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Sealand was founded as a sovereign Principality in 1967 in international waters, six miles off the eastern shores of Britain. The island fortress is conveniently situated from 65 to 100 miles from the coasts of France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.
Roy Bates proclaimed the island his own state. Claiming jus gentium, he bestowed upon himself the title of Prince and the title of Princess to his wife and subsequently made the state the Principality of Sealand. Roy Bates, henceforth Roy of Sealand, exerted state authority on the island and thus was an absolute sovereign. The royal family and other persons that have declared loyalty to Sealand have occupied Sealand ever since.
Aren't you just trying to undermine the authority of the world's major governments by making business easier for child pornographers and money launderers?
No. We believe strongly in unfettered individual freedom, particularly in the area of electronic communications that the G8 and specifically France have recently come out against in their 13 May closed-door meetings. Free communication can never be a crime, and by itself can never hurt anyone. Criminal acts should be pursued at the point where the act takes place, not on the common carriers that enable all individuals to do business freely, such as telephone and Internet infrastructure providers, road and transportation departments and even water and power companies for providing these essential services. The fact that public roads may be used to transport stolen goods does not justify a stop and search of vehicles at every corner.