Friday, April 17, 2009

Entry: the Principality of Sealand

Reader seeasea was kind enough to send me links to many an interesting Wikipedia article, including one about Sealand.

Although not recognized as a sovereign nation by the UN, Sealand is categorized as a micronation. Built as a sea fort during World War II, it was taken over by Paddy Roy Bates in 1967, over ten years after British Navy personnel had abandoned it. Since it is six miles off the coast of England, it is in international waters and out of the country's territorial water claim (at the time). Sealand had its own constitution, flag, currency, and passports-- it even had a war! So much better than a lame tree fort.


Pooka said...

Sealand gets all the attention, and people forget about ones like this:

Their funding comes primarily from selling stamps. AWESOME.

Lenni said...

For at least five minutes I had it confused with Sea WORLD and was blown away with the force of your facetious wit. This is not to say that I don't find you witty normally but Sea World as an island kingdom just stuck a chord. (it's been along day and I'm not as sharp as usual)