Uzupis is a sovereign republic located in the Lithuanian capital of Vilinus. Depicted much like a utopia, they have their own flag, army, currency, cabinet of ministers, constitution, and anthem. Created by artists as a joke on April Fool’s day, it has become home to free-thinkers seeking an alternative society. While it isn’t recognized by foreign governments as a micronation, it’s an inspiring symbol of revitalization and liberation in the community after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Show Notes

In this episode I speak with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomas Chepaitis about the history of Uzupis, reactions they received from the Lithuanian government, their decision-making process, gentrification, how they support artists, and the unique University model they’ve created.

Resources

Uzupis Embassy

Uzupis University

Uzupis Republic Website

Uzupis Instagram

Uzupis Facebook