The most famous in the world microstate
One of the oldest and certainly the most famous in the world microstate came into being back in 1967. A pair of British nationals simply could not resist the temptation to turn the former weapons platform in your own personal paradise: Roy Bates and Ronan O'Reilly made, do not even dream about than most people. And you know what the best part? You too can become a citizen of Sealand - Principality freedom-at the very coast of the UK.
The platform for life
During World War II, the United Kingdom has done everything possible to strengthen the coast. Under this program, on the outskirts were built several platforms. On site Rafs Tower housed a formidable garrison of 200 people and a few anti-aircraft guns. That's only in the bustle of the British built the same Rafs Tower outside its territorial waters, and that was the impetus for the further development of the situation.
Much later, in 1966, former soldier Paddy Roy Bates and Ronan O'Reilly looked after the abandoned platform to build a theme park. Partner plans prevented the quarrel: Bates drove Ronan platform and defended it for a while.
amusement park no winner did not build. Instead there was planned to place the pirate station Britain's Better Music Station, but the case did not go beyond the plans. Having lived on the platform a few months, Roy suddenly announced the establishment of a sovereign state. September 2, 1967 the whole world was astonished learned about a new principality - Roy named it Sealand.
Problems with authorities
Of course, the British authorities were not going to stand aside and give their property to some rascal there. In early 1968 came two military boats to the platform, which were met by shots. Bloodshed was avoided: England decided to just sue Bates, because technically he remained a British subject.
The logical way out of this situation would be for the expansion of the UK's territorial waters. September 30, 1987 it was officially announced: Sealand is now coming under the jurisdiction of the country. However, a clever prince responded to the new threat immediately - he also announced the expansion of the territory of the principality, on the British snobs decided not to respond. And it was a big mistake: in fact, for all the rest of the world as the United Kingdom has recognized the right to Bates on the sovereign control of its platform.
For International Crime Sealand existence has become a real gift. In 1997, Interpol came across a syndicate who sold fake documents silendskie. Diplomatic passports, driving license, ordinary civil documents - in Europe on such securities managed to buy weapons, open bank accounts and arrange the whole scam. Operation to block fraudulent documents required several years and Interpol cost about $ 10 million.
The inexorable element of
For a long time Sealand has flourished. But the June 23, 2006 the story of this strange state almost came to an end. A sudden fire destroyed almost all the buildings on the platform, and infrastructure recovery took six months silendtsev.
The principality established a constitutional monarchy. The head until recently was Prince Roy Bates I, and now it was replaced by the successor, Michael I Bates. There's a full-fledged constitution, adopted September 25, 1975. Control of life by three ministries: Interior, Foreign Affairs and Telecommunications and Technology.
I do not think that Sealand - just one of the invented states. It has everything necessary for a normal life: the country produces their own brand, there is Silendskaya Church of England, and even has its own football team. The latter, however, is not recognized yet no federation.
After the death of Roy, his heir was the only son of Michael Bay. However, the politician did not move on the platform and prefers to spend time in the UK. In 2012, he was awarded the hereditary title of General-Admiral Prince Michael of Sealand I Bates.