Republic of Zaqistan
Motto: Quispiam Ex Nusquam
(Something From Nothing)
|November 19, 2005|
Zaqistan, officially the Republic of Zaqistan, is a micronation in Box Elder County, Utah, created in 2005 by self-declared president Zaq Landsberg. Landsberg pays property taxes on the land, which has no residents or buildings on it, although he has installed monuments and a border patrol gate. The country grants citizenship for free to anyone who asks for it, with the option of obtaining a passport for a suggested USD$50 fee.
Landsberg, a sculptor who lives in Brooklyn, bought the property in July 2005 for $610. It has been variously described as being 2-acres or 4-acres. The nearest town is Montello, Nevada, about 60 miles away.
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