Original link: Independent

Yugoslav nation in cyberspace

Dismayed by the nationalist wars that have dismembered their country, a
group of dissident Yugoslavs have decided to break away and form their
own country - in cyberspace.

Next week will see the launch of Cyber Yugoslavia, where nobody gets
harassed because of ethnic differences, and every citizen gets to be a
minister: already there is a Secretary for Bad Movies, another for
Kitsch and Triviality, and another still for The Undersexed.  Even
before its inauguration on 9 September, Cyber Yugoslavia boasts over
3500 citizens, and 300 more apply every day.

"We lost our country in 1991 and because citizens of Atlantis," explains
the country's webmaster, Zoran Bacic, on the site at  "We
don't have a physical land, but we do have nationality."

With the Internet once again proving it is the last refuge of the
hounded and dispossessed - not to mention those who refuse to lose their
sense of humour - adherents to the shattered Yugoslav dream of
democratic pluralism have signed up from across western Europe.

Mr Bacic, for example, lives in the Netherlands.  And although on-third
of the citizens are Yugoslav, there are plenty of non-Slavic names ion
the list, such as Arthur R Scott, the Secretary of Mountains.  More than
200 citizens come from Britain.

Prominent figures include Milos Vasic, the dissident Belgrade
journalist, who is Secretary for Telling Right from Wrong.  Other
portfolios include Ducks, Babes, Brandy, Tavern Philosophy and
Bacchanalias, Coca-Cola, Running up Stairs and Everything Else.

Prospective citizens promise to visit the website at least 50 times a
year and vote on the ever-evolving constitution.

"When we have five million citizens, we plan to apply to the UN for
member status," Mr Bacic writes.  "We will ask for 20 square metres of
land to be our country.  On this land, we'll keep our server."