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Permanent autonomous zone

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Permanent autonomous zone

A permanent autonomous zone (PAZ) is a community that is autonomous from the generally recognized government or authority structure in which it is embedded. PAZs are not controlled by any government (as recognized by other governments) or by any religious authority.


The phrase permanent autonomous zone has been applied to groups such as:


  • Freetown Christiania, is a partially self-governing neighbourhood in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark, which has established semi-legal status as an independent community.
  • Burning Man is considered by many to be a model of a PAZ. However its designation of being truly autonomous is often refuted since the event is privately owned and operated by a separate Limited Liability Corporation's board of directors, without formalized accountability to the event's members. In addition, federal laws are increasingly enforced by the Bureau of Land Management, and state laws are fully enforced by Pershing County Law Enforcement officers.
  • PAZ Ecovillage, is an oasis of biodiversity in the Chihuahuan Desert near Terlingua, Texas that represents a Permanent Autonomous Zone that is dedicated to self-reliance, self-expression, sustainability, freedom, and peace from the conventional standards of society by utilizing the path of least resistance; the natural environment, conserving its resources, and living in cohesion with the Earth while maintaining a general consensus based community of dwellers and free thinkers.
  • The Zapatista Autonomous Municipalities (independent Zapatista communities, MAREZ from their name in Spanish) in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Established following the 1994 Zapatista uprising, these communities operate, in practice, outside of Mexican law. They are governed internally by "Good Government Councils" composed of community members and also often by weekly general assemblies open to all members of the community. Each community also sends delegates to a regional council in order to report decisions made in their respective communities.

External links

  • Semi-Permanent Autonomous Zone
  • The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism
  • Permanent TAZs by Hakim Bey.
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