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Man Builds 'Sovereign Nation' On Remote Desert In Utah (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Zaq Landsberg bought four acres in Box Elder County, Utah, a decade ago, which he has dubbed the Republic of Zaqistan (video below).

"Out here, it's not that crazy of an idea to have your own little spot and to do your own thing and to have your own space -- and the privacy to do that," Landsberg told KSL.

"The conceptual goal is that I want it to be real country," he added. "I mean, that goal is not going to happen. It's impossible, but going through the motions, [I'm] trying to make that happen."

Zaqistan is about 60 miles away from the nearest town, and 15 miles from any paved roads.

Landsberg created a website to show off his country's Decennial Monument, Port of Entry (a crossing gate that can be walked around easily), Victory Arch and Mt. Insurmountable, which is the highest point in the nation.

Landsberg explained to KSL that his sovereign nation is actually an art project.

"My goal is to probe those little areas, to try and find what [sovereignty] does mean," he said.

"Zaqistan works the best, I think, when it's wedged up against the real world, and interacts, when the passports circulate," he added.

Landsberg refers to his property taxes as "tributes" to keep relations good with Box Elder County, but he isn't keen on revealing exactly where his country is to the media.

Sources: KSL, Republic of Zaqistan / Picture Credit: KSL Screenshot