A European country that may not be real is angling for good relations with Donald Trump

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"There are many ties and shared ideas between Liberland and President Trump," the self-proclaimed president of Liberland, Vit Jedlicka, told The Washington Post this weekend.

Jedlicka declared sovereignty over a 3-square-mile spit of land on the Danube River in April 2015, taking advantage of a decades-long dispute between Croatia and Serbia over their border.

Jedlicka, a Czech citizen with libertarian leanings and a Euroskeptic, found out about the territory while reading about "terra nullius" — "nobody's land" in Latin — on Wikipedia.

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A man shows the Liberland flag in the village of Backi Monostor, Serbia May 1, 2015. A Czech citizen, has proclaimed a new sovereign state lying on the border between Croatia and Serbia. According to the founders, the plot of land they chose remained unclaimed by Croatia, Serbia or any other country when the border was drawn, and the nearest settlements are Zmajevac in Croatia and Backi Monostor in the autonomous province of Vojvodina, Serbia. Its size of around seven square kilometers would make "Liberland" the third smallest sovereign state in Europe, after Vatican City and Monaco. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic
Czech Vit Jedlicka, President of the Free Republic of Liberland, is seen during a press conference on June 20, 2015, in Paris. Liberland is a self-proclaimed micronation claiming a parcel of land on the western bank of the Danube river between Croatia and Serbia, sharing a land border with the former. It was proclaimed on April 13, 2015 by Czech libertarian politician and activist Vít Jedlicka. AFP PHOTO/FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
A man applies for Liberland citizenship in the village of Backi Monostor, Serbia May 1, 2015. A Czech citizen, has proclaimed a new sovereign state lying on the border between Croatia and Serbia. According to the founders, the plot of land they chose remained unclaimed by Croatia, Serbia or any other country when the border was drawn, and the nearest settlements are Zmajevac in Croatia and Backi Monostor in the autonomous province of Vojvodina, Serbia. Its size of around seven square kilometers would make "Liberland" the third smallest sovereign state in Europe, after Vatican City and Monaco. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic
A man applies for Liberland citizenship in the village of Backi Monostor, Serbia May 1, 2015. A Czech citizen, has proclaimed a new sovereign state lying on the border between Croatia and Serbia. According to the founders, the plot of land they chose remained unclaimed by Croatia, Serbia or any other country when the border was drawn, and the nearest settlements are Zmajevac in Croatia and Backi Monostor in the autonomous province of Vojvodina, Serbia. Its size of around seven square kilometers would make "Liberland" the third smallest sovereign state in Europe, after Vatican City and Monaco. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic
Self-proclaimed president of the "Free Republic of Liberland" Vit Jedlicka (seated, C) gives out free citizenship in the village Backi Monostor, Serbia May 1, 2015. Jedlicka, a Czech citizen, has proclaimed a new sovereign state lying on the border between Croatia and Serbia. According to the founders, the plot of land they chose remained unclaimed by Croatia, Serbia or any other country when the border was drawn, and the nearest settlements are Zmajevac in Croatia and Backi Monostor in the autonomous province of Vojvodina, Serbia. Its size of around seven square kilometers would make "Liberland" the third smallest sovereign state in Europe, after Vatican City and Monaco. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic
A man drives a car with the Liberland flag in the village of Backi Monostor, Serbia May 1, 2015. A Czech citizen, has proclaimed a new sovereign state lying on the border between Croatia and Serbia. According to the founders, the plot of land they chose remained unclaimed by Croatia, Serbia or any other country when the border was drawn, and the nearest settlements are Zmajevac in Croatia and Backi Monostor in the autonomous province of Vojvodina, Serbia. Its size of around seven square kilometers would make "Liberland" the third smallest sovereign state in Europe, after Vatican City and Monaco.REUTERS/Antonio Bronic
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While Jedlicka is optimistic about relations between his country and the Trump administration, the nascent relationship faces a peculiar and significant hurdle: Neither the US nor any other country recognizes Liberland's existence.

Jedlicka has links with anti-establishment political movements elsewhere in Europe, and he recently appointed Thomas Walls, a US citizen, as Liberland's foreign minister.

Jedlicka told Business Insider in April 2015 that he was against most forms of government assistance and that taxes in his country would be voluntary.

"We don't really care that much, because the government will have very little expenditure," he said at the time. "We will have so much money that we will not know how to spend it."

Jedlicka also told The Post plans to attend Trump's inauguration in January were in the works, but he wouldn't say precisely who his connection to the US president-elect was.

"We can say we have a strong supporter of Liberland who is a close adviser to one of Trump's already announced cabinet picks and somewhat famous in his own right," Walls told The Post. "Another member of the Liberland team has just published one of Trump's books in Europe."

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