Anarchy: 7 Places With No Laws

It’s easy to talk about laws in a negative way, but there’s no denying that sometimes they’re necessary. Well, in case you’re wondering what it would be like to live in an environment without laws,┬áthen allows us to introduce you to these seven places. Some sound appealing, and others, well…not so much. Check them out for yourself below!

Number Seven: Ungoverned Afghanistan. This area on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan contains federally administered tribal areas and does not operate under a specific government. However, it is officially under Pakistan’s general government, but Pakistan has taken little action to practice this. Because of this, it has become a hotbed of militant activity.

Number Six: Western Sahara. The Western Sahara is one of the most sparsely populated territories in the world. With just an average of two people per square kilometer, it’s no wonder there aren’t any laws here. Technically, the territory is non-self-governing.

Number Five: International Waters. International Waters is the term used to describe any water that extends farther than 22 kilometers beyond a specific territory. Though some international waters are regulated out of necessity, enforcing rules for what is essentially the last frontier on earth is difficult, to say the least.

Number Four: Somalia. Somalia has gone through a lot of trouble in recent decades. In 1991, its central government dissolved, and to this day a civil war continues to rage on. However, Somalia did establish a federal government in 2012, but it is not completely effective. There are myriad pirates in the waters of Somalia, and piracy continues to be a major issue.

Number Three: Balleny Islands. These islands technically belong┬áto New Zealand, but there is currently nobody living there, and there have been no attempts to colonize it. It’s unclear why New Zealand has done almost nothing with it (maybe because of the cold?), but we’re going to bet there’s nobody there trying to govern the penguins.

Number Two: Slab City. Located in Southern California is Slab City. Officially owned by the state of California, there are about 150 permanent residents in this hippie-centric city, and most residents live in RVs, campers or tents. They pride themselves on self-sufficiency and call Slab City the “last free place on earth.”

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Number One: Pitcairn Island. As of July 2014, the population on Pitcairn Island was just 48 people. The island is located in the southern Pacific Ocean, and it contains the smallest national jurisdiction in the world. It is technically claimed as a British Overseas Territory by the UK, but it is essentially self-governed.