I have heard talk of freedom projects before, where like-minded people move to one place, and live together free of government tyranny, with strength in numbers. The Citadel project, seems to be a well organized attempt to live a free life, modeled on Jeffersonian ideals; and it seems like it will actually happen. The website claims that land will be purchased in Idaho in 2013, and shortly thereafter, ground will be broken. Here is the basic description taken from the home page about what the project will entail.
DESCRIPTION: The Citadel Community will house between 3,500 and 7,000 patriotic American families who agree that being prepared for the emergencies of life and being proficient with the American icon of Liberty — the Rifle — are prudent measures. There will be no HOA. There will be no recycling police and no local ordinance enforcers from City Hall.
An application must be filled out by each family wishing to live within the Citadel. Applicants must be patriotic, have pride in American exceptionalism, agree wholeheartedly with the founding fathers and our history of liberty, and have the “Physical preparedness to survive and prevail in the face of natural catastrophes — such as Hurricanes Sandy or Katrina — or man-made catastrophes such as a power grid failure or economic collapse”. The website states that children will be educated, not indoctrinated, and that the town subscribes to the “live and let live” idea of Rightful Liberty or “unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others”.
Homes will be available for lifetime leases which will be payed off in thirty years. All homes will be made of poured concrete, but the choice of an outer facade, and all internal finishing will be left to the lessee. According to their housing cost calculator, a 2,000 sq. ft. house on half an acre inside the walls, with Citadel completing the housing exterior, would cost about $1,205 per month (paid for 30 years on a lifetime lease). There is also the option to live outside the city walls, and an option to reserve a “micro-suite” inside the walls for when–their terminology–SHTF. A 2,000 sq. ft. house on 20 acres outside the city walls, but with a micro-suite inside, would cost about $1,585 per month. The creators of this project like to leave many decisions up to the inhabitants.
But certain things will be required if you wish to live in the community–which is part of why the land is leased instead of sold. The Citadel Patriot Agreement,
…represents a voluntary set of conditions to which every single Patriot who accepts a residence in the Citadel must agree, in writing. This is a voluntary Agreement. The Citadel is a martial endeavor designed to protect Residents in times of peril (natural or man-made). The Citadel will be built as a fortified bastion of Liberty. The Citadel is not the best housing solution for everyone. Read carefully.
The purpose of this agreement is two-fold. Firstly, it informs all Residents of their obligations to their fellow Patriots. Secondly, this Agreement will assist individuals/families in making an informed decision to opt-out of residency in the Citadel Community in the event our lifestyle is incompatible with you and/or your family.
The Patriot Agreement includes the intent to follow all Constitutional laws of the United States. The head of each household is responsible for maintaining a functioning AR-15 for every able bodied adult, with at least 5 magazines and 1,000 rounds of ammunition, and a tactical go bag “to satisfy the Minuteman concept”–housing includes an AR-15 and 1,000 rounds of ammunition. Every year, each resident 13 and older must demonstrate their proficiency with handguns and rifles. Housing also includes a year supply of emergency food, but the responsibility to maintain this supply rests on the residents. Everyone 13+ must pass a field/ wilderness basic emergency medical care class every 3 years.
There is also a requirement that everyone of age and legally allowed to, carry a firearm when going to the town center. When it comes to schooling:
Every child attending Citadel schools — with parental discretion for maturity — shall have as part of every semester’s class curriculum basic marksmanship and firearms safety training leading to the proficiency test on the child’s 13th birthday as a “Coming of Age” rite of passage (a parent may attend the classes or personally train the child if so desired). Children attending schools beyond the Citadel, or home-schooled, are required to meet the same proficiency standards at age 13.
Each household must also provide one able bodied patriot per month to muster on a Saturday for Militia training. Every full time able-bodied resident must participate in at least 3 musters per year, one full scale, one neighborhood level. Two times a year a full scale Town Defense Drill will be held, one in winter, one in summer. Violations of the agreement are subject to a maximum penalty of expulsion from the community and loss of lease, based on a panel of residents’ decision. “All Citadel Citizens agree to accept dispute resolution by an arbitration panel in the event a problem that cannot be resolved between residents.”
I’m getting excited! One of the best parts of this project is that much of the funding will come from a firearms manufacturing company which already exists called III Arms, which will also “help employ the first wave of III pioneers”. Many prospective residents have already indicated their desire to open businesses upon relocating. An arms manufacturing facility will be included in the Citadel, along with many other amenities like a medical clinic, firehouse, media center, sport fields, schools, churches, and parks. Power, water, an air strip, and even a retirement facility will even be included within the city walls. The town bank hopes to eventually issue citadel coins in silver and gold, and the Citadel will set up a boarding school “to educate the next generation of patriotic American children”, and a museum dedicated to our founding fathers and their ideals.
This all seems too good to be true! Check out the website, check out the frequently asked questions, and consider whether this is a right fit for surviving a natural disaster, an economic collapse, or any other man made disaster that seems just around the corner.