A former legal turned Instagram influencer has his inspired followers to pledge $10k every to allow them to be a part of him on a self-governing undertaking someplace in distant Australia.
Nathan “King AK” Richards attracted a cult following on-line in 2018, sharing his seemingly glamorous life together with his followers, whereas additionally selling weapons, crime, ladies and luxurious vehicles.
He has now revealed his plan to buy a distant property to reside away from conventional society to reside by “the laws of the land, as God intended”.
“I could sell one acre plots starting at $10,000,” the 30-year-old posted to his 53,000 Instagram followers this week.
“I’ve got another 4,000 acre property I’m looking at this week in Kilkivan (in the Gympie Region of Queensland).”
Richards, who is roofed head to toe in tattoos, says he was “born to be a conqueror” and “could never see eye-to-eye with the average man”.
“Greatness is all I’ve ever been after and before I die it’s all I’ll accept,” he stated in a current string of Instagram tales.
Richards put ahead a plan to launch a “Not For Profit” with a board of administrators who “all put in $100,000 to buy 1,000 acres of geographically strategic land”.
As per his proposal, the property could be held within the firm’s title to “establish a sovereign territory”.
“We grow fields of our own organic fruits, vegetables, nuts legumes grain and roots,” he stated, detailing a plan to additionally cattle.
Richards stated no vehicles or combustion engines could be allowed, with residents utilizing electrical automobiles or horses to get round.
“Nobody pays rent or bills, everyone has assigned roles to work on the territory,” he continued. “Away from the bulls*** media, poisoned food, water, pharmaceuticals and problems of our society.”
Richards first made headlines in 2015 for a one-punch assault on an unsuspecting procuring centre safety guard.
The incident noticed him sentenced to 18 months in jail with speedy parole, with the choose permitting him to remain on the road as a result of he didn’t proceed the assault after throwing the punch.
CCTV footage confirmed Richards punch the safety guard, who was knocked into a girl strolling beside him, pushing her into a rest room door.
The guard remained unconscious for about 5 minutes, with Richards turning and strolling away instantly after the assault.
When strolling free from courtroom, Richards confirmed little regret for his crime, giving an announcement to ready media. “Poke the lion, get bit,” he stated on the time.
Apparently, Richards posted one other Instagram story on January 25 wading into the Australia Day debate, insisting that he “couldn’t wait to celebrate”.
“Can’t wait to celebrate loud and proud tomorrow,” he wrote.
“So grateful to live in this amazing country that has provided so much for me and my family.
“If I see any of these leftist sooks disrespecting our flag by flying it upside down youl (sic) be picking your teeth up out of the dirt.
“God bless Australia! God bless all Australians!”
It stays to be seen whether or not Richards’ plan to go off the grid together with his followers will acquire traction and appeal to sufficient individuals to type a useful group. However the concept of a breakaway society, or “sovereign citizens”, has been slowly constructing traction throughout Australia in current months.
Whereas the sovereign citizen motion has existed for a few years, it had a resurgence in Australia in the course of the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, which had been among the many hardest on earth.
Initially, anti-lockdown and sovereign citizen teams merged collectively by Fb teams fashioned to organise Covid protests, the place a spread of conspiracy theories had been shared extensively.
However in late 2020, Fb started cracking down on Covid disinformation, and plenty of people and teams had been barred from the platform, as a substitute fleeing to options like Telegram.
At this time, there are numerous sovereign citizen accounts and teams on Telegram, offering a daunting perception into members’ beliefs and frame of mind.
Whereas at first the motion seems odd but innocent, Professor Greg Barton advised information.com.au that conspiracy theories tended to snowball, and on the excessive finish, adherents can come to think about taking and shedding life as “some sort of crowning achievement” as a substitute of a failure.
Prof Barton stated Australia and the broader world was now previous the “tipping point”, with greater than half of counter-terrorism measures now targeted on battling far-right conspiracy ideologies.