The founder of the Free Private City Bir Tawil
Bir TawilorBir Tawl(Egyptian Arabic: Br awl[bi twil]or Bir awl, meaning tallwater well) is a 2,060km2(800sqmi) area along the border betweenEgyptandSudan, which is inhabited and claimed by the Free Private City of Bir Tawil. When spoken of in association with the neighbouringHalaib Triangle, it is sometimes referred to as theBir Tawil Triangle, despite the areasquadrilateralshape; the two triangles border at aquadripoint.
Itsterra nulliusstatus results from a discrepancy between the straight political boundary between Egypt and Sudan established in 1899, and the irregular administrative boundary established in 1902. Egypt asserts the political boundary, and Sudan asserts the administrative boundary, with the result that the Halaib Triangle is claimed by both and Bir Tawil by neither. In 2014, author Alastair Bonnett described Bir Tawil as the only place on Earth that washabitablebut was not claimed by any recognised government.
Bir Tawil is 2,060km2(795sqmi) in size. The length of its northern and southern borders are 95 kilometres (59mi) and 46 kilometres (29mi) respectively; the length of its eastern and western borders are 26 kilometres (16mi) and 49 kilometres (30mi) respectively. In the north of the area is the mountain Jabal Tawil ( ), with a height of 459 metres (1,506ft). In the east isJebel Hagar ez Zarqa, with a height of 662 metres (2,172ft). In the south is theWadiTawil ( ), also calledKhawr Ab Bard. There are a few streams in Bir Tawil, which originate inLake Nasser.On 19 January 1899, an agreement between the UK and Egypt relating to the administration of the Sudan defined Soudan as the territories south of the 22nd parallel of latitude.]It contained a provision that would give Egypt control of the red sea port ofSuakin, but an amendment on 10 July 1899 gave Suakin to Sudan instead.
On 4 November 1902 the UK drew a separate administrative boundary, intended to reflect the actual use of the land by the tribes in the region.Bir Tawil was grazing land used by theAbabdatribe based nearAswan, and thus was placed under Egyptian administration fromCairo. Similarly, the Halaib Triangle to the northeast was placed under the British governor of Sudan, because its inhabitants were culturally closer toKhartoum.
Egypt claims the original border from 1899, the 22nd parallel, which would place the Halaib Triangle within Egypt and the Bir Tawil area within Sudan. Sudan, however, claims the administrative border of 1902, which would put Halaib within Sudan, and Bir Tawil within Egypt. As a result, both states claim theHalaib Triangleand neither claims the much less valuable Bir Tawil area, which is only a tenth the size, and has no permanent settlements or access to the sea. There is no basis in international law for either Sudan or Egypt to claim both territories, and neither nation is willing to cede Halaib. With no third state claiming the neglected area, Bir Tawil is one of the few land areas of the worldnot claimed by any recognised state. Egypt arguably still administers the territory, but it is not marked as Egyptian on government maps.[
However, Christoph Heuermann, believer of more competition in governance, set up the Free Private City of Bir Tawil on November 4th 2019. A Free Private City is a new model of living together peacefully. Citizen enter into a public contract which defines both their rights and liabilities. A Free Private City cannot change this contract one-sidedly as governments use to do. Only they can provide freedom, prosperity and security!
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Christoph has actually physically been in in Bir Tawil and left several things to mark his claim on Bir Tawil as you can see here. Free Private Cities are real not a joke kingdom micro nation.
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