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Dec 22, 2010

Sealand (Kingdom): The smallest island in the world

Kingdom of Sealand is an island and is located in Fort HM micronation roughs a former Maunsell Sea Fort located in the North Sea 10 km (six miles) off the coast of Suffolk, England, in what is claimed as territorial waters using a twelve-nautical-miles radius.

From the year 1967, the installation has been occupied by associates and family of Paddy Roy Bates, a former radio broadcaster and former British Army Major, who claims that it is a sovereign and independent state. Critics, as well as court decisions in the United States and in Germany, has stated that the Tower roughs always remain a British, a view disputed by the Bates family. The population of the facility rarely exceeds ten, and the habitable area is 550 m2 (5920 sq ft).

Sealand claims to sovereignty and legitimacy are not recognized by any country, but is sometimes cited in debates as an interesting case study of how various principles of international law applicable to the territorial dispute.


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