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Dayton Peace Agreement was reached in November 1995 at USA Air Force Base near Dayton (Ohio), and formally signed on 14th December 1995 in Paris. It brought peace to the country torn up by war which started on 6th of April 1992. Today, this peace agreement which also serves as the Bosnian constitution has become a political nightmare. Its complex structure makes any kind of progress in Bosnia seem impossible.

Lilium Bosniacum (a.k.a. golden lily or Bosnian lily) is a lily native to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Lilium Bosniacum, together with Lilium Albanicum and Lilium Jankae have always been treated as varieties of Lilium Carneolicum. However, extensive DNA-analyses have shown that this group is polyphyletic. erefore, on e Genus Lilium they are treated as separate species since 2005.

Bosnian Lily is a symbol that has been used in Bosnia since middle ages. It became especially popular during the rule of Bosnian king Tvrtko I Kotromanić, when Bosnia was one of the most powerful countries in Balkans. With the invasion of Ottomans into the region and the fall of Kotromanić Dynasty, the symbol went out of use. On 1st of March 1992, when Bosnia and Herzegovina gained independence from Yugoslavia, lilys were brought back onto the Bosnian ag. In 1998, after the protests of political representatives of the former Herceg-Bosna and Republika Srpska, the ag of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina was replaced.

E idea of the project is to try and create a set of rules and genetically modify Bosnian Lily in order that it complies with the complex structure of Dayton Peace Agreement.

In collaboration with scientists (e.g. botanist), I would like to conduct experiments in order to see if this speci c “constitutional law” can be translated, one way or another, into “natural law”. All of the process would be photographically and video documented, in order to produce an illustrated scienti c book/herbarium and a short video documentary. Finally the goal would be to register this “hybrid lily”, if successful, to the EU database of registered plant varieties.