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Dude fights in the Spanish Civil War and WWII, and then formed his own principality out of an old fort off the eastern coast of England. England let him be, so now you can become a Count/Countess or Lord/Lady of Sealand.

Forget the guy in the commercials; this was The World’s Most Interesting Man.

When I was a kid my grandmother had the biggest garden in our inner-city neighborhood. Her house wasn't crammed against the house next door like others in the neighborhood because when she and Grandpa purchased the property in the 1940s, they were able to acquire the vacant lot next to it. The vacant lot was turned into a flower and vegetable garden.

Sometimes when Gram had a stepladder sitting in the yard just next to the back patio, I would climb to the top and sit, pretending I was a king and the stepladder was my "throne". Gram's garden was my little "kingdom".

That's what this Sealand story sounds like to me.
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