ALL hail President Harry!
Sheffield schoolboy Harry Fitzpatrick has launched a revolution – by declaring independence from the rest of Britain and setting up his very own country.
Instead of being part of the UK, his parents’ detached house on Kenwell Drive in Bradway is now the Republic of Libertas – a tiny nation with its own flag, holidays, parliament, online broadcasting service and postal system.
Harry, aged 12, is the country’s self-styled head of state – His Excellency President Fitzpatrick of Libertas.
The country has just six citizens – his mum Jill, 39, dad Martin, 43, younger brothers Max and Frankie, and grandmother Sandra Pass, 67, who runs a small ‘enclave’ from her apartment in Hillsborough.
Notable landmarks in Libertas include Secession Square – the Fitzpatricks’ garden – along with a cafe, which looks remarkably similar to the family’s kitchen.
The nation’s official conference hall is better known as the dining room.
Harry said his friends think he is ‘a bit bonkers’ while his parents also view his presidential ambitions as being slightly eccentric.
But he added: “It’s a very fun thing to do. I’d certainly like more people to get involved in running their own countries.”
Of course, Libertas isn’t officially a country.
The ‘micronation’ is part of a movement which has gained popularity on the internet. Harry said he was inspired by reading about Sealand, an unrecognised country set up by Army Major Paddy Roy Bates on a WWII fort off the coast of Suffolk in 1967. Harry said declaring independence had been quite enjoyable. “I started up a YouTube channel and sent a message to the UK government,” he said. “I didn’t hear anything so we just assumed all was well. I don’t think they mind .”
Harry said most of the ‘day-to-day admin’ is carried out at the ‘presidential palace’ – his bedroom – but he does find time to attend classes as a Year 7 pupil at Meadowhead School.
Life in the Republic of Libertas consists mainly of ‘watching movies with each other, dining out at restaurants, and having a bit of a laugh’, says Harry.
The national dish is the fajita, while the laws of the land decree tobacco, swearing, alcoholic disorder and illegal drugs are all banned.