I am Prince Michael of the Principality of Sealand, the world's smallest country, established in 1967. Ask me anything.
Hi, I am Prince Michael of Sealand, the world's smallest state - here's the proof that this is me: https://postimg.cc/YjmQWkbdAsk me anything.
Our official government website: http://www.sealandgov.org
In 1966, at the age of 14, I left school to join my father, Roy Bates, in transforming an abandoned World War II fortress in the North Sea into our own sovereign nation. On September 2, 1967, we raised our flag & declared this fortress the Principality of Sealand, with my father as Prince and my mother as Princess.
Our sovereignty was fortified in 1968 when I was involved in an incident with a British vessel. I faced weapons charges for firing warning shots, but a British court declared it had no jurisdiction, as the incident occurred in international waters.
A decade later, our history took a dramatic turn. A group of Germans, with ambitions of turning Sealand into a Luxury casino, staged an armed invasion, taking me captive. Following my release, my father & I led a dramatic helicopter raid to regain control of Sealand. We released all prisoners except one specific German, which sparked an international incident. After Britain declined involvement, citing their 1968, the German government dispatched a diplomat directly to Sealand to negotiate the prisoner's release. This action effectively amounted to a de facto recognition of Sealand's sovereignty
Sealand boasts its own flag, currency, passports, national anthem, stamps, and even a national American Football Team. A Hollywood film depicting our adventures is also in the works.
Today, Sealand is more than a nation; it's a global community united by the values of freedom, self-determination, and adventure. Through our Noble Title initiative, we invite like-minded individuals worldwide to join our community, supporting the ongoing maintenance and regeneration efforts of our fortress home. This initiative is vital in preserving Sealand as a bastion of freedom for future generations.
Having recently been featured on 60 Minutes and bestowing Noble Titles on figures like Ed Sheeran and Nas Daily, Sealand's community of Nobles is an exclusive international group.
Our culture is rich and dynamic, with Sealand represented internationally in various sports. Our teams, including the Sealand 'Seahawks’ and ‘She-Hawks’ in American Football, participate globally, embodying our spirit of adventure. Our annual charity swim event from Sealand to the UK and mountaineering feats, including scaling Mount Everest, are testaments to our adventurous spirit.
In governance, we're exploring innovative Web3 technologies like blockchain & AI to create transparent, decentralised government systems. This venture could position Sealand as a pioneer in fair and open governance, promoting freedom worldwide.
Environmentally, Sealand is a leader, with nearly all our electricity sourced from renewables. Our water supply is sustainably harvested from rainfall.
Our future vision for Sealand is to deploy cutting-edge technologies like blockchain and AI to demonstrate their efficacy in enhancing transparent and effective governance for the benefit of citizens. As a result, Sealand aims to function as a proving ground for the advancement of improved governance practices worldwide.
Our culture is rich and dynamic, with Sealand represented internationally in various sports. Our teams, including the Sealand Seahawks’ and ‘She-Hawks’ in American Football, participate globally, embodying our spirit of adventure. Our annual charity swim event from Sealand to the UK and mountaineering feats, including scaling Mount Everest, are testaments to our adventurous spirit.
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