What is Lostisland and does it have any territory?
The Federal Republic of Lostisland, or simply Lostisland, is a global sovereignty and an independent social and cultural organization operating in the form of a nation-state.
As part of the Lostislandic cultural heritage, we maintain a symbolic territorial claim over Hunter Island — a remote islet located in the South Pacific, part of the Matthew and Hunter group of islands. It should be noted, however, that since Lostisland doesn’t claim to be an actual country, neither do we dispute anyone’s sovereignty over the group of islands.
So it’s not a sovereign state?
It depends on how you define “sovereign”. Lostisland is sovereign in the sense of not being subordinate to other entities, and we consider ourselves global sovereignty, somewhat similar to the Order of Malta. However, all the citizens of Lostisland remain loyal citizens of their countries of residence and may not use Lostislandic citizenship as a replacement for their main one.
Then what is your legal status?
As stated in the Disclaimer to the Lostislandic constitution, the Federal Republic of Lostisland is an “unofficial international membership organization”, meaning that it’s a voluntary gathering not legally incorporated under any jurisdiction. However, as a global sovereignty we believe that we have the authority to act as an independent subject, and Lostisland did sign in the past a number of treaties, such as the treaty with the World Humanity Commission, signed in January 2015. Lostisland is also registered in the Integrated Civil Society Organizations System of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (ECOSOC).
Who can become a citizen of Lostisland?
Any individual above 16 except citizens and permanent residents of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. To apply for citizenship please proceed to the Citizenship Application Form. Please be informed, however, that the Lostislandic citizenship doesn’t replace that of a UN member state and may not be used for obtaining travel documents.
Is person X a citizen of Lostisland?
For privacy reasons we’re unable to comment whether a particular individual does or doesn’t have Lostislandic citizenship. The list of Lostislandic officials is available on the Our Team page, but citizens who don’t have any official role are not obliged to disclose their membership in the organization.
Can I visit Lostisland or move there?
No. Lostisland is a free association rather than a place where to live, we don’t grant residence permits, accept refugees, etc. Please do not apply for Lostislandic citizenship if your motivation is to move to another country.
That said, in July 2012 Captain Martin Legof, the Minister of Transport of Lostisland, arranged a vessel expedition to Hunter Island for the purpose of planting a Lostislandic flag on its soil. However, at the moment there is no possibility of visiting Hunter Island, and the situation is complicated by an unsolved territorial dispute over the island, in which we do not take any sides.
Can I get a Lostislandic passport?
No. The Federal Republic of Lostisland doesn’t issue passports, please don’t apply for Lostislandic citizenship if your motivation is to obtain a travel document. As a confirmation of your status of a Lostislandic citizenship, once your application is accepted you’ll receive a PDF version of your Certificate of Citizenship, and afterwards you can purchase its paper version, signed and stamped by the Life President, or a plastic Identity Card.
Could this ever change? Sure. Whether to issue passports or not is still a subject of discussion between the Lostislandic leadership, so far however the consensus was to not do so out of principle, so to avoid potential misuse of passports for fraudulent purposes.
Can I start a business in Lostisland?
The answer is a big NO – contrary to what some unscrupulous journalists have written about us (insert a classic fake news joke here), Lostisland is not a tax haven. You can’t incorporate a company in Lostisland, nor open a bank account.
That said, the Federal Republic of Lostisland unites hundreds of accomplished individuals, and it’s quite possible that acquaintances you’ll establish during your time in Lostisland will help you in launching your own enterprise should you desire to do so. Nonetheless, since Lostisland, as mentioned earlier, is not a nation state, such enterprises would have to be incorporated in your country of residence, or in another UN member state.
The Coat of Arms of Lostisland contains an Eye of Providence, are you Freemasons?
A number of Lostislandic citizens are indeed Freemasons, and many of us maintain friendly relations with Masonic organizations. Nevertheless, the Federal Republic of Lostisland is not a masonic lodge per se. The Eye of Providence on the Lostislandic Coat of Arms is a non-denominational symbol of the Great Architect of the Universe, and reflects the belief of the founders of Lostisland in a Supreme Creator.
Does Lostisland have an ideology?
No. We believe in democracy and freedom of expression, but other than that, we don’t subscribe to any particular ideology. Lostisland is neither right-wing nor left wing, neither liberal nor conservative.
If you consider joining Lostisland, please bear in mind that as a diverse community with members from all over the world, it is highly likely that some of our citizens hold political, social or religious views which are not accepted or frowned upon in your home country.
Can I take a position of power in Lostisland?
Yes, provided that you’re a Lostislandic citizen above 18, have a high school diploma, don’t hold citizenship in other new nation projects (micronations) and have never relinquished Lostislandic citizenship in the past. For example, you could become an Ambassador of Lostisland in your country of residence.
If you’re interested in something more specific, please contact us.
How can you claim to be a democracy if your President serves for life?
It’s true that Lostisland has a Life President, or a President for Life. However, it’s not at all uncommon for clubs and private organizations that the person credited with establishing the society serves for a life term. Lostisland does elect the Prime Minister every four years, and most major issues are solved by a universal voting of all citizens.
Are you associated with Liberland?
No, no and no. It is the official view of Lostisland that the so-called “Free Republic of Liberland” is nothing but a fraudulent project created for the purpose of coning prospective refugees and citizens of impoverished countries out of money. The founder of Liberland, Mr. Vít Jedlička has been arrested several times by the Croatian police, issued warnings against by several governments and is reasonably believed to have impersonated a Red Cross official. This is not the kind of person we in Lostisland associate with.
Are you serious?
There’s no secret that much of what can be seen on our website is intended to be humorous or satirical. Unlike some of our colleagues, our goal is not to deceive visitors with ostentatious seriousness and claim to be something we’re not (such as an actual country). Nonetheless, Lostisland itself is neither a game nor a satire, and many of our citizens are known and respectable members of society.
Are you insane?
Why would it matter anyway?