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Interview :: International : Politics : Technology
Sealand: Start Your Own Sovereign Nation
15 Dec 2006
The Principality of Sealand is a micronation that claims as its territory a man-made off-shore installation named Roughs Tower/HM Fort Roughs, a former Maunsell Sea Fort located in the North Sea 10 km (six miles) off the coast of Suffolk, England. Sealand's claims to sovereignty and legitimacy are not recognized by any country, yet it is sometimes cited in debates as a case study of how various principles of international law can be applied to a territorial dispute.
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Interview with H. Geoffrey Withers, Principal Secretary of Sealand.

We discuss the history of the Principality of Sealand; Prince Roy's previous business ventures; the invasion of Sealand and the kidnapping Prince Roy's son Michael and the recapturing of the island; how Withers came to Sealand; a tour of Sealand's fascilities; Sealand's current population; travel; how HavenCo and Sealand Web began; the data storage services HavenCo offers; Sealand laws; dealing with spam, child pornography and those who would exploit "backdoors"/security; how 9/11 has effected U.S. relations with Sealand; how to become a Sealand lord, lady, baron or baroness; the priviledges of the titles endow; the recent fire at Sealand; what he considers the biggest threat to the free exchange on infromation in the online world.
Featured song is "I Thought" by Kaleo Futuristo.


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