Dec 27, 2008
>> More feedback: http://www.pressboard.info/Preview.aspx?articleid=107764 (in Bulgarian)
Dec 22, 2008
"More than 180 people have joined Wirtland already, about half of them being our compatriots", - Bulgarian newspaper points out. Official recognition of internet-based worlds is becoming less unusual now, after Sweden was followed by other nations in recognizing Second Life in 2007. The interest of Bulgarians to Wirtland started after a television show at Bulgarian Nova Television. "Telegraph" dedicated a full page's article to Wirtland on December 6th. The Bulgarian daily also showed interest in supporting the Miss Wirtland Photo Contest, which started recently. This comes naturally as majority of the beauty contest's participants are from Bulgaria.
Bulgarian language is becoming increasingly popular in Wirtland. Some of the citizens' forums are now bi-lingual, as, for instance the recently-started "Cooking Book". Participants share the recipes of favourite dishes, and are working to create Wirtland's national food. Other popular ethnic group in the first web-based country is Argentinean, which also organized several meeting points. Importantly, the ethnic groups are not isolated. They actively interact between each other, overriding the language barriers with ease. A new intercultural dialogue project is underway thanks to witizens from the USA. Wirtland Citizenship Application forms are already available in English, Spanish, Bulgarian, and Portuguese. Chinese and Russian forms will be released soon.
Wirtland warmly greets the interest from Bulgarian people and government, and hopes for building mutually beneficial relations with Sofia.
Dec 20, 2008
>> More feedback: http://www.pressboard.info/Preview.aspx?articleid=107689 (in Bulgarian)
Dec 16, 2008
Click on the image to view the article (if you read Bulgarian). The article is illustrated with the Wirtland Residence Permit, Wirtland's postage stamp, and other images. We hope the author or someone of Bulgarian Witizens will translate the article to English, or make a short summary, to make the article available for a broader audience.
>> More feedback: http://www.pressboard.info/Preview.aspx?articleid=107579 (in Bulgarian)
>> More feedback: http://www.pressboard.info/Preview.aspx?articleid=107689 (in Bulgarian)
Nov 29, 2008
That's about it. You receive your personalized Residence Permit. It is an electronic document. It bears the name of the owner and is suitable printing and framing. Alternatively, the document's central yellow-coloured part, also known as the yellow card, may be cut out. It fits any standard passport's page.
The Residence Permit gives you all the rights of a Witizen, including:
- the right to vote and be elected for public positions;
- the right to register a corporation or a representative office of a corporation, a non-profit organization, an association, a political party, or other legal entity in Wirtland;
- possibility to receive a passport and an identification card;
- possibility to register a marriage and receive a marriage certificate;
- the right of nomination for national awards of Wirtland;
- possibility to contribute to this newspaper.
Nov 26, 2008
Recently the Press Section was added to the Wirtland's website. In the Press Section the journalists and other media representatives are now able to view and download the latest press materials, including Wirtland's press releases in PDF format, and high-resolution images. The Press Section will also monitor the international coverage and re-post selected articles.
Nov 18, 2008
You are welcome to post your opinion here, or in the special discussion forum at:
http://witizens.ning.com/forum/topics/legal-aspects-of-wirtland. Questions & opinions are welcome.
Why is UN recognition not required?
Recognition by United Nations Organization or by other states is important for every sovereign country, but it is not a necessary prerequisite for its existence. The Article 3 of Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States (which is considered as major part of customary international law), states:
“The political existence of the state is independent of recognition by the other states.” 
Why Wirtland considers itself sovereign?
According to the above-mentioned Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States, to have sovereignty, a state must have a permanent population, a defined territory, a government, and it must have the capacity to enter into diplomatic relations (Article 1).
Wirtland meets three out of four of these criteria. It has permanent citizens, who receive passports and may register any legal act with the Wirtland’s authority. Wirtland has government and may engage into relations with other entities. The only basic difference between Wirtland and a traditional state is absence of a defined territory. However, many of so-called self-proclaimed states, which meet all four of the Montevideo Convention’s conditions, still are not considered sovereign subjects of international law. This makes the Montevideo Convention’s requirements questionable, and strengthens the position of such states and their right of sovereignty.
The fast development of global communication and especially Internet leads to considerable changes in the present understanding of sovereignty. The today’s international lawyers specifically emphasize this tendency, doubting the Montevideo Convention’s set of criteria. In his paper “The Acquisition of Sovereignty by Quasi-States” professor Noel Cox points out: “Yet, this [Montevideo Convention’s] definition is increasingly meaningless. The notions of sovereignty and statehood are not easily defined or explained…. With the growth in both the (horizontal) extent and (vertical) reach of international agreements, treaties, conventions and codes, national independence is becoming less relevant. This tendency is becoming more noticeable in the modern commercial environment, and especially the internet”.
Absence of its own land: an advantage?
Are there any similar cases, precedents in international law?
Yes. Order of Malta is widely recognized as a sovereign entity, though it has no sovereign territory. Order of Malta has diplomatic relations with 101 states, and its claimed sovereignty is also expressed in the issuance of passports, license plates, stamps, and coins. 
The political existence of Wirtland is completely legal. Though political existence of Wirtland does not depend on recognition of other states, it welcomes all the efforts towards building peaceful relations with all the world’s states and international organizations. Wirtland encourages other states to treat the documents issued by Wirtland, including passports, as regular genuine documents.
 See http://www.cosmopolitikos.com/Documents/Montevideo%20(1933).pdf
 Noel Cox, Auckland University of Technology, “The Acquisition of Sovereignty by Quasi-States: The case of the Order of Malta”, first published (2002) 6(1&2) Mountbatten Journal of Legal Studies, 26-47
 See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_malta
Nov 2, 2008
>> More feedback (in Dutch): http://www.veldmuis.com/?p=148
Oct 30, 2008
Members can post photos, video, musical content, use online chat, form groups, make their own blogs.
Witizenship is not required for signing up in the network.
Oct 6, 2008
Oct 4, 2008
The only problem is your ID. But not any more. With an identity card from Wirtland you become a legal foreign visitor in any country, including your own. It is not a fake document, since there is no incorrect information in it. It bears your real name, and certifies that you are resident of Wirtland. There is nothing wrong about it. Wirtland may be not (yet) recognized by some countries, but this is not your problem. The name “Wirtland” may be just as unfamiliar to a local authority as any other small and faraway country’s name. Wirtland’s ID card will make people scratch the backs of their heads, but it won’t get you in trouble.
So, what are you waiting for? Register for a free residence permit at Wirtland’s website, email your photo and claim for your ID card. And a second ID is always helpful in many situations.
Oct 3, 2008
Aug 24, 2008
Wirtland is a cybercountry and not a member of World Post Union, so our stamps are so-called Cinderella stamps. Such stamps cannot be used as postage and are only for collectors. Wirtland stamps are hand-painted by professional artist in watercolor. As they are hand-made, the price is rather high. The price of 10 ICU stamp is same as 10 ICU gold coin. The series of postage stamps will be continued.
Now you can also order the special edition Wirtland Postage Mug. This collector's mug features the classic Crane stamp image, and was released to commemorate the second anniversary of Wirtland on August 14, 2010.
Aug 23, 2008
This flag is a draft. Suggestions, creative ideas, other artwork are more then welcome. -W!-
Wirtland ['v¡rtlənd] is the first virtual country (www.wirtland.com).
Wirtland claims to be the youngest country in the world and was founded on August 14, 2008. An extract from Wirtland's Statute follows:
"While the boundaries of sovereign states are becoming symbolic in Europe, in other world's regions sovereignty is being increasingly challenged, and separatism sometimes leads to bloodshed and terrorism. While these trends are contrasting, they both suggest for a serious rethinking of the notion of self-identification in a changing world. However, there are few options left for an individual, if he is not taking an active part in political life. We believe people should be offered a broader choice.
Wirtland is the newest alternative for people's self-identification. Most importantly, Wirtland is a democratic, friendly, and peaceful alternative.
How influential is Wirtland and when Wirtland will become a real country? It completely depends on the Wirtlanders and their will to contribute to development of this country(just like in any other democratic community). Our aim is to offer an appropriate structure, a working mechanism - hopefully an attractive one - to allow for free discussions and all kinds of activities of our citizens and other interested people.
Who can apply for becoming a Wirtlander? Everyone".