Anyone want to buy a country?


Curiosity
#1
news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070108/...ukoe_uk_island (external - login to view)

Woo hoo the professional gambling casino crowd would love it....

World's smallest country up for sale
By Paul Majendie Mon Jan 8, 1:58 PM ET


LONDON (Reuters) - For sale: the world's smallest country with its own flag, stamps, currency and passports.

Apply to Prince Michael of Sealand if you want to run your own storm-tossed nation -- even if it is just a wartime fort perched on two concrete towers in the North Sea.
Built in World War Two as an anti-aircraft base against German bombers, the derelict platform was taken over 40 years ago by retired army major Paddy Roy Bates who went to live there with his family.
He declared the platform, perched seven miles off the east coast of England just outside Britain's territorial waters, to be the principality of Sealand.
The self-styled Prince Roy adopted a flag, chose a national anthem and minted silver and gold coins as its currency.
The family saw off an attempt by the Royal Navy to evict them and also an attempt in 1978 by a group of German and Dutch businessmen to seize Sealand by force.
"I was held prisoner out there for three or four days and then managed to get back to England," Roy's son Michael told BBC Radio on Monday.
"I slid down a rope out of a helicopter with my father and a couple of comrades and took the place back against armed opposition. It was quite a high point in my life," he said.
Prince Michael, whose 85-year-old father now lives in Spain, said his family had been approached by estate agents with clients "who wanted a bit more than a bit of real estate, they wanted autonomy."
Asked what were the delights of living on Sealand, the 54-year-old prince said "The neighbours are very quiet. There is a good sea view."
"There is no jurisdiction by any other country in the world," he said, suggesting it could be a base for online gambling or offshore banking.
Calling it a cross between a house and a ship, the prince acknowledged it was not the world's most picturesque country, boasting as it does two large concrete towers with eight rooms in each tower.
"It is fairly bleak," he conceded. ""But it is quite pleasant sitting inside in the warm and watching the horrendous weather roaring past the double-glazed windows."
So what did he expect to get for Sealand?
"We shall see," Prince Michael said. "I will listen to anybody who wants to talk."
 
mapleleafgirl
#2
Quote: Originally Posted by CuriosityView Post

news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070108/...ukoe_uk_island (external - login to view)

Woo hoo the professional gambling casino crowd would love it....

World's smallest country up for sale
By Paul Majendie Mon Jan 8, 1:58 PM ET


LONDON (Reuters) - For sale: the world's smallest country with its own flag, stamps, currency and passports.

Apply to Prince Michael of Sealand if you want to run your own storm-tossed nation -- even if it is just a wartime fort perched on two concrete towers in the North Sea.
Built in World War Two as an anti-aircraft base against German bombers, the derelict platform was taken over 40 years ago by retired army major Paddy Roy Bates who went to live there with his family.
He declared the platform, perched seven miles off the east coast of England just outside Britain's territorial waters, to be the principality of Sealand.
The self-styled Prince Roy adopted a flag, chose a national anthem and minted silver and gold coins as its currency.
The family saw off an attempt by the Royal Navy to evict them and also an attempt in 1978 by a group of German and Dutch businessmen to seize Sealand by force.
"I was held prisoner out there for three or four days and then managed to get back to England," Roy's son Michael told BBC Radio on Monday.
"I slid down a rope out of a helicopter with my father and a couple of comrades and took the place back against armed opposition. It was quite a high point in my life," he said.
Prince Michael, whose 85-year-old father now lives in Spain, said his family had been approached by estate agents with clients "who wanted a bit more than a bit of real estate, they wanted autonomy."
Asked what were the delights of living on Sealand, the 54-year-old prince said "The neighbours are very quiet. There is a good sea view."
"There is no jurisdiction by any other country in the world," he said, suggesting it could be a base for online gambling or offshore banking.
Calling it a cross between a house and a ship, the prince acknowledged it was not the world's most picturesque country, boasting as it does two large concrete towers with eight rooms in each tower.
"It is fairly bleak," he conceded. ""But it is quite pleasant sitting inside in the warm and watching the horrendous weather roaring past the double-glazed windows."
So what did he expect to get for Sealand?
"We shall see," Prince Michael said. "I will listen to anybody who wants to talk."

id rather buy ontario. than id make it its own country and declare war on quebec and alberta
 
Curiosity
#3
Mapleleafgirl

Feisty this morning eh? lol
 
sanctus
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by mapleleafgirlView Post

id rather buy ontario. than id make it its own country and declare war on quebec and alberta


Quebec I'd see, given their press the past year. But MLG, why would you declare war on Alberta!!
 
eh1eh
#5
I think you should annex Alberta MLG!
 
hermanntrude
#6
as a new albertan i feel i should stand up for my province. problem is i'm too dumb to know how
 
mapleleafgirl
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by eh1ehView Post

I think you should annex Alberta MLG!

no way. we lived in calgary when i was 8 until 11 and i hated the city. it was so cold in the winter and the people are so stuck on themselves. i was glad we moved back to ontario cos that is the real canada for me.maybe we could just give it all back to the english or hudsons bay or whatever. thatd teach people in alberta a lesson to be part of that evil empire again
 
Curiosity
#8
MGG

Funny you should write that bit about the people in Calgary - I've always felt they had a "snot factor" going for themselves - like they are either desperately insecure or actually think they have something better than the rest of the world..... or not thawed out from the last winter....

Glad there is someone else who picked up on it.... I have tons of relatives in that city and I dread having he most strained conversations with them....no matter what is offered.....they have a one-up story to tell.

I don't drink but I have come close a couple of times while spending "family gatherings with these strange folk".... I thought it was just my family hehe...
 
hermanntrude
#9
hmm is it the same for edmontonians do u think?

I havent spoken to anyone since i got here
 
L Gilbert
#10
Personally, I'd rather see all the provinces fire Ottawa rather than spat with each other.
 
L Gilbert
#11
Um, I liked Cowtown and hated Edmonchuk. Easy getting around cowtown. Edmonchuk is a nightmare.
 
hermanntrude
#12
surely any town with the roads all numbered is easy. admittedly the one way bridges are a little awkward but not a prob with a map. you should try london if u want a nightmare. Or birmingham... probably worse
 

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