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#40298 - 10 Jan 07 08:49 For sale: world's smallest country
Piss Salon Offline
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A former World War II fort in the North Sea, which was settled 40 years ago and declared a state with its own self-proclaimed royal family, is up for sale, The Times said Monday.

The tiny Principality of Sealand, which began life as Roughs Tower in 1941, is a 550 square metre (658 square yard) steel platform perched on two concrete towers 11 kilometres (seven miles) off the coast of Harwich, eastern England.

It is accessible only by helicopter and boat but according to its owners, who want offers of eight digits or over, boasts uninterrupted sea views, guarantees complete privacy and is a tax haven.

"We have owned the island for 40 years now and my father is 85," Prince Michael of Sealand was quoted by AFP as saying. "Perhaps it is time for some rejuvenation.

"Astronomical figures have been mentioned but we will just see what comes forward."

Although its nation status is disputed, Sealand boasts a military past like any other country, defending its sovereignty from outside threats.

Former British army major Paddy Roy Bates began occupying the island with his family in 1967, declared it a state in international waters and gave himself the title "prince".

Britain's Royal Navy attempted to evict him the following year but were unsuccessful. As they entered territorial waters, Roy of Sealand fired warning shots from the former fort.

A judge then ruled in his favour that Sealand was outside British government control as it was beyond the three-mile limit of the country's waters.

In 1974, Roy of Sealand introduced a constitution. A flag, national anthem, currency -- the gold and silver Sealand dollar which is the equivalent to the US dollar -- and passports have followed suit.

Four years later, Dutch and German businessmen on Sealand to discuss a business deal kidnapped Roy's son but were overpowered and held as prisoners of war before eventually being released.
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#40299 - 10 Jan 07 09:09 Re: For sale: world's smallest country [Re: Piss Salon]
KuKuKaChu Moderator Offline
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which brings up some fundamental points of law, among them, under what nation state's legal jurisdiction is the sale being made? as the seller is effectively abdicating, there is therefore a jurisdictional vacuum.

furthermore, the "island" was acquired by way of physical violence; what's to stop them simply doing it again after the sale has been made? under who's law will the vendor be sued for breach of contract?
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#40300 - 10 Jan 07 09:13 Re: For sale: world's smallest country [Re: KuKuKaChu]
Polar Bear Offline
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Fair point. Who "owns" a country?

I am constantly being told I own nothing (usually by socialists who own big fucking houses and 4X4)

International conistution lawyer anyone...?


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