Sealand has been in the news a lot recently as the Swedish pro-software piracy group Pirate's Bay tries to buy it to avoid international copyright laws. Sealand is an anti-aircraft artillery platform formerly known as Rough's Tower that was built in (then) international waters about 6 miles off the coast of England during World War II, and abandoned after the war. In 1967, it was occupied by pirate radio broadcasters when the current owner (who styles himself Prince Roy Bates) forcibly evicted (overthrew) his rival pirate broadcasters to claim possession. Following this "war for independence," Prince Roy declared sovreignty, establishing his "nation" as the Principality of Sealand. . . .
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