Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Just Getting Around To This

I found this article on Yahoo some weeks back and had meaning to post about it since then.

LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters Life!) - 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."

I don't really have anything to add to this article other than Prince Roy was a bad ass. I could see myself doing this same thing. I would of course name the nation Dagrommia and our national anthem would be Feelin' On Yo Booty by R. Kelly. Everyone would be wealthy and every citizen would have a swimsuit calendar. The proceeds of which would go to fund the government. The highest seller would be my second in command. I think it would be recognized as the greatest nation on Earth.


Dagromm said...

By the way, I think I'm going to try and create my own nation at http://www.nationstates.net/

Dagromm said...

Check me out!!! This is what I've got so far.

The Grand Duchy of Dagrommia
"Keep It Real"

UN Category: Inoffensive Centrist Democracy
Civil Rights:
Excellent Economy:
Strong Political Freedoms:
Below Average

Location: the Pacific Regional Influence: Minnow

The Grand Duchy of Dagrommia is a tiny, socially progressive nation, renowned for its barren, inhospitable landscape. Its hard-nosed, hard-working population of 5 million have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.

The medium-sized government juggles the competing demands of Healthcare, Social Welfare, and Law & Order. The average income tax rate is 11%. A powerhouse of a private sector is led by the Gambling, Automobile Manufacturing, and Uranium Mining industries.

Crime is a problem. Dagrommia's national animal is the hippo and its currency is the douche piece.

Q said...

So can you only turn left in Dagrommia?

mist1 said...

I think I live there.

Q said...

The Republic of The Corner of Q

UN Category: New York Times Democracy
Civil Rights: Good
Economy: Reasonable
Political Freedoms: Superb

Location: the South Pacific Regional Influence: Minnow

The Republic of The Corner of Q is a tiny, devout nation, remarkable for its absence of drug laws. Its hard-nosed, intelligent population of 5 million enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people's right to vote held sacrosanct.

The enormous government juggles the competing demands of Religion & Spirituality, Law & Order, and Healthcare. The average income tax rate is 30%, but much higher for the wealthy. A substantial private sector is led by the Information Technology industry, followed by Uranium Mining and Arms Manufacturing.

Crime is moderate. The Corner of Q's national animal is the lollipop donkey and its currency is the dime piece.

Dagromm said...

By looking at mine and Q's profile I'm wondering if all that Uranium is making our people's noses hard.

Q said...

Nah, mine is caused by the absense of drug laws.

fringes said...

Mad Libs rock.