World’s Smallest Nation
So what is the smallest nation in the world? Vatican City? Naahh, theres a smaller country you may seems so stupid to even exist, but it exist.
Principality of Sealand is located in the North Sea of Europe where a family lives and recognises themselves as an independent nation. To think Family Guy’s Petoria is quite weird enough.
In August 1978, while Bates and his wife were in Austria, Alexander Achenbach, who describes himself as the Prime Minister of Sealand, hired several German and Dutch mercenaries to spearhead an attack of Roughs Tower.
They stormed the tower with speedboat
s and helicopters
, and took Bates’ son hostage. Bates was able to retake the tower and capture Achenbach and the mercenaries. Achenbach, a German lawyer who held a Sealand passport, was charged with treason
against Sealand and was held unless he paid DM
75,000 (more than US$ 35,000 or £23,000). The governments of the Netherlands, Austria and Germany petitioned the British government for his release, but the United Kingdom disavowed his imprisonment, citing the 1968 court decision. Germany then sent a diplomat from its London embassy to Roughs Tower to negotiate for Achenbach’s release. Roy Bates relented after several weeks of negotiations and subsequently claimed that the diplomat’s visit constituted de facto
recognition of Sealand by Germany.
Following his repatriation, Achenbach and Gernot Putz established a “government in exile“, sometimes known as the Sealand Rebel Government, or Sealandic Rebel Government, in Germany, Aschenbach’s appointed successor, Johannes Seiger, continues to claim via his website that he is Sealand’s legitimate ruling authority.
Sealandic coins, from left to right: Half Dollar, Silver One Dollar and Quarter Dollar
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