Mobile devices, Planets and the Human Condition

Pirates looking to obtain Island Fortress of Sealand...

, posted: 15-Jan-2007 11:20

the infamous swedish Torrent tracking site The Pirate Bay is looking to purchase Sealand,

a small Principality / Island Fortress recently put up for sale by its current owners.

I had been expecting it to be snapped up by a technology firm of some sorts, however my expectation was that it would be someone like google,

lets face it I could just see google establishing their own country, and storing all their sensitive information there.

However the thought of a "gray" internet company purchasing the country didnt cross my mind,

but logically thinking it makes sense,  you can't get sued for doing something that is totally legally in your own country.

currently they are asking for donations.

the current owner of Sealand will surely be rubbing their hands together at this prospect, lets face it, if the RIAA want to prevent the purchase of Sealand by Pirate Bay, then the only thing they can do, is buy it themselves... so a real bidding war could ensue..

or hire commando's to attack the country - it wouldn't be the first time.

A Bit About Sealand

Sealand was founded as a sovereign Principality in 1967 in international waters, six miles off the eastern shores of Britain.

"Sealand was founded on the principle that any group of people dissatisfied with the oppressive laws and restrictions of existing nation states may declare independence in any place not claimed to be under the jurisdiction of another sovereign entity"

Sealand is on Roughs Tower, an island fortress built in World War II by Britain, and subsequently abandoned.

Sealands National Motto is "E Mare Libertas" or "From the Sea, Freedom".
The official language is English, and the Exchange rate is One Sealand Dollar to One US Dollar.

The British attempted to Invade Sealand in late 1968, however defensive Warning shots were fired at naval ships which proceeded to leave sealand waters.

Sealand Fights off invaders (and Wins a war) - from

In August of 1978, a number of Dutch men came to Sealand in the employ of a German businessman. They were there to discuss business dealings with Sealand. While Roy was away in Britain, these men kidnapped Prince Roy's son Michael, and took Sealand by force. Soon after, Roy recaptured the island with a group of his own men and held the attackers as prisoners of war.

During the time that he held the prisoners, the Governments of the Netherlands and Germany petitioned for their release. First they asked England to intervene in the matter, but the British government cited their earlier court decision as evidence that they made no claim to the territory of Sealand. Then, in an act of de facto recognition of Sealand's sovereignty, Germany sent a diplomat directly to Sealand to negotiate for the release of their citizen.

Roy first released the Dutch citizens, as the war was over, and the Geneva Convention requires the release of all prisoners. The German was held longer, as he had accepted a Sealand Passport, and therefore was guilty of treason. Prince Roy, who was grateful that the incident had not resulted in a loss of life, and did not want to bloody the reputation of Sealand, eventually released him as well.

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Comment by zach, on 15-Jan-2007 20:46

"This just in... The Pirate Bay has stopped the purchase of Sealand and has decided to instead purchase an island. Go to IRC to hear more."

Comment by KJ, on 17-Jan-2007 20:20

So does someone wanna give me the money to build my own country? I'll put you picture on my stamps...honest...

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