More than 200 American families have signed up to live in a planned fortress community in the Idaho mountains where residents will be required by law to bear arms.
According to its website, The Citadel is "a developing community of patriots in the mountains of Idaho who believe in Jefferson's Rightful Liberty and have chosen to live amongst one another, who have sworn their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to defend one another and liberty."
The Citadel will be located in western Idaho. Its organizers have already purchased 20 acres of land in Benwah County where they plan on building an arms factory to fund their project. Called III Arms, the company says it will produce camouflage AR-15 assault rifles and M1911 semi-automatic pistols engraved with the words "Let it begin here that every man is armed."
The Citadel will be built to accommodate 3,500 to 7,000 families. In addition to the III Arms factory, five neighborhoods, schools, a firearms museum, a power plant, an amphitheater and a farmers' market are planned. No word on whether Starbucks or McDonald's will be allowed in.
There will, of course, be churches, but no mosques, synagogues, temples or other religious edifices are indicated in the community's plans.
The Citadel website says that all residents will be bound by patriotism, pride in American exceptionalism, a proud history of liberty as defined by America's Founding Fathers and physical preparedness to survive natural and manmade disasters like economic collapse.
"The Citadel is not your typical planned community where the developer's objective is selling cookie-cutter homes at the highest possible profit margin," the community's website states. "The Citadel is not profit-driven. The Citadel is liberty driven; specifically, Thomas Jefferson's Rightful Liberty."
"There will be no HOA (homeowners' association)," the site continues. "There will be no recycling police and no local ordinance enforcers from City Hall."
Then, this warning: "Marxists, Socialists, Liberals and Establishment Republicans will likely find that life in our community is incompatible with their existing ideology and preferred lifestyles."
Apparently liberty ends with gun possession in The Citadel, because a number of regulations require that residents not only arm themselves but demonstrate their marksmanship and even carry weapons on their person. According to the Citadel Patriot Agreement, which every prospective resident must agree to (and submit a $208 application fee):
- Every able-bodied Patriot aged 13 and over... shall annually demonstrate proficiency with the rifle of his/her choice by hitting a man-sized target at 100 yards with open sights at the Citadel range. Each resident shall have 10 shots and must hit the target at least 7 times. (Residents 13 and older must do the same with a handgun at 25 yards).
- Every able-bodied Patriot of age within the Citadel will maintain one AR-15 variant in 5.56mm NATO, at least 5 magazines and 1,000 rounds of ammunition.
- Every child attending Citadel schools-- with parental discretion for maturity-- shall have as part of every semesters' 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.
- All Patriots, who are of age and who are not legally restricted from bearing firearms, shall agree to remain armed with a loaded sidearm whenever visiting the Citadel Town Center.
-Each household shall provide one able-bodied Patriot (aged 13 or older) who shall muster one Saturday per month for Martial/Support Training for neighborhood-level training and musters, as set forth by the Militia Commanders of the Community.
Additionally, Citadel residents must maintain sufficient food and water to sustain them for a year, pass a class on basic emergency medical care and participate in martial drills.
Citadel homes will be built with poured concrete for "exceptional strength and durability." Approved applicants receive a lifetime lease, paid off in 30 years. "No credit check. No background check. Zero down payment. Zero interest. Zero property tax," the community's website promises. A 1,200 square foot home on a half acre of land inside the Citadel walls will cost approximately $680 per month. A 3,000 square foot home on a full acre will cost about $1,695 per month.
In order to provide employment for Citadel residents, a firearms factory, small businesses and even tourism are planned:
"The Citadel intends to become a premier tourist destination for Americans, from sea-to-sea and from border-to-border. Not only will tourists travel to see the only real fortified castle and town in America, we intend to offer numerous attractions including a firearms museum where enthusiasts actually get to fire their favorite arms from history!"
If The Citadel sounds like the kind of place you'd like to call home, here's a link to their application.
"If Liberty has been missing from the life of your family, consider the Citadel for your new home," says the community's website.