Kingdom of Dixit: After Indian Man Stakes Claim, American Says he Already Owns Unclaimed Land; But There’s a Twist
New Delhi, Nov 17: After an Indian Suyash Dixit staked claim to 1,290 square kilometres of unclaimed land between the borders of Egypt and Sudan called Bir Tawil and declared himself king of the ‘Kingdom of Dixit’, an American man claimed that he already owns the territory. Calling Suyash Dixit a liar, Jeremiah Heaton from the United States said he’s the rightful owner of what the Indore-based businessman named ‘Kingdom of Dixit’. Heaton further alleged that Dixit did not actually reach Bir Tawil. However, the matter later got resolved between the two.
In a series of tweets, Jeremiah Heaton – who goes by Twitter handle @KingNorthSudan – rubbished the claims of Suyash Dixit and said it was impossible for him to reach Bir Tawil without the permission from the Egyptian military. “You are a liar. You bring shame to your family. It was impossible for you to travel to Bir Tawil without permission from the Egyptian military. You requested my help with the problem. You faked your travel,” Heaton, who visited Bir Tawil in 2014 and claimed it for himself as the “Kingdom of North Sudan”, tweeted.
“Suyash contacted me requesting my help in traveling to bir tawil. He could not get permission from Egypt and needed my help. I told him it could not be done due to rule changes,” he said in another tweet. “Suyash Dixit falsely claims he drive from Abu Simbel to Bir Tawil. This is impossible as Lake Nasser divides the two regions and no ferry service connects to the Bir Tawil side of the lake. There is no way his vehicle traversed the open desert. Wrong tires and too clean,” he wrote further.
A major twist came in the story when Jeremiah Heaton deleted his tweets in which he bashed Suyash Dixit and called him a ‘good-hearted’ man. “Suyash Dixit is a good man and has recognized the development work the Kingdom of North Sudan has performed in bir tawil over the last three years. He has agreed to lead the effort to contract and manage the North Sudan technology center. Suyash is an excellent tech leader,” the American man tweeted.
Confirming the positive development, Suyash Dixit tweeted, “There’s an update here. I had a very productive talk with
@KingNorthSudan a couple of minutes ago and we both are on the same page now (no more proofs required now I guess). Also, we shared some great ideas as well and I’ll be writing more about it soon.” Speaking to a news portal, Suyash said that he did travel to Bir Tawil but he would not share his exact route because he does not want to encourage others to repeat that journey.