A simple calculation shows that, if Wirtland sells symbolic 1 square meter of land for a symbolic one thousand dollars, just one hectare (100m x 100m) of territory will bring 10 million dollars to the developing nation. And a single square mile may bring in a hefty 2,6 billion addition to the country’s budget!
Wirtland’s gain from the deal is not financial – by acquisition of a formal territory it becomes eligible for international recognition, for the first time in the world history. This is why the size and quality of territory are not important for Wirtland. In fact, Wirtland may sell plots from more than one developing country, strengthening its statehood by stepping into several regions of the world – in case the sufficient demand for Wirtland’s plots and alternative citizenship.
It is known officially that Wirtland started its contacts with potential partner countries with Nauru, a tiny Pacific nation. How the developing countries will react to Wirtland’s proposal is yet to be seen. There are dozens cash-strapped third-world nations in the world today. Even if just one of them takes the virtual micronation seriously, it will be a major sign of the times, showing that virtual life is firmly setting its rules everywhere, and changing profoundly the life of 21 century.
Aug 23, 2010
Aug 20, 2010
Aug 18, 2010
Thank you, Madonna. You are always welcome in our country at Wirtland.com/ Wirtland.net!
To be on the safer side, Wirtland PR department contacted Madonna's official representation to verify if the congratulation in fact came from the pop superstar.
Aug 17, 2010
1. Two years of Wirtland
Wirtland is two years old. Not much for a country. But a lot for a micronation. Starting from zero in 2008, Wirtland became the world’s largest micronation. We are happy to welcome new citizens almost daily. They come from every country of the world. Wirtland’s plastic ID cards are being used for identification by people on all five continents. Our Citizenship Application Form is now available in 12 languages (English, Spanish, Bulgarian, Turkish, Portuguese, Russian, Thai, Korean, Dutch, Italian, Chinese, Japanese), and all translations have been done by our citizens. It’s not a big exaggeration to say that Wirtland is everywhere.
Like any new project, we had our ups and downs. Our gold and silver coins have been a fantastic success, instantly making Wirtland the world’s only micronation to produce such objects. But direct retail sales of coins became too expensive for the mint, because sending precious metals to many countries is restricted. That’s why the coins are now available only from re-sellers. Our mint is ready to produce the coins in bulk. We still need to find the way to distribute them.
Wirtland ID cards are becoming popular. The orders have come from a wide range of countries – from Canada to Turkey. Obviously, the witizens find ways to make them useful for real life purposes, for instance to use along with a credit card, or to prove one’s age. Though we had to increase the card issuance fee in accordance with our printshop’s pricelist, the demand for the cards remains stable. In future, we want to make the cards much more useful. As IDs have names and unique numbers, they can be used as discount cards. We are seeking merchants willing to accept them, offering discount to citizens and attracting new clients.
One of more serious landmarks of Wirtland’s history was development of our plan for real land acquisition. This plan is a barter deal between Wirtland and a recognized country. According to it, Wirtland helps such a country to make financial profit out of its unused territory, in exchange for a transfer of symbolic piece of land to us. Fantastic as it sounds, this plan has nothing impossible about it. Of course, we are realists and did not expect success after one or two attempts. We will continue to carefully identify potential partner countries and work to establish contact with them.
One of our top priorities, if not the highest one, is raising awareness about Wirtland in the world. In accomplishing this aim, the first year of Wirtland was very successful, with dozens of articles and two television shows: on America’s FOX Channel, and on Bulgaria’s main BTV Channel. I have to admit that the second year was less bright. One of the reasons was, probably, the painful exodus from our hosting provider, caused by change in its pricing policy. However, a large part of responsibility remains on Wirtland’s administration, and personally on me. In the future I will take more active part in the popularization of Wirtland. Also, I want to facilitate contact with the citizens and the press, and establish a direct questions-and-answers hotline with my office. At the same time, I strongly believe that citizens of Wirtland also need to play a more active role in spreading the word about our project.
Economic sustainability of Wirtland is another core priority. Many ideas have been proposed, but no considerable business projects have been realized or even developed so far. I believe this is natural. The number of our population is still very low, while for business projects we need highly experienced professionals. But they are too few, and in high demand – even in the big countries. So, we do not dramatize the lack of business activity, but we want to encourage more initiative in the business field. One of promising directions is the “Wirtland Franchise” model, which serves a dual purpose: profit generation and popularization of Wirtland. “Wirtland Franchise” is, essentially, use of word Wirtland as a part of brand name for various new products. This model was first proposed by a South African winemaker, who wanted to sell wine under Wirtland label (“real wine from virtual land”). The same approach may apply to a variety of products and services, and we hope it will prove successful eventually.
2010 was also marked by establishment of Wirtland Institute. Wirtland Institite (WI) and Global Antiwar Party (GAP) are two Wirtland’s pilot projects in the humanitarian field. They are conceived to demonstrate Wirtland’s stand in the theory of statehood (WI) and in the practice of political life (GAP). Of course, they are still in embryonic phase, just like Wirtland itself. But we believe they serve as an important message, that Wirtland is more than just another online game or business venture, and has ambitious goals in politics and policy as well.
2. Witizen Services
After this overview, let briefly touch upon our new initiative - Witizen Services.
Wirtland’s overall concept is simple. We want to build the country around the person. We are not starting with institutions, laws and other mechanisms. We want to address person’s needs, first and foremost. This is why we are now developing Witizen Services.
First, we want to learn what services are most needed by the people.
Second, we will define what services Wirtland can render, taking into account our natural limitations as non-recognized country. We will hire qualified personnel and start rendering the services. The personnel will receive salary. The salary will be formed from the service fees.
What services will that be? Let witizens decide. It will depend on the people’s demands, and Wirtland’s ability to find appropriate professionals. From legal services to consulting, from information and translation services to security, from medical to religious. As witizens come from every professional sphere, our range may be rather broad.
Among the most obvious services that Wirtland should offer to our citizens is protection and legal advice. If you believe that you are in trouble and need legal support, perhaps contacting Wirtland’s lawyer would be a good idea. If you feel you were offended, maybe Wirtland can protect you. There is a chance that a witizen, who is willing and able to help, is nearby. We just need more information to release the full potential of witizenship. That’s why we are starting Witizen Services and looking forward to hearing from you!
With best regards,
Alexander, Chancellor of Wirtland
[This text will be updated with more information and hyperlinks. Please come back later for links to appropriate pages]
Aug 14, 2010
We will be adding special anniversary news to this post. In the meantime, here is a small gift to Wirtland's citizens and friends: official Wirtland Anthem Ringtone for mobile phones. This jazzy tune is less formal than any ordinary anthem - relaxed and easy just like Wirtland itself as compared to traditional countries!
We have also prepared some Special Anniversary Edition souvenirs for Wirtland fans: T-shirts, mugs, etc. Tell us if you like them or want something new. Check back for more Anniversary merchandise and souvenirs here.