November 14, 2017

Indian Man Declares Himself The King Of A Strip Of Land Near Egypt That No Country Owns

by Neha Monga

Who doesn’t dream of being a king or a queen and having their own kingdom. But then majority of us accept the fact that this dream is most likely to remain unfulfilled.

But that’s not the case with Suyash Dixit.

An Indian man, Dixit, travelled hundreds of miles to Bir Tawil, a 800 square mile piece of uninhabited land between Egypt and Sudan that neither country has claimed. And well, has declared himself the king of the unclaimed strip.

Bir Tawil is on the South of Egypt’s border and the North of Sudan’s border.

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.

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Dixit has aptly named his kingdom as ‘Kingdom of Dixit’ and has posted all the details of him claiming the unclaimed land on Facebook.

Became ruler of a country | Claimed an unclaimed land | Kingdom of Dixit

I, Suyash Dixit, first of my name and the protector of the realm, declare myself as the king of “Kingdom of Dixit”. I call myself, King Suyash First from today. 

His journey has not been very easy.

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 4am. 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.

And not to mention the risks he took to claim this country.

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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.

And this doesn’t end there, he also went old school to claim the land, “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.”

He went all prepared to claim the unclaimed land. He took with him a flag made for his new kingdom and also hoisted it there. He already has a website for his ‘country’ and is inviting applications for different posts and for citizenship.

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We don’t really know how to react to this, but all of Dixit’s efforts did not go in vain. If not the kingdom, Dixit is at least trending on internet, we know that’s nothing compared to the country he wanted to own but he will have to make peace with this for now.

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