A few years ago the district of Uzupis, in the city of Vilnius, declared itself to be an independent republic. A President and bishop were appointed, four flags were designed [one for each season], and a suitable constitution was duly drawn up. The 41 rights which form the constitution are engraved on mirrors, attached to a wall on Paupio Street. In addition, it has a palace, an army [of 12] to defend it and a National Day [1st April], which may give some idea of just how important this bohemian little area has become. On national day you are required to show your passport to gain entry to Uzupis district
Here is a translation of the terms of the constitution –
- Everyone has the right to live by the River Vilnelė, while the River Vilnelė has the right to flow by everyone.
- Everyone has the right to hot…
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