Wirtland, founded in 2008, claims to be the world's first internet-based sovereign country. It is described as “experiment into legitimacy and self-sustainability of a country without its own soil”. Wirtland’s citizenship is open to anyone over 18 years of age, and currently has about 8000 citizens, which makes it the world’s largest micronation in terms of population.
Wirtland is represented through its network of citizens at www.wirtland.net, and an information site at www.wirtland.com, its own blogs, as well as social network channels (facebook, twitter). Wikipedia entries on Wirtland are present in 11 language versions of Wikipedia.
Facts about Wirtland:
− Wirtland became the first micronation to produce gold and silver coins (Wirtland Crane – a 1/10 oz. coin minted in 24 carat gold, and Silver Crane), which are rare collector’s items.
− Wirtland produces plastic ID cards for its citizens
− Wirtland granted its citizenship to Julian Assange (2010) and Edward Snowden (2013)
− In 2010 Wirtland announced a plan of acquisition of land by consent from Nauru. If successful, it could be first case of peaceful formation of new country 'from scratch', making Wirtland eligible for international diplomatic recognition according to Article 1 of Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States
− Wirtland was the first to launch versatile medical consultation services over the internet.
− Wirtland has official representatives in 8 countries in Europe, South America, North America.