Michael, the prince of the smallest state in the world

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Neverland. An unrecognized state. Yet, Sealand mints currency, prints stamps, issues passports, grants noble titles (that of baron to singer Ed Sheeran) and has been holding out for 52 years now (and until a few years ago also had a national football team), about 7 miles off Sussex, England. HavenCo, The Pirate Bay, Wikileaks wanted to base their servers on it, but it didn’t work.

Stasera, at 6pm, at Galata Museo del Mare in Genoa, Prince Regent Michael Bates (in the photo above), guest of Incontri in Blu, will tell you why.

Accounts the curator of the cycle of meetings Fabio Pozzo in La Stampa: “A utopia, an island that does not exist. It was founded by a former major of the British Army and entrepreneur, by Michael’s father, Paddy Roy Bates, on 2 September 1967. Bates hoisted the white and blue flag on a former military platform that he had occupied and defended with weapons some time before, located 7 miles from the southeast coast of England (then in international waters), in front of the port of Felixstowe.

He proclaimed himself prince and made his wife, former model Joan Collins, his princess. Since then, Sealand’s history has lived through storms and waves, assaults of coup d’état and failed deals with hackers, dreams and devastating fires, always keeping faith with the motto “E mare, libertas” (From the sea, freedom)”. Now the family tradition is carried on by Michael Roy Bates, also known as Prince Michael of Sealand. He has claimed the title of “Prince of Sealand” since 2012.

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