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A Man Created His Own Country On The Decommissioned Navy Platform And It's Unbelievable!

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.  

A Man Created His Own Country On The Decommissioned Navy Platform  And It's Unbelievable!

A Man Created His Own Country On The Decommissioned Navy Platform And It's Unbelievable!

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Sealand was founded as a Sovereign Principality in 1967 in international waters, six miles of the eastern shores of Britain.

Sealand was founded as a Sovereign Principality in 1967 in international waters, six miles of the eastern shores of Britain.

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.

After the end of World War-II, it was abandoned for 11 years.

 After the end of World War-II, it was abandoned for 11 years.

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.

Sealand is located in international waters and had no official governing body.

Sealand is located in international waters and had no official governing body.

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.

Though, Sealand is not a recognized country but it has its own stamps, currency, royal family, passport and constitution.

Though, Sealand is not a recognized country but it has its own stamps, currency, royal family, passport and constitution.

Economy of 'Principality of Sealand' is yet a mystery.

Economy of 'Principality of Sealand' is yet a mystery.

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.

Sealand has been involved in several commercial operations.

Sealand has been involved in several commercial operations.

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.

The interior of the royal residence of Sealand.

The interior of the royal residence of Sealand.

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.

It is the flag of the nation created by the prince of Sealand, Paddy Roy Bates.

It is the flag of the nation created by the prince of Sealand, Paddy Roy Bates.

Citizens of Sealand store food for a year and are able to get groceries and other stuff on Sealand by making transportation with dinghies.

Citizens of Sealand store food for a year and are able to get groceries and other stuff on Sealand by making transportation with dinghies.

In 2006, Sealand was caught on fire.

In 2006, Sealand was caught on fire.

A Royal Air Force helicopter came there to rescue injured people and they transported one injured man to hospital.

This is a picture of the royal family of Sealand. This is the family of the founder of the 'nation', Paddy Roy Bates.

This is a picture of the royal family of Sealand. This is the family of the founder of the 'nation', Paddy Roy Bates.

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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