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Sealand is an abandoned World War
II anti-aircraft platform in the Thames Estuary. It is just outside Great
Britain's 3-mile territorial water limit.
In 1967, it was occupied by a British businessman, Roy Bates, and his family. He proclaimed himself Prince Roy and the platform to be the Principality of Sealand.
The British Home Office (Interior Ministry) issued a statement saying that in the British government's view Sealand remains British territory.