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Free Communities Directory

The Free Communities Directory seeks to provide up-to-date information about projects around the world that employ innovative and alternative governance models in the pursuit of greater freedom and prosperity for their residents.

These projects contribute to the diversification of the “market of living together”, the largest and most important market in the world, in which entrepreneurship and innovation is much needed and in short supply.

The Directory is created and maintained by the Free Cities Foundation. However, inclusion in the Directory does not constitute an endorsement of any specific project by the Foundation.

If any information included in the Directory is outdated or inaccurate, we will be grateful if you let us know using the form below.

Criteria for Inclusion

Entries included in the Free Communities Directory are divided into several main types listed below. Projects of each type have to meet several criteria for inclusion in the Directory.

Intentional Communities

  • Must have at least 5 permanent residents for at least one year
  • Must have a stated goal, purpose, or idea that binds the community together and gives it its identity

In addition, while there are thousands of intentional communities worldwide exemplifying a wide array of values, the Free Communities Directory focuses on a subset of these – the projects that explicitly highlight the value of liberty in their design and conduct.

Read more about intentional communities here

Prosperity Zones

  • Must have a legal basis that is deemed constitutional in the Host State
  • Must have at least some de jure and de facto concessions from the local or national government (some laws must not fully apply within the Zone)
  • Must have at least 5 permanent residents

Read more about Prosperity Zones here

Free Private Cities

  • Must have a legal basis that is deemed constitutional in the Host State
  • Must have a private City Operator who is responsible for basic municipal services and acts as a “government service provider” with respect to the protection of the residents’ life, liberty, and property
  • Must have at least 5 permanent residents

Read more about Free Private Cities here

To learn more about each of these types of communities, visit free-cities.org

In addition, the Directory features the Projects in Preparation category, where communities have yet to meet the necessary criteria above but remain on our watchlist pending further development.

If you know about a missing project that you think meets our criteria and should be included in the Directory or that we should keep on our watchlist, please reach out to us via e-mail.

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