How would you feel if someone gives you the opportunity to be the king or the queen of a particular area? Even if it’s a strip of land, it would still feel pretty cool, right? Hell, it’s a childhood dream of most of us.
However, majority of us have accepted the fact that this dream is most likely to remain unfulfilled.
But as it turns out, one of us didn’t give up on this rather far-fetched dream and achieved something that most of us could never even think of. An Indian man, Suyash Dixit just became the king of a strip of land that falls between Egypt and Sudan. Well, he declared himself as the king but rightfully so.
Perplexed? Here is a clearer picture of how exactly he managed to pull this feat.
So, the strip of land that Suyash has declared himself to be the king of is in reality an unclaimed area i.e. it belongs to no country. The area is called Bir Tawil and is on the South of Egypt’s border and the North of Sudan’s border.
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Now, the problem arises because Egypt follows the 1899 border set by the British administration at the time of its colonization however, Sudan follows the 1902 border as its official border. Henceforth, both the countries think that this strip of land belongs to the other country and so, it is an unclaimed piece of land.
If this is the perfect portrayal of your current face expression and mood, then we suggest you have a look at this video to understand it better:
Coming back to our very own Suyash, he had this all planned to the T. And much to our delight, he explained it all in a Facebook post.
He explains his journey, “I traveled 319KM (to and fro) in far desert with no roads to claim this unclaimed land of Bir Tawil. It was an epic journey starting from Abu Simbel at 4 am. I took help from a local driver Mustafa for the car and most part of driving. When I told him about the plan first he thought I am crazy but then he agreed (yeah I paid him a lot). I and Suyog spent 2 nights planning a highly optimised route for my travel where we can take the car.”
If you are thinking how easy it is to drive up to that area and claim it as your own, we are going to stop you right there. He explained the dangers involved too,
“Just to tell how dangerous this plan was, the route that I took is under Egyptian military (it is an international border) and is an area of terrorists so military have a “shoot at sight” orders. But, if your bucket list ideas are not scary enough then they are not worth trying! And yes you need permissions to even enter the route that takes to this place. We got on 3 conditions, no photos of military areas (which is almost everything), you be back in the single day and you do not carry valuables. We drove for 6 hours straight in the middle of the desert and barren lands and crossing 1 military base to the location.”
That’s some dedication right there.
Now if you are wondering how he claimed the land to be his own, he actually went old school, “Following the early civilization ethics and rule, if you want to claim a land then you need to grow crops on it. I have added a seed and poured some water on it today. It is mine.”
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He even went ahead got a flag made and hoisted it.
© Suyash Dixit
And, wait for it, he even got a website for his ‘country’ which he calls ‘Kingdom of Dixit’ and is inviting applications for different posts and for citizenship. You can apply for a number of posts such as Foreign Secretary, Home Secretary, Chief Minister et al. But not for Prime Minister and the Head of Military because Suyash himself holds both these posts (DUH!).
Here is the full Facebook post:
Honestly, we are still a little shocked and maybe a little jealous too. Why don’t we ever get such ideas?
PS: If you are interested in applying for a post or want to become a citizen (we don’t know how legit this is), you can visit here- https://kingdomofdixit.gov.best/