There was a lot of talk, but not yet much action, from folks who threatened to leave the United States if Trump were elected. Canada was frequently mentioned.
I have come across a more interesting idea, and any problems with documentation or quotas will be minimal. I give you: Liberland.
On the West bank of the Danube between Croatia and Serbia lies 21⁄2 square miles of uninhabited swamp. Welcome to Liberland.
This putative nation was discovered, claimed, named and founded by Czech-born Vit Jedlicka, also its first president. He is desperate for citizens, though they can’t actually live, or even go, there.
This little patch of Eastern Europe was once part of Serbia, but after the Yugoslav Civil War in the 1990s, it was ceded to Croatia by treaty. Croatia rejected the treaty because it represented a net loss of territory for that country. Nobody was interested in a swamp.
Along came Mr. Jedlicka in 2015. He and three friends planted a flag, claimed the land for the new country of Liberland, and elected him president.
Croatia will not let President Jedlicka, or anyone else, enter Liberland; nonetheless, Jedlicka has appointed ambassadors, printed passports and, on paper, created a tax-free libertarian paradise. Liberland has not yet joined NATO, but just wait.
Some residents are living offshore in houseboats on the Danube, with another half-million signed up on line.
If you’re planning on leaving the United States, what better place to get in on the ground floor? Granted, Liberland is presently a bit short on amenities. There are no high-rise luxury condos, no beachfront villas, though the Danube is right there. There aren’t any roads for Ferraris or runways for private planes, and not much room to build them.
But think of the opportunities.
If Ms. Goldberg and Mr. Baldwin and all those other big talkers really want things their own way, why bother with Canada? They can go to Liberland and start with a clean slate. I bet Croatia would let rich people in. It would be like having Monte Carlo next to France; some of the wealth would rub off.
Of course, that runway would have to be jammed in, and a power plant — solar in central Europe? — and a water supply — is the Danube clean enough? There is a lot of research to be done, but the good news is that these new immigrants could stay in the old country until everything is ready, because our society is wonderfully tolerant of dissent and stupidity.
That could take quite a while. There hasn’t been a country created from absolutely nothing for a long time.
At least there is no native population to conquer, which is very PC, but starting from scratch leaves a lot of loose ends. There is a constitution, and you can apply on line for citizenship, but you can’t get in, and neighboring countries are ignoring you.
Do you need an army to keep Croatians out? Liberland could be a pretty attractive destination for locals with all those rich former Americans in the middle of a poor, previously communist region.
This all needs to be considered carefully. Perhaps President Trump will appoint an ambassador to Liberland to help work things out, especially if it will speed the exit of distressed Americans. In fact, Ms. Goldberg would be the perfect candidate.
I suspect that Liberland will never catch on beyond its on line presence, but what a perfect metaphor for the modern world — a virtual country.