Semi Autonomous Places

A list of places where anarchy is especially prevalent. List compiled by user /u/anarchist_critic.

  1. CHIAPAS (Zapatista-contolled zones).

  2. SOMALIA.

  3. MADAGASCAR.

  4. EL ALTO, BOLIVIA.

  5. NAGALAND, MANIPUR, TRIPURA, etc.

  6. WEST PAPUA.

  7. BHUTAN.

  8. LADAKH.

  9. THE AMAZON.

  10. AMERICAN WILDERNESS.

  11. TRI-BORDER AREA (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay).

  12. MONGOLIA.

  13. INTENTIONAL COMMUNITIES

  14. BARCELONA, Catalonia.

  15. GREECE.

  16. SIBERIA.

  17. LE ZAD, France.

  18. ICELAND.

  19. ZOMIA.

  20. MICRONATIONS.

  21. ROJAVA

  22. FREETOWN CHRISTIANIA

  23. CARACOL DE OUTEIRO

CHIAPAS (Zapatista-contolled zones).

Pros: nearly 25-year autonomous zone, foreign capital excluded, many areas outside control of Mexican state, self-sufficient.

Cons: very specific kind of Maoist-inflected indigenous anarchism, too many lifestyle regulations, don't seem to accept visitors or migrants to the rural areas.

SOMALIA.

Pros: large areas are virtually stateless, subsistence economy, non-state traditional (xeer) law.

Cons: civil war, US drone strikes, Islamists and other gangs active, very poor, shit gender politics. Possibly more ancap than anarchist.

MADAGASCAR.

Pros: according to David Graeber, rural areas are de facto autonomous zones, outside state control.

Cons: poor, and not overtly anarchist.

EL ALTO, BOLIVIA.

Pros: 700,000 strong self-governing city, squatted but tolerated, run by ayllus (participatory neighbourhood councils), informal and subsistence economy.

Cons: poor, social conservatism can be a problem, lynchings of criminals are also a problem.

NAGALAND, MANIPUR, TRIPURA, etc.

Pros: strongly autonomous society, strong social movements, constant protests and shutdowns, weak state presence, subsistence/informal/handicrafts economy.

Cons: Indian state is an occupying power - weak but brutal; these areas are hard to visit or settle in due to Indian laws; constant intergroup conflict. Conservative and low in GSRM and women's rights.

WEST PAPUA.

Pros: anarchic hunter-gatherer and horticulturalist ways of life still prevalent; tribal culture fiercely defended; hostility to the state; social movements and armed opposition.

Cons: brutal Indonesian occupying army, many of the local cultures are patriarchal and violent, it's difficult to visit let alone move there due to Indonesian laws.

BHUTAN.

Pros: traditional society with little influence of capitalism, excludes major chains such as McDonald's, uses "gross domestic happiness" instead of GDP, high standard of living, beautiful terrain, great for off-grid.

Cons: unelected monarchy, lots of restrictions on foreigners (including Nepalese minority), assimilationist ideology, police checkpoints etc.

LADAKH.

Pros: subsistence economy, nonviolent Buddhist culture, gender equality, de facto village-level self-government, ideal for backpacking etc.

Cons: part of Kashmir and hence under Indian emergency rule.

THE AMAZON.

Pros: largely unregulated, local peoples are anarchic hunter-gatherers, wilderness area.

Cons: requires high-end survival skills, locals unlikely to take well to visitors, the area is severely at risk from deforestation and climate change. Foot-long spiders, spiny fish which swim up your pee, aggressive giant guinea-pigs and other delightful flora and fauna.

AMERICAN WILDERNESS.

America is relatively sparsely populated and there are vast areas of wilderness where hardly anyone sets foot - forests, desert, mountains. Thousands live in off-grid communities in the US, some fugitives have vanished for a decade or more, and there were maroon and triracial isolate communities throughout US history.

Pros: higher chances of finding somewhere with no existing human presence than most of the world, some untouched wilderness areas still left.

Cons: only an option with a lot of survival skills, US wilderness constantly destroyed by capital, also American police etc.

TRI-BORDER AREA (Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay).

Pros: largely lawless, ability to evade laws through multiple jurisdictions.

Cons: more capitalist than anarchist, lots of gang activity.

MONGOLIA.

Pros: large subsistence sector, sparsely populated, low regulation, may not have extradition treaties.

Cons: post-communist state, creeping neoliberalism.

INTENTIONAL COMMUNITIES

See at /w/Intentional_Communities

BARCELONA, Catalonia.

Pros: large vibrant anarchist scene, regular riots, lots of squats. Catalan nationalism means relationship between population and state is strained. Spain is a good place for off-grid and suchlike, both legally and environmentally.

Cons: brutal police and Spanish state with extremely repressive laws.

GREECE.

Pros: large vibrant anarchist scene (though downturn lately), regular riots, squats, armed groups; left-leaning government; limited state penetration of everyday life compared to other rich countries; universities are off-limits to police (this was restored recently).

Cons: brutal police, context becoming more repressive, austerity policies, fascism is on the rise.

SIBERIA.

Pros: the government is giving away free farmland; very sparsely populated; becoming more fertile due to global warming; very easy to disappear and live off-grid.

Cons: Putin; post-Soviet pollution; it's very cold.

LE ZAD, France.

Pros: explicitly anarchist, occupied, part self-sufficient, just scored a major victory over the government.

Cons: at risk of eviction; France has become much more repressive since the state of emergency.

ICELAND.

Pros: Green, pirate and independent activists do well in elections, are currently in government; small country, sparsely populated; Scandinavian-style welfare state; lots of wilderness; doesn't have most of the repressive crap which is common in Europe.

Cons: conservatives periodically in power; no jobs; development projects eating into the environment; whaling.

ZOMIA.

James Scott's name for a large area of upland Southeast Asia in Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, and southwest China.

Pros: still largely lawless, anarchic culture, informal and subsistence economies, porous borders; great for backpacker trails.

Cons: mostly ruled by repressive states which have increased their power recently; lots of gang activity.

MICRONATIONS.

People, often ancaps, periodically try to set up new nations, such as Sealand, which was an occupied oil rig. There's talk of a new floating nation being launched on old oil tankers, and another being created in space.

Pros: possibly outside government jurisdiction.

Cons: often remote and isolated; usually suppressed by states; usually organised on state-like model (but with extensive civil rights).

ROJAVA

Pros: Large number of anarchists. Very decentralized for a state. Most regions autonomous. State is a Libertarian Socialist one.

Cons: Literally always being bombed. Fighting actual ISIS and other fascists. Locals are either negative to neutral on Queer issues, and likely conservative in other ways.

FREETOWN CHRISTIANIA

Anarchist intentional commune in Copenhagen.

Pros: Embracing proQueer community. Direct democracy guides the community. The danish law is not enforced there. Soft Drugs like hash are legal de facto. Cars not allowed inside.

Cons: Is targeted by fash hooligans and other troublemakers. The police usually tries to raid the place searching for drugs.

CARACOL DE OUTEIRO

Small amazonian community based upon the principles of the Caracol Zapatista.

Pros: It is located in the rainforest. Tries to incorporate ecosocialism with the traditional native practices

Cons: It is not so isolated from civilization and is not self sufficient. It is very small in scale.