I Want to Break Free: A Practical Guide to Making a New Country

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Are you fed up with the divided and unequal society or suffocating laws and regulations of the country you call home? Ever dreamed of starting your own country or just want to understand how that happens? In this refreshing new book, Matt Qvortrup provides a step-by-step guide to forming an independent country, from organising a referendum and winning it, to receiving official international recognition, establishing a currency, and even entering the Eurovision song contest.

The book delves into the legal, economic, and political problems of creating new states, and uses historical examples and anecdotes from all over the world to illustrate the obstacles to these campaigns. Qvortrup recounts his globetrotting experiences as an expert consultant on referendums to give a no-nonsense explanation of the many hurdles and barriers, as well as the opportunities for those who want to break free.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages106
ISBN (Print)9781526166050
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022


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