Become a member of this royal family for the low, low price of $320.

E Mare Libertas, people.

“From the Sea, Freedom” does seem a fitting motto for the royals of the Principality of Sealand, the tiny island nation/”floating, rusty former WWII fort” in the North Sea:

“The story of Sealand dates back to the 1960s, when a former British Army major named Paddy Roy Bates took control of a small outpost in the North Sea, three miles from the mainland’s coast. Bates’s intention was to turn it into a pirate radio broadcasting station to circumvent England’s restrictive regulations. But he was kicked out, and ended up finding Sealand, a former sea fort run by the British Navy during WWII that had been abandoned for 11 years and was out of the U.K.’s waters. Instead of broadcasting from this new station, he announced plans to form a sovereign nation. According to Bates’s lawyer, the platform’s location in international waters and abandonment by the U.K. made it up for grabs.”

Sadly, it’s no dice on the international recognition-front, but that hasn’t stopped these scrappy sovereigns. In fact, they’re a growing brand:

“…interested potential Sealanders are now even able to join the royal family for a $320 fee. (That buys a “Count/Countess Title Pack,” which includes stamps and e-mail addresses. Lesser fees buys you a baron or baroness title or lord or ladyship.)”

Doonesbury fans will remember what kinds of doors a royal title opened for the Viscount St. Austell-in-the-Moor Biggleswade-Brixham. Peerage is so the ultimate in resume-padding. Something to keep in mind as internship/grad school application season approaches. Act now, operators are standing by…

Via, The Daily Beast

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