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Sealand Put Up For Sale

Hemos posted more than 7 years ago | from the pour-at-a-40-for-Sealand dept.

The Almighty Buck 290

antic writes "The Principality of Sealand is up for sale. The 550 square meter steel platform boasts "uninterrupted sea views", complete privacy and has been mentioned on Slashdot in the past for its offers of hosting outside the jurisdiction of (some) traditional laws."

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If only I could afford such a thing (5, Funny)

Vengeance (46019) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507258)

Then I could hunt the most dangerous game of all...

Re:If only I could afford such a thing (2, Funny)

ccarson (562931) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507450)

Four years later, Dutch and German businessmen on Sealand to discuss a business deal kidnapped Roy's son but were overpowered and held as prisoners of war before eventually being released.

What?!?! That's crazy!

Re:If only I could afford such a thing (3, Funny)

theMerovingian (722983) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507536)


You're going to hunt women in a jungle [imdb.com] ?

Re:If only I could afford such a thing (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17507608)

A girlfriend?

Re:If only I could afford such a thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17507744)

Does sealand really have that many hobos?

Re:If only I could afford such a thing (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17507920)

The Zookeeper?

Re:If only I could afford such a thing (1)

Dorceon (928997) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508174)

I was going to say sharks (and it probably would have been a good place for that), but I can't beat a Futurama reference.

Re:If only I could afford such a thing (1)

BLBK (970296) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508178)

...lawyers?

Yeah, but... (5, Funny)

celardore (844933) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507260)

You should know that the commute is a bitch.

I should also add (5, Informative)

celardore (844933) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507298)

It's not actually for sale, the owners are just offering a tenancy. [eveningstar.co.uk] Which makes it not such a sweet deal.

How to buy Sealand for free in just 5 steps (4, Funny)

skurk (78980) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507266)

1. Buy Sealand on credit, you can get a loan anywhere these days.
2. Apply for your own TLD.
3. Open up for a new domain rush, demand ridicilous prices for certain domains
4. Release the loan using the income from domain sales.
5. You own Sealand, you are king.

Re:How to buy Sealand for free in just 5 steps (1)

udderly (890305) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507320)

1. Buy Sealand on credit, you can get a loan anywhere these days.
2. Apply for your own TLD.
3. Open up for a new domain rush, demand ridicilous prices for certain domains
4. Release the loan using the income from domain sales.
5. You own Sealand, you are king.

You forgot:
6. Profit!!

Re:How to buy Sealand for free in just 5 steps (5, Insightful)

pedantic bore (740196) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507378)

Well, I think that's not all that different from what they did... except step 2 is a little more iffy than you might think.

Last time there was a slashdot story on them, they had the business model of providing a place where folks could store sensitive data without fear of subpeona -- they wanted to be, for data storage, what Switzerland used to be for bank accounts. Guess it didn't work. They don't really have as much independence as they thought... it's tough to hold your ground when your entire country is one "accident" (or torpedo) from oblivion at worst, or a few weeks of blockade away from starvation at best.

item you missed (2, Insightful)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507496)

starvation? it's called fishing

Re:item you missed (1)

xENoLocO (773565) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507718)

And water?

Re:item you missed (2, Interesting)

bladesjester (774793) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507862)

You never learned how to purify water using solar power?

Here's the short version:
Take a large vat full of salt water, place a recepticle in the middle to catch the fresh water, cover over with clear object (preferably concave so the curvature can direct the condensed water toward the fresh water recepticle, and then let the sun do it's work. You periodically remove the fresh water and add more salt water.

Sun? In ENGLAND? (5, Funny)

evilandi (2800) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507992)

bladesjester: the sun do its work

Off the coast of Essex, England, UK? In the North Sea?

I'm guessing you've never been to the east coast of England. It is sunny for approximately half an hour in the afternoon only of the third Wednesday after Pentecost.

A far, far faster method of obtaining fresh water in the North Sea would be to simply open your mouth and tilt your head skywards. It'll fill with fresh rainwater - no desalination required - in about six seconds.

Re:Sun? In ENGLAND? (3, Informative)

arthurpaliden (939626) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508198)

On avarage, London has more days of sunshine than Paris.

Re:Sun? In ENGLAND? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17508396)

Yes, but Paris has more dog shit on their streets.

Re:item you missed (1)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507890)

top of my head
1-rain
2-electrolysis
3-dehumidifier
4-solar still
5-condensation from exhalation collection

Re:item you missed (1)

KUHurdler (584689) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507860)

ah yes, teach a man to fish... I hope they like saltwater and sushi.

Re:How to buy Sealand for free in just 5 steps (4, Insightful)

marcello_dl (667940) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507426)

Or:

1) get together with other geeks
2) make a joint offer for sealand ownership, each one pays a little share.
3) get sealand
4) enact legislation which is impossible anywhere else because of WTO, like: no patent on software, only copyright. No stupid patents on anything. There is something that can be done for censorship, to free scientific research hampered by stupid lawsuits, lots of possibilities.
5) Open embassies wherever a geek need a safe place to develop his ideas without fears of lawsuits. An embassy is territory of sealand too. SSH provides no data sent to sealand and other embassies violates any international law as it's just encrypted blobs there.
6) Profit for all humanity.

What do you think?

Re:How to buy Sealand for free in just 5 steps (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17507488)

You forgot "4a) Actually get recognised by at least one other country". Best of luck with that.

Re:How to buy Sealand for free in just 5 steps (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17507764)

and 1.1) Neil Stephenson writes FICTION.

Re:How to buy Sealand for free in just 5 steps (1)

marcello_dl (667940) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507492)

Well, seeing the price tag and it being a tenancy, it's better to buy a platform somewhere in international waters, and declare independence.

Re:How to buy Sealand for free in just 5 steps (2, Interesting)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507778)

No longer possible. After Sealand, one of the first things that happened was a change of international jurisdiction concerning such renegade actions.

You don't think countries enjoy the idea of their subjects declaring independence, do you?

The true value (1)

ratboy666 (104074) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507584)

You are correct. The value in Sealand is being able to create embassies of Sealand. It should be easy to find nations willing to host Sealand embassies: if only to tweak the noses of the "first world".

Sealand in itself is too dependent on the UK government. But really, the "data centre" or other services can easily be provided at the embassy level.

The remaining problem is that this approach is expensive -- the embassy hosting nations require investment in infrastructure. Or Sealand would have to own its own satellite...

Re:How to buy Sealand for free in just 5 steps (3, Interesting)

zlogic (892404) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507474)

Here's an easier way:
1. Buy Sealand on credit, you can get a loan anywhere these days.
2. You own Sealand, you are king.
3. Create a law that forbids the King of Sealand to release loans ;-)

Re:How to buy Sealand for free in just 5 steps (1)

hotdiggitydawg (881316) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507986)

Good point... just make sure you son't sign any extradition treaties. Or expect to travel anywhere. And learn to swim in case your loan sharks (pun intended) decide to "kneecap" the oil platform.

Re:How to buy Sealand for free in just 5 steps (2, Interesting)

hardburn (141468) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508190)

That would be considered defaulting on a loan. Countries have a credit rating just like individuals do. The reason the US government can have a multi-trillion doller debt is because it has never defaulted on a loan.

So sure, you can do that, but it's still going to foobar your credit rating.

Re:How to buy Sealand for free in just 5 steps (5, Funny)

drewzhrodague (606182) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507656)

5. You own Sealand, you are king.

It is good to be the king!

Bill Gates ? (0)

Rastignac (1014569) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507278)

He should buy it. Not very expensive for him.

Re:Bill Gates ? (2, Insightful)

webax (1034218) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507534)

He doesn't need it. He can already get away with whatever he wants regardless of local laws ;)

Re:Bill Gates ? (2, Funny)

CortoMaltese (828267) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508100)

Besides, he could afford to buy an *actual* country.

I remember Sealand from years ago... (2, Interesting)

Panaqqa (927615) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507282)

So it's for sale is it? I seem to recall at the time that their hopes hinged on making it a jurisdiction for legal gambling and other commerce that was heavily regulated in other jurisdictions. So now they want to try their hand at web hosting, do they? Interesting...

Re:I remember Sealand from years ago... (1, Informative)

Scarblac (122480) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507370)

So now they want to try their hand at web hosting, do they?

They tried their hand at web hosting years ago, during the original dot com boom. As the summary says, that's "in the past". The URL of the company providing it is http://havenco.com [havenco.com] . That site used to have pictures of their facilities on Sealand, seems all that's left now is a hosting company, not saying anything about where the physical location of their servers is.

Oops - egg on face dept... (1)

Panaqqa (927615) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507506)

Looks like I commented on the previous /. thread on Sealand - the interview with the HavenCo guy.

So they want 8 figures do they? $100 million plus seems like a lot for what is basically a 550 m^2 platform. (A square 77 feet on a side would be approximately this size).

Re:I remember Sealand from years ago... (1)

ebuck (585470) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508594)

Boats are cheaper. Take it out about 10 miles, and you should be in international waters. Sure, there's a risk involved, and pirates are not a thing of the past, but it's been effective as a gabling workaround wherever there's been a port for many, many years.

The Original Haven CO concept there was good (2, Insightful)

haplo21112 (184264) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507300)

However its hard to see it working out long term, otherwise it would actually be a decent way around the cyberspace annoyances. However the problem boils down to you have to get the bandwidth from somewhere. Most likely the UK due to its proximity. If you ISP is someplace with draconian IP laws then you always have the potential to be cut off.

Territorial Waters (5, Informative)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507322)

Sealand exists because in 1967, Britian's territorial waters extended only 3 miles out from the shore.

Therefore, they could legitimately claim the fort as theirs. If they had tried to do that after 1987... it wouldn't have worked, because the 3-mile limit was changed to 12 miles.

Re:Territorial Waters (1)

CmdrGravy (645153) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507398)

I'm not so how that would work since it was built in the first place by the British Government I would expect that they are still the owners it's just that its not worth them doing anything about the current squatters right now.

Re:Territorial Waters (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507550)

It was outside territorial waters at the time, and was occupied by the current owners who then declared it an independent state. When it was abandoned it probably belonged to nobody.

It's all a bit speculaative. It owes its sort-of-existence as a state to vagueness in international law about what makes a nation a nation.

Re:Territorial Waters (2, Funny)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507674)

Does that mean it will suffer the same fate as Pluto and become a Minor Nation?

Re:Territorial Waters (1)

eln (21727) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508206)

From what I understand, the British government abandoned it, so it fell under laws relating to salvaging abandoned vessels in open water (like shipwrecks). These laws basically amount to "finders, keepers."

Would the UK buy it back? (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507662)

Does anyone else see the UK government laying out the cash to take back Sealand? It'd be a quiet end to what may have been something of an embarassment to them over the years.

Re:Would the UK buy it back? (1)

quarterbrain (958359) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508398)

They aren't really selling the island. As a poster higher up in the thread said, they are selling tenancy. Essentially what you get for several million dollars is the authroity to run the island as it's prime authority. However the owners keep the property, they remain the "Royal Family", you must adhere to the constitution and laws already set, and must continue to run the island as it has been up until this point.

Essentially they're offering the unique opportunity for you to pay out the ass to do their administrative bullshit for them.

Rock.

excellent timing (0)

theMerovingian (722983) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507410)


Sealand could get some rather large offers, due to recent advances in the field of wireless power [slashdot.org] .

Sea people (0)

szembek (948327) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507414)

Eric Cartman unavailable for comment.

Re:Sea people - Insightful??? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17507716)

Okay, a "funny" mod is expected. But "insightful"? Jesus! Do Slashdot's mods even understand the definition of "insightful"?

insightful - Pronunciation[in-sahyt-fuhl] - adjective - exhibiting insight or clear and deep perception

insight - Pronunciation[in-sahyt] - noun - the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation

How the hell a joke about South Park is somehow modded as being perceptive shows that some people get far too many mod points than they should.

Uninterrupted sea views? (5, Informative)

Myrrlin (1006959) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507416)

Sealand is a bit of a running joke for the people of Harwich. I would contest their "uninterrupted sea views" as I'm fairly sure that the very brightly coloured (luminous yellow!) Hotel Continental situated on the cliffs of Harwich can be seen from it, hell... they can probably see it from Holland! It's also probably quite fire damaged at the moment having suffered a fire http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/5110244.stm [bbc.co.uk] last year, and not having its own fire brigade or hospital services had to make use of the British ones.

Re:Uninterrupted sea views? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17507472)

England is not visible from holland.

Re:Uninterrupted sea views? (1)

Myrrlin (1006959) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507602)

Come off it... let me have SOME hyperbole!

Re:Uninterrupted sea views? (1)

thetroll123 (744259) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508090)

>I would contest their "uninterrupted sea views" as I'm fairly sure that the very brightly coloured (luminous yellow!) Hotel Continental situated on the cliffs of Harwich can be seen from it,

In fairness, that's on the coast, so it doesn't interrupt the sea view - they can see all the sea there is in that direction, then some other stuff beyond.

If I was Mr. Burns, and he was real (-1, Offtopic)

Knutsi (959723) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507436)

....I'd buy it to dump nuclear waste. I doubt it has the strictest waste regulations in the world.

Re:If I was Mr. Burns, and he was real (1)

Slashcrap (869349) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508446)

....I'd buy it to dump nuclear waste. I doubt it has the strictest waste regulations in the world.

No, but as it only has room for about 3 barrels you're unlikely to make a great deal of money either.

Here's some pictures of your new "nation" :

http://www.bobleroi.co.uk/ScrapBook/SealandTwo/Rou ghsSealand.html [bobleroi.co.uk]

sealand is a crock (1, Interesting)

timmarhy (659436) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507458)

there's no land, it's a floating platform off the UK coast. it's as much a nation as my dingy is. it's squatted on by a bunch of inbreds who claim it's there's only because no one could be bothered with the useless floating hunk of junk. i think the brits are secretly hoping a storm will settle it for them. no doubt the current squatters are attempting to offload it an make a profit while they still can.

Re:sealand is a crock (1)

Alioth (221270) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507548)

I thought the concrete legs went down to the sea floor, rather than being a floating platform.

not to let facts get in the way (1, Informative)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507558)

but sealand is affixed to the sea floor, not floating.

Oblig. (3, Funny)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507462)

Hesh wants sex!

Re:Oblig. (1)

ebuck (585470) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508632)

You forgot to add the obligatory, ... or the cute little kitten 'Gets it!'

I'm open to the idea, as long as ... (5, Funny)

nastro (32421) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507466)

As long as the new owners don't change the current statutes on Monkey Knife-fighting, I don't see this as a problem.

I also hope they clear up the inconsistencies in the human-bovine marriage laws.

The Mods are on crack (1, Redundant)

gclef (96311) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507842)

Interesting?! Comments on human-bovine marriage laws get modded "Interesting"?! This explains so much about Slashdot.

Headquarters (5, Funny)

mulhollandj (807571) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507514)

Sounds like it would make a great superhero headquarters.

Re:Headquarters (3, Insightful)

carpe_noctem (457178) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507618)

...or supervillian headquarters.

Re:Headquarters (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17507816)

Peter Griffin: Just so you know we are out of cream puffs, and cheese-its.
Superman: (Smirk)
Peter Griffin: Just putting it out there, like 14 mile drive for me. Like 2 seconds for you.

Sealand is all but destroyed (4, Interesting)

javaDragon (187973) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507532)

According to Sealand's official website [sealandgov.org] , the platform sustained heavy damage by fire last summer. From the desperate tone of the account, I gather that Sealand might be very close to uninhabitable by now. That might explain the decision to sell it off, more than the old age of the founder.

Re:Sealand is all but destroyed (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17507738)

Alert Kevin Costner, he may get a chance to film that Waterworld sequel he's been dreaming about

Re:Sealand is all but destroyed (2, Informative)

Reziac (43301) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508032)

My impression from the before and after photos (see http://www.bobleroi.co.uk/ScrapBook/Sealand_Fire/S ealand_Fire.html [bobleroi.co.uk] ) is that the entire site was feeling its age and was in rather poor repair all around. It strikes me that the most cost-effective method over the long haul might be to scrape the platform down to the naked deck, and build a new facility from scratch. The existing remainder appears to be a maintenance nightmare in the making.

Re:Sealand is all but destroyed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17508362)

It's being renovated. [churchandeast.co.uk]

Cut price (1, Redundant)

LordSnooty (853791) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507540)

Get in now while it's cheap - it suffered a large fire [bbc.co.uk] last year. "Michael Bates, a member of the family which owns the fort, said damage to living accommodation was extensive".

Guns are the assembly code of politics. (4, Insightful)

Peter Trepan (572016) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507588)

Nations are sovereign only because they have enough firepower to keep other nations from claiming them. What does it matter what the laws of Sealand are, if you own it and you have no army? Is the army included, or do you have to put it together yourself?

Re:Guns are the assembly code of politics. (1)

Cctoide (923843) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507654)

If I recall correctly, they did open fire on a British vessel at least once. I think it was quite controversial at the time.

Re:Guns are the assembly code of politics. (2, Informative)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507672)

I really don't know what people are expecting out of this place. But bear in mind that the only reason that Britain leaves it alone is the fact that it's not worth the hassle. The second the place actually started to make money (or did something really illegal), you can bet that the taxman would be showing up. And he's probably be arriving on a Navy ship with a lot of big guns, just to make his position crystal clear.

-Eric

Re:Guns are the assembly code of politics. (4, Insightful)

Marcus Green (34723) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507776)

Yes is it only the 450 strong Luxembourg army and their enormous firepower that stops Belgium, France or Germany from relieving them of their soverignty (pick other examples to suit).

Re:Guns are the assembly code of politics. (1)

toganet (176363) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507858)

Thank you for making my point for me. I was ready to reply, as I have had this argument with a friend (usually in the context of Israel vs. Palestine) and he typically throws this definition of sovereignty out, along with a "conquest is ownership" argument as to why it would be ok to invade Mexico or Canada.

Willful ignorance of international law and diplomacy is frighteningly abundant in the US these days.

Re:Guns are the assembly code of politics. (1)

Jott42 (702470) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508070)

The problem is that if the invading country is big enough, and has enough military and economic power, you are still toast, regardless of what international rights do say. (Example: Tibet). As Zeeland has very few friends, and is not even a member of the UN, an "invasion" from GB will probably go unnoticed. But obviously this does not carry over to Canada: GB will probably have some issues with it getting invaded... And Canada has more friends in the UN.

Re:Guns are the assembly code of politics. (4, Insightful)

pla (258480) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508110)

Willful ignorance of international law and diplomacy is frighteningly abundant in the US these days.

You talk about "international law" as though it exists beyond fictional agreements between the big boys with the most guns.

As for the counterexample of neutral states, they just happen to benefit from those "let's not kill each other" agreements as a side effect; When wars spread across Europe, they have a long history of making relatively safe corridors through which to move troops to the real action.

As a simple example, tell Belgium how much better international treaties protected it than guns, when Germany invaded it in 1914 - Sure, the UK had an obligation to respond, but had the UK lost, see the GGP's argument about what actually defines "right" and "wrong" on the international scale.

Re:Guns are the assembly code of politics. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17508164)

Conquest IS ownership.

The only reason why the current crop of humans has even a shadow of doubt about this is because economies around the world have become well enough intertwined that the trade sanctions alone would be devestating to a rogue nation.

But even at that, conquest of a sovereign nations is still a possibility. The US recently invaded both Afghanistan and Iraq. The US presently occupies both countries. Do you believe that US interests don't have a solid hold on both nations? What do you see international law doing about it? Diplomacy?

Re:Guns are the assembly code of politics. (2, Interesting)

91degrees (207121) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508494)

I think it's more of an oversimplification than wrong. Canada could probably disband its entire military without threat from the US because the US has no interest in expanding its borders. In fact, it's conceivable that the US would protect Canada from any other potential invaders for no reason other than the US considering this to be the right thing to do. If South Korea disbanded its army then it would quickly become part of North Korea.

Cost/benefit ratio (1)

Peter Trepan (572016) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508172)

In terms of active troops per 1,000 citizens [wikipedia.org] , Luxembourg has a higher percentage of active military than China, India, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, or Canada. Any invading country would face a similar ratio of benefit vs. expenditure. I stand by my claim. You can't have a sovereign country without an appropriately sized army to back it up.

Re:Guns are the assembly code of politics. (2, Informative)

jfengel (409917) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508488)

And if Luxembourg became a thorn in the side of any of those countries, I suspect they'd find themselves invaded right quick. If Luxembourg were to start hosting child pornography or harboring criminals, its 450-strong army would be little comfort.

Whenever Sealand comes up on Slashdot, people talk about what a great off-site data center it would make. And it would, as long as its illegal activities didn't piss off the US too much. If the US decided that there was some truly crucial piece of evidence there that it needed that outweighed the international outrage, it would be there.

I'm pretty sure they'd end up getting permission from the Brits first, or more likely asking the Brits to do it themselves. In the end I suspect the attitude taken by both governments would be, "Look, your little play country was fun, but you've always been part of Britain and your independence was more a matter of being ignored."

Re:Guns are the assembly code of politics. (1)

Corporate Troll (537873) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508558)

Yeah, as a Luxembourgish citizen we make jokes ourselves about it. It is said that during the military parade on our national holiday, the same soldiers have to go around the block several times. (Note: they "extendend" that parade now to firefighters, and all kinds of not-really-military stuff.

Re:Guns are the assembly code of politics. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17507930)

Nations are sovereign only because they have enough firepower to keep other nations from claiming them.


This is exactly why Sealand needs nuclear weapons.

For sale AGAIN? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17507636)

This is very old news. The "kingdom" has been on sale off-again on-again for over 50 years. In any case, the government is not recognized by any other government, and is itself self-proclaimed.

  http://english-lyrics.com/ [english-lyrics.com]

Cheaper to invade. (5, Funny)

91degrees (207121) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507658)

I believe It's empty right now. Sail up there with a paper knife. occupy the terriroty. Kill all zero people who resist. Declare yourself the revolutionary government.

Of course, the declaration of what makes for statehood is a little arbitrary. So rather than go to the effort, I declare myself King of Antarctica.

Re:Cheaper to invade. (5, Funny)

ezzewezza (84083) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507932)

What the hell?

I look away for five seconds and someone steals Antarctica from me.

I'd watch your back if I were you, 91degrees!

Re:Cheaper to invade. (1)

Lord_Slepnir (585350) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508342)

Is the position for Emperor still available? If not, I'll settle for chancellor.

E Peterbus Unum (1)

sglewis100 (916818) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507670)

If I had a little more equity, I'd buy it and rename it Petoria..

Why not (1)

Konster (252488) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507846)

Why don't a group of Slashdotters invade this country and take it for themselves?

1. It would take no more then ten invaders, armed with nothing more than beer and a hamburger.
2. The person living there just wants to go home anyway.

Think of the possibilities!

Re:Why not (3, Informative)

vidarh (309115) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508080)

The last time they were "invaded" by armed people, they retook the platform with force and held the "invaders" hostage. They've also in the past shot the the British navy... So I do suspect you might need to be armed with a bit more than beer and a hamburger.

Re:Why not (1)

Konster (252488) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508260)

Ok...add to my list one copy of Ishtar and a photo of Paris Hilton.

Dr. Evil (1)

AnyThingButWindows (939158) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507928)

This would be the perfect layer for Dr. Evil. And it would only cost him... one hundred... million... dollars.

#2: Dr. Evil. While you were in space, we sighted an island off the coast of...
Dr. Evil: Is it an Evil Island?
#2: Yes. Very.
Dr. Evil: Go on.
#2: Off the coast of England. And for a small investment of...
Dr. Evil: Look at mini me, he is exited. Someone get the stick. Come mini me.
#2: uh uhm.
Dr. Evil: Go on.
#2: For a small investment of one hundred million dollars the Island can be ours.
Dr. Evil: I have a plan, and my evil plan is...
Dr. Evil: It can be our secret volcanic layer, where we can host porn! And when Austin Powers signs up. We will have his Credit Card number.
Dr. Evil: Whoooaoaaa, Whooooaaaaaa, HAHAHAHAHA.
Everyone: Whooaaaa, Whoaoaaa, HAHAHAHA.

Re:Dr. Evil (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17508616)

... layer? Oh dear, time to kill yourself.

the human temple (2, Funny)

sulfur_lad (964486) | more than 7 years ago | (#17507942)

Firstly, if they sold it (instead of just offering tennancy) would they have to call it "New Sealand?" Furthermore, is there a state-sanctioned religion? Do they celebrate festivus? I won't bid unless I get to pin the leader.

Sealand is awesome. It renews my desire to declare myself holy ground to avoid income tax.

Re:the human temple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17508204)

It renews my desire to declare myself holy ground to avoid income tax.
Serious damper on the whole Highlander thing.

"Land" is stretching it (3, Informative)

shirizaki (994008) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508050)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Sealand_fortres s.jpg [wikipedia.org]

More like "Seaplatform". though it doesn't have that ring to it.


If anyone is interested in it, move along. Not only is it in the middle of nowhere, you face invasion by several post - industrialized nations. You're better off buying an island in the keys. At least then you're lucky to have something called coconuts and White Sandy beaches.

Stating the obvious. (4, Insightful)

mumblestheclown (569987) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508246)

For far less than 65m you can build your own damn platform and anchor it in the channel or north sea.

I wonder if... (1)

Kris_B_04 (883011) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508248)

Mr. Roarke and Tattoo are saving up to start a whole new Fantasy "Island" ;)

I was at H2K2 when the folks from havenco spoke (1)

cybrthng (22291) | more than 7 years ago | (#17508498)

And they made it sound like life was rough out there but they were making bucks. At least i got a free perl book out of the conference :)
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