A former criminal-turned-Instagram influencer has encouraged his followers to donate $10,000 each to join him on a self-governing project somewhere in remote Australia.
Nathan “King AK” Richards attracted a cult following online in 2018, sharing his seemingly glamorous life with his followers while promoting guns, crime, women and luxury cars.
He has now revealed his plan to buy a secluded estate to live away from traditional society and live by “the laws of the land as God intended”.
“I could sell an acre for $10,000 or more,” the 30-year-old posted to his 53,000 Instagram followers this week.
“I have another 4,000-acre property I’m looking at in Kilkivan (in the Gympie region of Queensland) this week.”
Richards, who is covered in tattoos from head to toe, 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 searched for and before I die it’s all I will accept,” he recently said in a series of Instagram Stories.
Richards put forward a plan to create a “Not For Profit” with a board that would “invest every $100,000 to buy 1,000 acres of geographically strategic land.”
According to his proposal, ownership would be held in the company’s name to “establish a sovereign territory”.
“We grow fields of our own organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, grains and roots,” he said, outlining a plan to also raise animals.
Richards said no cars or internal combustion engines would be allowed as residents would use electric vehicles or horses to get around.
“No one pays rent or bills, everyone has assigned roles to work on the territory,” he continued. “Away from the bull*** media, poisoned food, water, pharmaceuticals and problems of our society.”
Richard first made headlines in 2015 for a one-punch attack on an unsuspecting mall security guard.
The incident resulted in him being sentenced to 18 months in prison with immediate probation, with the judge allowing him to stay on the street for failing to continue the assault after the beating.
CCTV footage showed Richard punching the security guard, who bumped into a woman walking beside him and pushed her into a bathroom door.
The guard remained unconscious for about five minutes, and Richard turned and walked away immediately after the attack.
Walking free from court, Richards showed little remorse for his crime and made a statement to the waiting media. “Punch the lion, let yourself be bitten,” he said at the time.
Interestingly, on Jan. 25, Richards posted another Instagram story in which he delved into the Australia Day debate and insisted he “couldn’t wait to celebrate”.
“Can’t wait to party loud and proud tomorrow,” he wrote.
“So thankful to live in this amazing country that has given so much to me and my family.
“If I see one of these left-wing sooks disregard our flag by raising it upside down, pick your teeth out of the dirt.
“God bless Australia! God bless all Australians!”
It remains to be seen if Richard’s plan to go offline with his followers will gain traction and attract enough people to form a functioning community. But the idea of a breakaway society or “sovereign citizen” has slowly gained traction across Australia in recent months.
While the sovereign citizens’ movement has existed for many years, it has seen a resurgence in Australia during the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, which have been among the harshest in the world.
Initially, anti-lockdown and sovereign citizen groups banded together through Facebook groups set up to organize Covid protests, during which a range of conspiracy theories were widely circulated.
But in late 2020, Facebook began cracking down on Covid disinformation, and many individuals and groups were banned from the platform, fleeing to alternatives like Telegram instead.
Today there are countless sovereign citizen accounts and groups on Telegram, offering a chilling glimpse into the beliefs and state of mind of the members.
While the movement seems strange but harmless at first glance, Professor Greg Barton told news.com.au that conspiracy theories tend to snowball, and at the extreme end followers can come to see taking life and losing it as “a kind of crowning glory.” achievement”. instead of failure.
Prof Barton said Australia and the whole world had passed the “tipping point” as more than half of counter-terrorism action was now focused on fighting far-right conspiracy ideologies.
Originally credited as Nate “King AK,” Richards encourages his followers to put money into a self-governing corporation