The Dan Who Would Be King

I came across the following news piece regarding the Principality of Sealand this morning and it got me thinking…

For sale: World’s smallest country with sea view

Tue Jan 9, 8:14 AM ET (Reuters) For sale: the world’s smallest country with its own flag, stamps, currency and passports.

Apply to Prince Michael of Sealand if you want to run your own nation, even if it is just a wartime fort perched on two concrete towers in the North Sea.

Built in World War Two as an anti-aircraft base to repel German bombers, the derelict platform was taken over 40 years ago by retired army major Paddy Roy Bates who went to live there with his family.

He declared the platform, perched seven miles off the east coast of England and just outside Britain’s territorial waters, to be the principality of Sealand.

The self-styled Prince Roy adopted a flag, chose a national anthem and minted silver and gold coins.

The family saw off an attempt by Britain’s Royal Navy to evict them and also an attempt in 1978 by a group of German and Dutch businessmen to seize Sealand by force.

Roy, 85, now lives in Spain and his son Michael told BBC Radio on Monday his family had been approached by estate agents with clients “who wanted a bit more than a bit of real estate, they wanted autonomy.”

He suggested Sealand, which has eight rooms in each tower, could be a base for online gambling or offshore banking.

Asked to describe the delights of living on what he described as a cross between a house and a ship, the 54-year-old said: “The neighbors are very quiet. There is a good sea view.”

sealand.jpgFirst off, as properties go Sealand definitely looks like a fixer-upper of sorts. I believe it’s the only country that is in need of a fresh coat of paint. Apparently the asking price is $950 million — a bargain for a country? Maybe not. Still an opportunity to rule your own country. I’m not sure if being a “principality” would mean that I could only be a “prince” or if I could declare myself “king” of Sealand. That would constitute as my first upgrade — even before the new paint job.

Now Sealand already has it’s own flag, coat of arms, stamps, and coins, but there’s always room for improvement. The flag is rather blaw — not much more than a diver down flag with a black lower right triangle. I think I might modify the flag to incorporate a powerful and awe-inspiring image of Poseidon or Neptune. Or the already established coat of arms looks impressive enough — maybe just add that to the flag. It’s with the stamps and coins that some fun can be had. Maybe print stamps with the images of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models — they’d be fun to lick. And for coins — I’d mint them to look like credits from the Star Wars universe with Aurebesh text and images of alien races, planets, and starships. Imagine all of the fanboys wanting to collect those coins.

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