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The Liberi are the spiritual descendants of the colony of Libertatia (also known as Libertalia) founded in the late 17th Century by Captian James Misson and his associate, Lieutenant Caraccioli. Our original ‘homeland’ was situated in a region of what is now Madagascar, an island in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa; legend says it was a perfect bay in an area with fertile soil, fresh water and friendly people. Here “no Hedge bounded any particular Man’s Property.” and prizes and money taken at sea were “carry’d into the common Treasury, Money being of no Use where every Thing was in common.” ( ‘Pirate Utopias’, Do Or Die issue 8, 1999).

But that land is lost to us now and the Liberi (the name for a resident of Libertatia) are scattered throughout the globe. Far from lamenting the loss of our land we choose to inhabit the hidden and forgotten places of the world (more numerous than you may think) as autopotentates, sovereigns of our own destiny who claim”extraterritorial status” for the ground beneath our feet. We are a people of every race, every nation, every creed and every ideology – in truth there are no nations, only geography; no race, only humanity; no creed, but life; no ism, but organism – we are united by the ideals that were first enshrined in the articles drafted by Misson and Caraccioli.

We are Dreampunks, dedicated to forging our own realities amid the mono-cultural wastes of  consumer capitalism. We dare to write our own mythologies, build our own communities and set our clocks and calendars to any time we choose. We are culture-pirates for whom regular laws do not apply.

For a deeper understanding of our philosophy we recommend the reading of William Burroughs’ “Cities of the Red Night”, Peter Lambourne Wilson’s “Pirate Utopias“, Peter Linebaugh’s “The Many Headed Hydra” and “The Magna Carta Manifesto” and each and every issue of Steampunk Magazine.

Our flag has a white background which shows, as Misson taught, that we will fight fear, rather than instill fear in the hearts of others. The winged hourglass represent the transient nature of existence – reminding us that we must live free in the present moment and not dream of some far-flung  future utopia. The blood and heart-shaped glass represents Life and Eros – the sum total of the human condition and all the ideology, politics & religion we need.

 

 

no Hedge bounded any particular Man’s Property.” and prizes and money taken at sea were “carry’d into the common Treasury, Money being of no Use where every Thing was in common.”(Anonymous: ‘Pirate Utopias’, Do Or Die issue 8, 1999)

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