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If you've ever wanted to proclaim yourself head of state in an unformed country, you'll have to pick from a handful of remote spots.

In theory, land that has never been claimed is up for grabs and can be claimed by anyone for ownership. The reality is that very little unclaimed land is good for settling or even reachable by human means. Mountain areas close to international borders are in dispute along with other uninhabited places.

Territorial waters of any country extend 12 nautical miles (and beyond) from the land.Until a Virginia man claimed the ungoverned and uninhabited territory of Bir Tawil, an 800-square mile strip of desert between Egypt and Sudan, most people were probably under the impression that all the lands on Earth were controlled by one country or another. It's a bit of a surprise that one of the last remaining unclaimed places is not some remote and wild island in a far corner of the world's oceans, but a territory in the middle of a continent between two of North Africa's largest countries.



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"Terra nullius," the Latin expression used in international law to refer to unclaimed land, is still a viable concept. Looking back through history, there are plenty of instances of people claiming territory simply by occupying it. Although occupying land might give you a legal argument for owning it, without recognition from surrounding countries and international organizations like the United Nations, your claim won't mean much.

Jeremiah Heaton, the American who became the self-proclaimed "king" of Bir Tawil in 2014, has said he is planning to approach Egypt, which has de facto control over the area, about recognizing his sovereignty and helping him use the land for some sort of charitable agricultural project, though he's also entertaining offers from private corporations to set up a regulation-free zone in the Bir Tawil borders.



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In 2015, Vít Jedlička, a Czech politician and activist, claimed a parcel of land between Serbia and Croatia along the Danube River and declared it Liberland. Liberland is intended to be something of a libertarian haven, hence the name. Taxes are paid voluntarily, and there will only be a handful of laws to govern the 2.7 square mile country. It has not been recognized by the United Nations.

Recently , an Indian guy Suyash Dixit , proclaimed himself as the ruler of the unclaimed area. He even named it as Kingdom of Dixit.



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here is his facebook post.

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At the very least, stories like the one out of Bir Tawil feed those kinds of adventure daydreams and get people to ask the question: Are there any other lands that have not been claimed?

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