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IN Travel & Adventure ON 13 Aug, 2015
The Principality of Sealand is a self-recognized state aka micronation. Roy Bates, a British pirate radio broadcaster is the founder of this secret nation and has become famous as a "Sealander". A few years after the WW-II, he started his own country on the decommissioned navy platform in the North Sea.
In 1967, Family and associates of Paddy Roy Bates occupied Sealand and claimed it to be an independent sovereign state. He acquired the place with the intention of setting up his own radio station there. Then in 1975, he put efforts to establish Sealand as a nation-state and wrote the national constitution along with the release of national symbols.
It has been listed as world’s smallest country, but it is yet to be explored.
Let's know more about this hidden smallest country in the world.
Sealand was once known as HM Fort Roughs or Roughs Tower. It was constructed there by the British Navy during WWII. Affixed to the sea floor, it weighs 4,500 tons and has the population of around 50.
Then, the land was occupied by Paddy Roy Bates to establish his radio station in 1965. He renamed it the Principality of Sealand and established it as a new 'nation above the sea'. He also introduced a flag, national anthem, currency and even independent passports for his own country.
In 1978, a German lawyer named Alexander Achenbach claimed to be the prime minister of Sealand . He attacked the nation and also kidnapped Roy Bates's son Michael. Not long after, Bates took his country and son back from him.
But, the fascinating fact about this tiny nation is that it allows anyone to become the baron or baroness of it by paying for the title. It has also issued 150,000 passports in 1997, but all were nullified as they were suspected to be linked with some criminal activities.
The businesses of the country includes issuing coins, online casino and an offshore Internet hosting facility. It also has an official website and online newspaper to publish Sealand News. Well, I am totally shocked that such a tiny nation also needs a newspaper to convey the news.
People around the world are so interested in the country that they want to buy the land. From 2007 to 2010, Principality of Sealand was kept on sale with the cost price of $906 million dollars.
A Royal Air Force helicopter came there to rescue injured people and they transported one injured man to hospital.
Bates passed away in 2012. In 1980, during one of his interviews, he stated, "I might die young or I might die old, but I will never die of boredom."
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