Monday, January 08, 2007

The Principality of Sealand

is for sale. Well, not really for sale, since sovereign nations cannot be sold. The Principality of Sealand is a former British WW2 fort that has since been declared a sovereign nation. Its sale is being reported in the news, including in this excerpt from the Telegraph:

A country is up for sale with an asking price of £65 million.

Complete with its own passports, currency and stamps, the Principality of Sealand is a self-proclaimed mini-state on a former Second World War fort, seven miles off Harwich, Essex.

and this from the TimesOnline:

For sale: the world’s smallest country, complete with its own passports, currency, stamps and national football team. Uninterrupted sea views and complete privacy assured. Oh, and more wind than you will ever want. Offers in the region of eight-digit sums considered.

After 40 years, the owners of the Principality of Sealand have put it on the market. They hope that investors will be lured by the island’s setting and its status as a tax haven.

Sealand has its own flag, coinage, royalty, and pride in its history, even though it was only founded in 1967.

Update: WorldHum reports on this story, including the fact that Sealand is mentioned in a new book on Micronations.

Another update: Lonely Planet has an article that mentions that Sealand has its own chapel. I wonder what the denominational preference is and whether or not they have a resident full-time chaplain. Hmmm...

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