Have you ever heard of the micro-state of Sealand, which is located in the North Sea? It is an offshore platform with its own history, government, politics and even economy, but which was never recognized by the state.
Sealand's history dates back to World War II, when the British military built several platforms in the North Sea in 1942. One such platform was the Rafs Tower, which housed anti-aircraft guns and a garrison of 200 people. After the war, many of these platforms were destroyed, and the Rasf Tower remained unharmed, because it was outside the territorial waters of Britain. In 1966, one British major, Roy Bates, founded a pirate radio station here and, in order to escape persecution from the authorities, proclaimed the platform - a state. The milestone event took place in September 1967. In 1968, a small state, which was even proclaimed king - Roy Bates, tried to seize power in Britain. Attempts to seize the platform by force ended in failure, and in 1968 the court ruled that Rasf Tire was outside the jurisdiction of Britain.
Formation of a new state
Already in 1972, the first coins of the new state - Sealand appeared, and in 1975 - the coat of arms and flag.
In 1978, a riot occurred in the country, which developed as a result of tension between the closest circle of the prince - Bates. The parties could not come to a common agreement: whether to attract investments from outside. While Roy Bates was negotiating with investors in Austria, his successor, Achenbach, took over and put the prince's son in the basement. Prince Michael, who is the son of Bates, managed to escape and meet with his father.
Timely support from loyal friends helped the prince re-ascend the throne and overthrow the traitors. The government acted in accordance with the Geneva Convention and released the prisoners. In 1987, the state of Sealand expanded its borders from 3 to 12 miles. The next day, the British government responded to this question, but the parties failed to reach a compromise.
In 1990, there was a small incident at the Sealand border. A British ship was fired upon, illegally entering the territory. The volleys were warning, so the bloodshed was miraculously avoided.
In 200, Haven co, offered to host its hosting in Sealand so that the British government would not restrict the organization's rights. The demands of the government remain the same, the recognition by the world community. There is every reason for this - the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which was adopted in 1982. The platform was abandoned back in 1966, and this cannot be called an unauthorized seizure.
The settlers who have colonized the territory have the right to form a new state. Sealand meets all the criteria of statehood, which are spelled out in the Montevideo Convention. In June 2006, a fire broke out on the platform, which destroyed almost everything. British helicopters took one victim to a hospital where he received medical attention. The consequences of the fire were eliminated closer to the winter of 2006. Now the platform is being sold and put up for sale by a Spanish agency for 750 million euros, but the state has not yet found anyone willing to buy it.