The biggest piece of unclaimed land is actually in Antarctica
Unclaimed land, surprisingly, still exists in the world despite hundreds of years of colonisation.
Whilst not many left, there is still one that doesn’t belong to anyone.
It comes in at a whopping 620,000 square miles, so many may question why no one country wants it for themselves.
It is where the country is based that makes it so undesirable.
The Antarctica contains a place called Marie Byrd Land, which is made up of icy terrain and glaciers
The Antarctica contains a place called Marie Byrd Land, which is made up of icy terrain and glaciers.
It is for that reason that no one has claimed it – due to it being so remote and without resources.
The temperature also rarely goes above freezing so it is easy to see why it might not be the most beneficial of places to claim.
Unclaimed land, or “terra nullius” when officially spoken of, is when no country wishes to claim it or take legal control over it.
The Marie Byrd Land is 620,000 square miles of unclaimed land
However, one piece of land that is smaller yet more controversial when unclaimed is called Bir Tawil.
Located between Egypt and Sudan, the spot also has no resources of any value, therefore lies desolate and empty with neither nation deciding to take it for their own.
Some people have travelled through it, with one man from Virginia even claiming to own it after planting a flag.
Jeremiah Heaton, the man who claims to have taken control of the small region, decided to do so for other reasons entirely.
Other unclaimed land in the world is Bir Tawil between Egypt and Sudan
The Virginian citizen decided to make his daughter a princess, so flew to the territory to claim it for her.
He explained: “It’s an arid desert in Northeastern Africa. Bedouins roam the area; the population is actually zero.”
He now plans to build on it to create an agricultural hub.
However, despite claiming to own it, the process isn’t that simple due to the claim not being recognised by the United Nations or any other group.