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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 Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 11, 2012 @12:12PM (#41620679)

    He was the prince of a principality, yet required the care that British Healthcare provided. Reminds me of some Americans with Canadian dual-citizenship who come back to Canada to get Healthcare. If you don't pay taxes you shouldn't get anything. Citizenship is an obligation as much as it is a birthright.

    Revoking his citizenship could have put the British Gov't in the position that they were recognizing Sealand so they couldn't really do that...

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