deep in the field to the east of Germany there is an invisible border, The towers of an impressive palace peek through the tops of the trees, and a sign over its front door solemnly informs the visitor that they have indeed entered a new country.
“Königreich Deutschland” (Kingdom of Germany) is a self-declared independent statewith his own king. peter i, as he prefers to be known, receives us in a gloomy, paneled room. Nearly a decade has passed since his coronation—there was a ceremony, with the orb and scepter—and the establishment of his so-called kingdom, which It mints its own currency, prints its own identity card and has its own flag.
In Germany it is known by the same name “Citizen of the Reich” (Ciudadano del Reich)One of about 21,000 people who are defined by the country’s intelligence agencies conspiracy theorists who do not recognize the validity of Post-war German state.
They came to prominence this week after the arrest of 25 people suspected of planning an attack on the Reichstag, the German parliament, and violently overthrowing the government. King Pedro says that his intentions are not so violent. but yes Believes the German state is “disastrous and sick”,
I’m not interested in being a part of it. fascist and satanic system”, he assures. We settled into another room to talk, in plush armchairs under a twinkling chandelier. This is not a salon; We are surrounded by lights and cameras. This is King Pedro’s television studio, which hopes to start a television channel, There I came to know that one of his subjects would record every moment of our conversation.
as he says, He felt he had no choice but to found his kingdom, after trying unsuccessfully for mayor and a member of the German parliament. “Those who are corrupt, criminal or willing to be used thrive in the German system and those with an honest heart who want to change the world for the better have no chance.”
his real name is peter fitzekAnd his activities have brought him into constant conflict with German law. Germany does not recognize the empire or its documents: Fitzhek has been convicted several times for driving without a license and runs his own health insurance program.
Too went to jail for many years for embezzling money from his citizens, but was later convicted. The regional intelligence service, which has been tracking him and his state for almost two years, told us that they considered him a threat,
They compare it to a cult that introduces people to its principles Conspiracy and Extremist Ideology, Such theories and ideologies have fueled epidemics in Germany in recent years. why COVID-19 support seems to have increased and membership of the Empire. FitzGeek tells us that he has about 5,000 citizens. He is expanding the empire and buying land in Germany to establish a series of communities in which these people can live.
We visited one such outpost about 240 km from the Raja’s palace. Centuries-old trees surround the site of another former palace in the village of Barwalde, an hour and a half’s drive south of Berlin.
About 30 people live on site, either in the main building or in caravans spread across the lawn along the main driveway. Despite the palace’s beauty, it is a dark place.
The buildings are being renovated and the grounds are in the process of being cleaned up. Tree trunks still grow through the skeleton of the old greenhouse. But the people here are proud of their home, which they also consider as state territory. citizens do not pay German taxes and do not send their children to school, which is illegal Germany,
They are subject to their own legal framework – it is presided over, I am told, by King Pedro – and ultimately they intend to have their own health system,
“The state can provide you with everything you need in daily life. Food and nutrition, social security, these are all systems,” says Benjamin, who recently moved in with his young family and is responsible for public relations . despite all he plans to make sustainable green communityUsing modern technologies, citizens seem to have less faith in modern medicine.
benjamin told me here no one has been vaccinated against covid-19, This is a common position of “citizens of the Reich”, many of whom took part in protests against the measures. the inspection Epidemic,
“People who think for themselves today will often be denounced as conspiracy theorists,” says Benjamin. “But it is a fact that these are often the people who lie awake at night thinking about problems, not only of their own but also of society and politics.”
As we left the commune and passed through town, a neighbor was standing on his front lawn. When I asked him what he thought of his neighbors, he raised an eyebrow. they must pay taxes, Told. After all, they still have access to Germany’s resources.
But what bothered him the most was his own children. “What kind of effect will this batch have on them?” For many years “Citizens of the Reich” were a national joke, but now Germany is learning to take them seriously.