Feb 10, 2016

First official Representative is appointed

Government of Wirtland is pleased to communicate that Boris Siomin was appointed as official Representative of Wirtland. His geographical location is Israel. His communication languages are English, Russian, Hebrew.

Wirtland extends warm congratulations to Boris! He became the first Representative of Wirtland, having responded to announcement published on February 9th. We hope that before long Wirtland will have an effective network of Representatives in many cities of the world.

The Representatives will offer assistance to new members and answer questions. The status of official Representative of Wirtland will be regulated by special Law which is currently under development. The Representatives will have an access to a special group Wirtland Staff.

The nearest Representative can be found easily using the map here.

Jan 24, 2016

IT companies with no street address on their websites? Wirtland's solution

There are IT companies which don’t publish their geographical coordinates on their websites, and only use a web contact form. They often offer excellent quality services and normal customer support, but the users don’t have an idea where the company is registered. It may be harmful for customer satisfaction and to overall firm’s credibility. What can be done to solve the problem, with due respect to corporate confidentiality policy?

Our answer is registration in Wirtland. Wirtland is the world’s first internet-based sovereign country.

A Wirtland address is original and secure. Registration is completely legal (more info: http://wirtland.agilityhoster.com/legal.html). Legally, it’s similar to registration in a real country like Northern Cyprus, but is much more fun. Some countries already consider diplomatic recognition of Wirtland, see http://tinyurl.com/7r6m9p.

For partner company, a Wirtland address is a logical answer to questions about location, as it’s natural for IT firm to be registered in internet-based country. Wirtland address also adds to company’s visibility, as each partner gets press coverage and extra space in Wirtland’s sites. For Wirtland, registration of businesses is an important way to become self-sustainable. We will form a network of companies registered in Wirtland, which will help to expand professional contacts between members.

Wirtland will also issue its quality certification label. With time, “Made in Wirtland” label for online services will be like “Swiss Made” for watches!

Read more about business opportunities here. Also, Wirtland's newly-relaunched social network "Witizens of Wirtland" offers several groups to discuss business-related issues:

Jobs and Profits
Possibilities to earn money in Wirtland: employment, services offered, business ideas, funds transfer, insurance.

Angel Club
An angel investor or angel (known as a business angel or informal investor in Europe) is an affluent individual who provides capital for a business start-up, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity.

Entrepreneur Club
The practice of starting new organizations or revitalizing mature ones, particularly new businesses generally in response to identified opportunities. ECW will support entrepreneurs of Wirtland, trying to approach ideas to capital. Public 1 2008-12-19

Business Council of Wirtland
BCW is a forum for business leaders and professionals who wish to make Wirtland the best place to do business.

Bank of Wirtland
The first product of the Bank of Wirtland is ”Wirtland Crane” coin. If you bought a coin, you became a contributor to the Bank because the premium (difference between prices of gold and coin) goes to Bank. Discuss the coin, suggest new products here.

New members are welcome to register and interact.

Jan 20, 2016

New Witizens Network 2.0 is under construction

Good news, friends: Finally our Witizens of Wirtland (WoW) network is starting to be fixed!

Actually, not fixed, but re-built in a new place by hand – so no automatic import of all data is possible, unfortunately. So you may need to go through a new registration process. But it’s easy

Feel free to register and test WoW 2.0!

In the WoW 2.0 we will be adding new functionality. It will be available to registered members. For example, now you may see possibility to use Twitter directly from your member page. Feel free to test, and report how the new functions work. And your suggestions and ideas are welcome!

Also, we really need to raise funds to cover the network refurbishment and other current costs. So, if some of you could donate 5 or more dollars now (use PayPal Donate button), we would appreciate. You may also consider placing a banner ad. Thanks in advance, and welcome to WoW network!

Feb 22, 2015

Wirtland's network is experiencing difficulties

Wirtland's social network Witizens of Wirtland (WoW) - www.wirtland.net - is currently experiencing technical difficulties. The reason is unclear - it may be some technical problem or a hacker's attack.

You can still browse the WoW site, but may encounter problem with new member registration and sign-in, and some interactive capabilities may be restricted.

Until the WoW functionality is back to normal, we suggest to use official Wirtland Group in Facebook for interaction and new member registration.

Sep 23, 2014

Wirtland Under Attack

Witizens of Wirtland (WoW) - our social network - has been attacked. Wirtland.net became unavailable.

Our hosting provider reports that all the files and backups disappeared.

We are working to restore or, rather, rebuild the network. Thank you for cooperation and support.

Once the new platform is up, it will re-appear under the old Wirtland.net address.

Aug 13, 2014

Happy Wirtland Day!

Happy Wirtland Day!!!

Wirtland is 6 year old, and we will never give up. In fact, in the turbulent times of conflict like the world is experiencing now, we are getting stronger, as more new citizens are choosing the Wirtland alternative.

Active witizens are cordially invited to our newest Wirtland Nation Conference project - to meet and interact in real life (see https://www.facebook.com/WitiMeet)

Jan 29, 2014

What a shame, Wiki!

Cris (Wirtland's PR manager) writes on January 29 on his facebook page:
Today I received a message from Wikipedia, that someone deleted Wirtland entry from English Wikipedia! The guy who did this is “…a conservative Christian from west-central Ohio, currently in graduate school in Indiana…” (as he tells himself).

Speechless! What a shame, Wiki! How a single and pretty uneducated person can just delete your article, used by thousands of people for years???

Wiki message offers a way to contact this so-called “editor”:
 mail: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:EmailUser/Nyttend
 wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Nyttend
Shall we do something to restore Wirtland’s rights and fight against ignorance? If there are people knowledgeable in dealing with the dark dungeons of Wikipedia, please comment and tell us what should be done.

In a few minutes after this was posted in Wirtland's facebook page and other medias, Wirtland's citizen Ivan Camilo Quintero Santacruz quickly acted to restore the Wirtland article. Apparently, Ivan has the editor's rights at Wiki. Thank you, Ivan, bravo!

However, the article still has a subpage for discussion about deletion (here), where registered users may oppose or support it.

We wanted to add that the Wirtland article in English Wiki has been running for 5.5 years without problems. Also, it has "sister articles" in 9 other languages - in Български (Bulgarian), Español, Esperanto, فارسی (Farsi), Français, Interlingua, Русский (Russian), Türkçe, Українська (Ukrainian).

Jul 21, 2013

Wirtland citizenship for Edward Snowden

Government of Wirtland decided to grant Wirtland citizenship to Edward Snowden. The official letter from the world's first sovereign cybercountry underlines Mr. Snowden's "contribution in protection of human rights in the internet". Official residence permit was issued in the name of Edward Joseph Snowden.

Your case has vividly showed to the global community  how the modern technologies can be used for purposes different from what people subscribe to, when they sign up for web-based services. While citizenship of a cybercountry may seem merely symbolic, you know about the potential of social projects in the internet and their influence on real life.  Wirtland offers our citizenship to show our support to your case, and our appreciation of your achievements," - states the Wirtland's letter to Mr. Snowden.

Mr. Snowden, former technical contractor for the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and CIA, leaked details of top-secret U.S. and British mass surveillance programs to the press. On June 23, 2013, US officials said that Snowden's US passport had been revoked.

In 2010 Wirtland granted citizenship to Julian Assange.

Feb 19, 2013

Wirtland in Ukraine’s Wiki

The Ukrainian Wikipedia became 9th Wikipedia to feature an entry on Wirtland!

Oct 30, 2012

Wirtland Introduces Processing Fee For New Citizenship Applications

As a measure against illegitimate applications, Wirtland has recently introduced the application processing fee. The fee is set at 5 US$ (about 3,8 EUR) in any currency, payable by PayPal or credit card. When new applicant requests a Residence Permit, he or she is supposed to include a notification about payment together with a completed Application Form. This symbolic fee helps to filter our underage applicants and spammers. 

Please note that Wirtland citizenship, including membership in Witizens Network, remains completely free. This application processing fee is applicable only if you are requesting an official Wirtland document, i.e. submitting an application for Residence Permit.

Aug 23, 2012

These Wirtland Applications Are Not Official

We have spotted several applications for Android and other devices, which are based on the content of Wirtland sites. While Wirtland does not object against using our content and images are for non-commercial purposes, the Government of Wirtland states that these applications are not official products, and Wirtland has no connection with creators or sellers of such products.

Aug 13, 2012

Russian video on Wirtland: Happy Wirtland Day!

This video was posted on Wirtland's facebook timeline today - on Wirtland Day. Fun stuff. A nice way to celebrate our anniversary.

A very happy Wirtland Day to everybody!

And thanks to Andrey Nifedov for this nice video.

Jul 20, 2012

Is it possible to buy Wirtland project?

Dear witizens,

Today we have received the following message – see below. I replied that we need to discuss ths publicly. Please post your comments. Thank you.

michael posted an update in the group Associates:
Hello, I represent an investment fund. We are interested in web assets. Is it possible to buy Wirtland project? Who should be contacted? Thanks.
PS. This is not a joke.

Admin replied:
Thank you for your interest. I think we should discuss this publicly

Dec 4, 2011

An easy way to recognize Wirtland

There are many ways to attract people's attention to Wirtland. Recognition is one of them. It sounds official, but in fact you do not need to be General Secretary of United Nations, or a president of some country, to recognize Wirtland. There is a very simple way to recognize our country. Almost every webmaster and owner of internet resource can do that.

When you register yourself at various internet services, you often need to select your country from a drop-down list. So, I am talking about inclusion of Wirtland into such drop-down country list. This can be done very easily by a small change in the coding. Some websites have done that already for Wirtland. The latest example is Slovenian resource (see picture).

For Wirtland, this is important. And for the websites this is useful, too, because of marketing effect. "Our site recognizes virtual country" - is a slogan which helps to stand out, and may draw new clients. So, a small change in coding is well worth the effort.

Dec 1, 2011

Wirtland enters the Farsi Wikipedia

Do you speak Farsi? The Farsi version of Wikipedia now has an article on Wirtland. Farsi, or Iranian, has become the 9th language in which Wikipedia articles on Wirtland are available. Wikipedia's coverage of Wirtland is growing steadily. The first article on Wirtland appeared in Bulgarian Wiki, soon followed by English, Spanish, Russian and other language versions.

Nov 28, 2011

Wirtland article in Russian weekly

The November issue of Russian newspaper F5 features a large article about Wirtland. F5 is a full-colour printed weekly focusing on Russian-language internet. One-page article by Kirill Alekhin from newspaper's Subculture Section starts with phrase: "They are not satisfied with reality, they want to live in another world, in a different state...". Here are the links to full text of article in PDF and in JPG. Plain-text version can be found here. Comments by Russian-reading witizens are welcome!

Nov 26, 2011

Wirtland Offers Web Hosting Service

Citizens of Wirtland opened a business, which seems a logical choice for cybercountry: re-selling web hosting. Wirtland Hosting Service (WHS) is a company registered in Wirtland. As one of official businesses of Wirtland, WHS bears the Wirtland Quality Certificate. The new site can be found here.
Hosting plans by WHS with unlimited disk space start from $2.99/month (€2.26/month)

Nov 4, 2011

Wirtland on Slovenian Television

Today Wirtland appeared in television news broadcast in Slovenia. This is the video from today's news on Sponka television channel, covering Wirtland. The text can be found at Novice: Sponka TV. Wirtland greets all Slovenian-speaking people, and today Slovenian Club was opened at Wirtland.net.

Slovenia is the third country of the world which covered Wirtland in television news. In the past, American FOX News broadcasted the interview with Larry Fiorino on Wirtland (see clip here) and Bulgarian National BTV Channel organized a live interview with several witizens (see clip here).

Oct 27, 2011

Show Wirtland Identity With Style: Accessories With Embroidery

An elegant way to demonstrate your Witizen identity is wearing Wirtland's merchandise. Apart from traditional T-shirts and mugs, our two online shops offer a choice of items for winter season. Quality embroidery adds a touch of style to items such as lady's bags, polo shirts or winter pullovers. As always, you may customize your item by adding your own text, changing color and style.

Check other items in Witizen Gift Company and Wirtland Design. And your new designs and ideas are always welcome!

Oct 24, 2011

Wirtland Offers Medical Services And Employment For Doctors

Wirtland aims to be useful to citizens. This is the cornerstone of our concept of a state. The country must constantly improve the life of citizens, make it more convenient, and create new opportunities of income generation for them.

This proves to be possible, despite natural limitations which we have as a virtual country. A good example is Wirtland Medical Centre (WIMEC), which has been growing since 2008. WIMEC was conceived to be a hub of online medical consultations, open 24 hours every day of the week, in a choice of languages. It serves two purposes:
  • For users WIMEC is a unique service, where people can find the needed online medical consultant, who speaks their language. Consultation is done online through Skype call or video call. Users can rate the quality of consultations.
  • For medical professionals WIMEC is an income-generating opportunity. Doctors give professional consultations, earning consultancy fees which they choose themselves, paid through Skype Prime. If you are a certified doctor, and you want to offer your services for WIMEC, you may add your listing here. You do not need to be necessarily a citizen of Wirtland.
WIMEC is not a commercial project: Wirtland will not charge doctors any fee for listing at WIMEC. Medical specialists will not pay commission from earned professional fees. WIMEC is not involved in the pricing policies of the doctors - they set up their fees independently. The first introductory call to the specialist is always FREE of charge.

WIMEC service is open to everybody (not just witizens). The users are encouraged to send their feedback with reviews of quality of consultations which they received. Doctors from all over the world are welcome to join WIMEC listing. Wirtland also opened WIMEC Group at for professionals. 

Oct 16, 2011

Wirtland Announces Partnership with AgilityHoster

(Wirtland Press Release)

Internet-based country of Wirtland announced partnership with AgilityHoster, which became the official web hosting provider or world’s largest cybercountry.

October 16, 2011 – Wirtland and AgilityHoster have entered into an alliance that is set to boost “Witizens of Wirtland” (WoW) – the fast-growing social network of Wirtland’s citizens – and to deliver top-level services to its global members.

“Partnership with a reliable, modern internet service company is a backbone of an innovative web project such as Wirtland. We hope cooperation with AgilityHoster will be long-lasting and mutually rewarding”, - said the head of state of Wirtland. “After 3 years of constant growth, our project has become ripe enough to have it own social platform, independent from commercial network providers, free for all members, and free from advertising”. The all-new WoW network can be found at usual unchanged address www.wirtland.net.

President & CEO of AgilityHoster said: “It was about time people to start associating the Internet as a virtual land and participating in virtual countries. We at Agilityhoster.com praise the freedom on the Internet and this is the reason we provide free web hosting services for all that want to upload web pages or website. Speaking for freedom and choice online we find so many similarities with Wirtland project. This is a new one unique and very exciting project of the modern and free minded people”.

To better protect personal data of citizens, the new WoW Network does not import automatically all nearly 2000 members from Wirtland’s old network. Instead, the existing members are encouraged to register new profiles.

Founded in 2008, Wirtland represents people from all five continents. Wirtland issues plastic ID cards, mints its own gold and silver coins. Wirtland's population is around 2,000. In 2010 Wirtland established The Wirtland Institute (www.wirtland.org) as a center for research and professional dialogue in the area of new forms of statehood.

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About Wirtland
Wirtland (www.Wirtland.com) is the first internet-based sovereign state, an experiment into legitimacy and self-sustainability of a country without its own soil. Wirtland was founded on August 14, 2008 as a public initiative. Its population is currently approximately 2000 citizens from all five continents. It is represented through its official website http://www.Wirtland.com, its social network http://
www.Wirtland.net, and “The Times of Wirtland” at http://wirtland.blogspot.com.

About AgilityHoster

Agilityhoster (www.agilityhoster.com) is fast growing free web hosting services company based in Germany. We aim to provide free web hosting services to all that need stable service in no or low cost, however in the same time offer professional hosting solutions for businesses individuals and anybody that has demand for quality shared hosting, semi-dedicated servers or Virtual Private Servers.

Sep 17, 2011

Finally, a brand-new and fully independent social network platform for Wirtland!

Finally, Wirtland is on the way to get its own platform for social network. From beginning, Witizens of Wirtland Network (W.o.W. Network) was based on Ning platform, later migrated to Grou.ps. The quality and reliability of commercial hosting providers was often insufficient. And they were becoming increasingly greedy. Ning, and later Grou.ps demanded that Wirtland upgrades to more expensive service plans, since our membership was growing every day. But Wirtland's policy is unchanged: citizenship of Wirtland will always remain free, and there will be no obligatory membership fees!

There were many discussions about necessity of creation of an independent platform for WoW Network, which finally are leading to a concrete achievement. The first independent network is now open for membership and testing at http://witi.medianewsonline.com. It's yet in beta testing stage, but its functionality is extending every day. The good thing is that it's completely free from any non-Wirtland branding or advertising.

With time, all the content will migrate from old network to the new one. But this process is not automatic, and migration of 2000 member profiles by hand is a very complicated process. Therefore, we are encouraging every witizen to register himself/herself at the new network. We are also asking to consider voluntary donations to Wirtland (of $10 or above), to help us cover the costs of migration and new network setup. This is completely voluntary, non-obligatory support. Our Donations page is here.

The new network is based on customized version of BuddyPress software. The hosting provider is Wirtland's long-time partner Agilityhoster. Comments and suggestions from users will be appreciated. Feedback from programmers, designers, and other professionals interested in helping the project is also welcome. Wirtland's old and new citizens are welcome at new site!

Dec 28, 2010

Wirtland citizenship for Julian Assange

Government of Wirtland decided to grant Wirtland citizenship to Julian Assange. The official letter from the world's first sovereign cybercountry underlines Mr. Assange's "great accomplishments in changing the public perception of internet and its role in the world's balance of power". Official residence permit was issued in the name of Julian Assange.

Your example has vividly demonstrated how quickly and efficiently the internet can influence real life. While citizenship of a cybercountry may seem merely symbolic today, you know better than anybody else the potential of cyberspace and the role of web social projects in the near future. Wirtland offers our citizenship to show our support to your case, and our appreciation of your achievements," - states the Wirtland's letter to Mr. Assange.

Mr. Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, is currently under house arrest in England pending an extradition hearing. For his work with WikiLeaks, Assange received a number of awards and nominations, including the 2009 Amnesty International Media Award and Readers' Choice for Time magazine's 2010 Person of the Year.

Update added on January 7, 2011:
Breaking News: Wirtland is on the way to producing the new Wirtland Crane coin, which will bear Julian Assange's portrait - to commemorate his witizenship and raise support.
We announce a contest for the best text of inscription for the Assange coin. Please submit proposals as comments here, or email to contest3 (at) wirtland (dot) com. The winner gets the nation-wide praise and coins with his text.

Dec 14, 2010

Wear Wirtland T-Shirt and support release of Assange, Khodorkovsky

You can demonstrate your Witizen identity and at the same time show your support to political victims in other countries. Wirtland's official shop has approved designs for T-shirts "FREE Julian Assange" and "FREE Mikhail Khodorkovsky". Both well-known prisoners are awaiting sentence in their countries. The garments can be purchased with or without the inscription "Wirtland", so you may use them optionally without association with Wirtland. All profit will go to Wirtland's charity fund.

Oct 16, 2010

Wirtland Network in Russian: Виртландия ПО-РУССКИ!

Witizens of Wirtland Social Network (W.o.W.) is expanding. Recently a group of Russian-speaking witizens opened a localized witizens network with user interface and commands convenient for users of Cyrillic alphabet - Russians, Bulgarians, Ukrainians. But it is not limited to Cyrillic users only. In accordance with Wirtland's principles, the new network can be automatically translated to any language - just like the main W.o.W. Non-Russian speakers can also sign up using translated interfaces.
The Russian network is not an official Wirtland network: membership in it does not make you a citizen of Wirtland. But Wirtland welcomes this initiative, and hopes that localized witizens networks will help to popularize Wirtland around the globe.