Social Networks…….or………Virtual Countries? 2011.07.19
We commonly refer to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn as social
networks. But couldn’t these communities also be seen as virtual
countries? This article attempts to explore the latent power behind
these organizations and how they might effect, maybe even challenge,
the traditional nation-state.
The DaVinci Institute. The virtual country: six possible scenarios for the creation of viable virtual countries
The Internet, while still in its infancy, has created borderless
economies, that are confusing the issues of power and control, and even
the sovereignty of nations. We are now entering into a new era of
public power and control. The true power that is beginning to emerge is
Technocratic, meaning that we are beginning to reorganize the world
around the technical imperatives of global competitiveness and economic
The nation-state has only been around for roughly 350 years. It is
ludicrous for us to think that it will still be around 1,000 years from
now. So if it is going to change, how is it going to change, and when
is it going to change?
The surge in interest in online communities has given rise to unique
groupings of people based on cross-cultural commonalities. The strength
of many of these commonalities often transcends present loyalties to
country or nationality. In short, the driving force of money will, in
many people’s minds, force the issues of culture and heritage to take a
Emerging forces in globalism has given rise to the notion of creating
Virtual Countries, countries without land and without borders.
Citizens of Virtual Countries will live in existing land-based
countries; abide by their laws; and, at the same time, hold two or more
On the following pages we will look at how new countries are born,
the evolutionary forces that have created our present nation-state, and
some possible scenarios that may create the next Copernican Shift in
the global political arena.
Wirtland claims to be the world's first internet-based sovereign
country. Wirtland is an experiment into legitimacy and
self-sustainability of a country without its own soil.
The Times of Wirtland
Official source of news and opinion from Wirtland, the world's first sovereign country based in internet.
Witizens of Wirtland network
Network of citizens of Wirtland, currently the World's largest web-based sovereign country
The Wirtland Institute (WI) was founded in March 2010 as a center for
research, analysis, and professional dialogue in the area of new forms
WI is conceived to become Wirtland's "think tank" and produce policy
recommendations for the first sovereign cybercountry. WI is independent
from the government of Wirtland; WI's authors and experts are not
limited to citizens of Wirtland.
The Wirtland Institute welcomes high-quality contributions from international experts.
Facebook Wirtland page. 2009.01.04
Wirtland is based on the concept of a country that transcends
national borders without breaching or lessening the sovereignty of any
involved. Many people feel powerless when it comes to the events that
transpire within the governments of their home country, so the creation
of a country where they can enact changes and contribute in a
meaningful way makes them feel better. This idea could become a
movement and given time, could affect change in the real world.
Wirtland is the world's first sovereign country based in internet (www.wirtland.com
It is a political experiment into legitimacy and self-sustainability of
a country without its own soil. Wirtland was founded on August 14,
LinkedIn Web-based Country of Wirtland: Business and Social Opportunities. 2008.10.26
Wirtland is the first experimental web-based sovereign country (www.wirtland.com
It is not a computer game. We aim at building working communities,
which will offer political and economic benefits, generate new
employment opportunities and income, provide for new source of artistic
creativity and independent opinion-sharing.
I wanted to start a discussion of business opportunities and social
networking opportunities which may be offered by a virtual country. The
best ideas will be implemented, if we join our efforts... Serious
professional opinions welcome!
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Wirtland is first sovereign country in cyberspace