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Prince of Sealand Dies At 91 218

Posted by timothy
from the interesting-character-fades-from-view dept.
jdavidb writes "46 years ago, occupying an abandoned WWII platform off the coast of Britain, Paddy Roy Bates declared independence, naming himself Prince of the Principality of Sealand. Today, Bates has passed away at 91. Long time Slashdot readers will remember Sealand as the site of HavenCo, an unsuccessful data warehousing company that tried to operate from Sealand outside the reach of larger nations' legal structures. They may also remember plans that the Pirate Bay had at one time to buy Sealand. Bates had moved to a care home a few years ago, naming his son Michael Regent of Sealand."
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Prince of Sealand Dies At 91

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  • by DangerOnTheRanger (2373156) on Thursday October 11, 2012 @12:18PM (#41620199) Homepage Journal
    ...rudderless.
  • Odd name (Score:2, Funny)

    by superdave80 (1226592)

    ...naming his son Michael Regent of Sealand

    Kind of an odd name. His middle name is Regent? And can you change the name of your son once he is an adult? Weird.

    • by Sulphur (1548251)

      ...naming his son Michael Regent of Sealand

      Kind of an odd name. His middle name is Regent? And can you change the name of your son once he is an adult? Weird.

      Now he is Michael King of Sealand.

      The commemorative coins will be minted shortly.

  • shame (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 11, 2012 @12:24PM (#41620237)

    Spare a thought for master bates

  • So many Americans think they are helpless against the size fo the government....

  • by tgeller (10260) on Thursday October 11, 2012 @02:45PM (#41621687) Homepage
    I met Prince (Regent?) Michael years ago, during the dotcom boom, when HavenCo was still on Sealand. He was in San Francisco to meet with techie folks, and we all had sushi together. He struck me as a good, knowledgeable, fair fellow.

    I wish him the best and offer my counsel (for what it's worth) in the service of Sealand.
  • by fm6 (162816) on Thursday October 11, 2012 @04:31PM (#41623079) Homepage Journal

    I myself am the Earl of Buckman [wikipedia.org]. I haven't gotten round to dreaming a BS legal theory to justify this title, but does that really matter?

    And then there's the well-known Duke of Santa Monica? Never heard of him? Really? Surely you've heard of the Santa Monica Peer!

  • After reading the Haven Co press release they put out towards the end, I got the distinct impression that the whole SeaLand thing was a complete fraud. Did we ever figure out if SeaLand is actually a country, or not?
  • The hypocrisy of the people praising the idea of a hereditary monarch with absolute power being some sort of protector or haven for human rights.

    I guess it fits into the mythos of the "wise, benevolent leader who will not screw you over later because they're too nice".

I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky

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