Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Not available on eBay -- yet!

The world's smallest country is for sale. No, not Vatican City.

The coat of arms of Sealand, an offshore platform with claims to sovereignty.

Reuters reports that Sealand, an industrial platform off the English shore in international waters, owned by a retired military officer who purchased it and declared its sovereignty (and himself its ruling prince), is on the market. The buyer gets a former World War II anti-aircraft base, which has its own coat of arms, flag, stamps, currency, and national anthem.

Prospects are for an online casino or an offshore bank. No terra firma, and no word on the price.


Anonymous said...

I'm going to declare my room the Democratic Republic of Histor.

CMinor said...

It seems to me I'd heard Prince Michael had run afoul of British authorities lately--something of a problem when you consider he still has to go there for groceries. I wonder if that had anything to do with the decision to sell?