Sealand is formally a “micronation” (inhabitants 50+), which is “an entity that resembles a nation or a state, however which for probably the most half exists solely on paper, on the Web, or within the thoughts of its creator”. Sealand earns the doubtful title of smallest nation, with solely 550 sq. meters of space. It is actually simply an previous WWII anti-aircraft platform 7 miles off the English coast.
The Principality of Sealand was based in 1976 when British Military Main Paddy Roy Bates occupied the previous platform and formally declared independence. The impartial standing of Sealand has by no means been acknowledged by every other nation, and it has solely been persistently inhabited by Bates and his household. Bates and his spouse go by Prince Roy and Princess Joan.
The declare that Sealand is a recognised impartial sovereign state is predicated on an interpretation of a 1968 choice of an English courtroom, through which it was held that Roughs Tower was in worldwide waters and thus exterior the jurisdiction of the home courts
Regardless of the small dimension of Sealand, it has gone by way of a civil conflict in 1978. It additionally as soon as burned down in 2006. Additionally, BitTorrent web site The Pirate Bay as soon as tried to purchase Sealand in 2007.
2012: Roy Bates, self-declared Prince of Sealand, died after struggling Alzheimer’s disease for a number of years. He was succeeded by his son Michael.