Happier Times on the Principality of Sealand

Principality of Sealand, photo by misterbisson (has some geodata on the Principality)
I learned of the Principality of Sealand in a 2000 Wired article. Kind of an interesting, real life cyberpunk scenario that I recall made me think about the nature of nations in the future.

Apparently on Friday, the seat of the throne of King Roy Bates (and site of an offshore datahaven) was seriously burned in a fire. I assume that Slashdot and Digg will overwhelm these links today.


3 thoughts on “Happier Times on the Principality of Sealand

  1. Ima Pseudonym says:

    It’s all bulls***. The UK government has simply chosen to ignore it (at least, for now) due to the potential loss of life/political embarassment that destroying it might bring. The “country” is in fact not a nation, and all attempts to circumvent UK laws on “Sealand” have been met with quiet warnings from the UK government and subsequent backing down from Sealand’s “rulers.”

  2. farlane says:

    Of course Sealand is bull. The idea that an individual or group could declare themselves cititzens of their own nation is patently absurd. Everyone knows that you have to be a citizen of a conventional nation.

    I mean, it’s not like we can have people running willy-nilly over the earth without belonging to a government. Sheesh. Everybody knows that.

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