Bir Tawil

Bir Tawil

The history of the Bir Tawil goes back to the British occupation of Egypt in 1882.

On 19 January 1899, an agreement between the United Kingdom and Egypt relating to the administration of Sudan defined “Soudan” as the “territories south of the 22nd parallel of latitude”. It contained a provision that would give Egypt control of the Red Sea port of Suakin, but an amendment on 10 July 1899 gave Suakin to Sudan instead.

On 4 November 1902, the UK drew a separate “administrative boundary”, intended to reflect the actual use of the land by the tribes in the region. Similarly, the Hala’ib Triangle to the northeast was placed under the British governor of Sudan, because its inhabitants were culturally closer to Khartoum.

Egypt claims the original border from 1899, the 22nd parallel, which would place the Hala’ib Triangle within Egypt and the Bir Tawil area within Sudan. Sudan, however, claims the administrative border of 1902, which would put Hala’ib within Sudan, and Bir Tawil within Egypt.

There is no basis in international law for either Sudan or Egypt to claim both territories, and neither nation is willing to cede Hala’ib. With no recognized third state claiming the neglected area, Bir Tawil is one of the few land areas of the world not claimed by any recognised state.

June 16, 2014, Jeremiah Heaton travelled to Bir Tawil to plant a flag, claiming it as the Kingdom of North Sudan. He told reporters that he did this so that his daughter could become a princess. After much criticism of racism and colonialism, he seems to have abandoned his efforts to develop the area.

In 2018, another man by the name of Suyash Dixit travelled to Bir Tawil, planted his own flag, and declared the Kingdom of Dixit. After some initial publicity, this claim also seems to have been abandoned.

Neither of these men were the first to claim Bir Tawil. Bir Tawil has been claimed by several micronations The Grand Dukedom of Bir Tawil was founded Jan 25, 2010 and went as far as to print a limited edition coin. In the same year, King Henri I declared the Kingdom of Bir Tawil.

Another micronation, the Kingdom of the State of Bir Tawil was founded in February 2012 by King Adam I of the House of Cook and King Kieran I of the House of Binn. After a brief civil war, the micronation was divided into East Bir Tawil and West Bir Tawil. None of these claims are recognized by any nation and, for the most part, all of these claims seem have been abandoned.

These claims (and any others) are now null and void.

On Passover April 22, 2024, King Moeller, a descendent of the Scotland, Irish, and English Kings, also a descendant of King David of Israel, declared the reestablishment of the Kingdom of Israel, claiming all lands from the Nile in Egypt to the Euphrates River and Bir Tawil as the Royal Capital of the restored Kingdom.

We have no interest in colonizing or subjugating the people who live in Bir Tawil. Like the people of Palestine, the Bedouin Nomads whose ancestors have traditionally grazed in the land are mostly ‘stateless’ in the modern world.