The existence of several successful microstates within Europe has given credence to the notion that small countries with limited governments work.
Microstates are well situated to protect the fundamental rights of citizens and provide a better regulatory environment for entrepreneurs.
The city, autonomous territory, and former British colony of Hong Kong is an example of a Microstate
In the wake of economic turmoil on the European continent, now is the opportune moment to explore the significant advantages microstates can bring for securing free and competitive societies, much like the Greek city states did in previous centuries.
The ancient city-state of Athens
For that purpose, European Students For Liberty organizes a Microstate Conference on the Greek Island of Crete in the city of Chania.
ESFL supports pro-liberty student groups by helping to provide resources, advising students on effective leadership strategies, and connecting students from across Europe with both like-minded peers and important leaders and organizations in the pro-liberty movement. ESFL’s activities help students generate the skills, momentum, and connections necessary to effectively advance the pro-liberty movement within Europe and abroad.
The conference will be at Mega Place, about 4 kilometers from downtown Chania on the Greek island of Crete, easily accessible by taxi or bus. The facility boasts a cinema, a state of the art conference facility, multiple bars, and a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea.
Tickets to the conference will cost 20 EUR, enough to cover for meals and socials during the weekend.
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Microstates in World Affairs: Legal and Political Aspects
Liberland as an opportunity for the Balkan region
Hayek versus Nation States: Final Showdown
The Institutional Entrepreneur in the Context of Self-Proclaiming States
Behind Switzerland’s Success as a Small State
We'll begin with an opening cocktail reception at the Hotel, allowing participants to meet one another and connect. Friedrich Naumann Foundation Greece will give a presentation on their research "Enclaves of Freedom and Development"
The conference will kick-off with a speech from our local team in Greece, followed by panel sessions on the prospects for microstates for guarding freedom, using somes examples from Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, and the ancient Greek city states. The day will culminiate in some sightseeing around Chania, Greece.
A late start will allow participants to soak in the Greek sun before they get their microstate fix for our final day of presentations and speeches.