Sealand was founded as a sovereign Principality in 1967 in international waters, six miles off the eastern shores of Britain.

The History

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During World War II, the United Kingdom decided to establish a number of military bases, the purpose of which was to defend England against German air raids. These sea forts housed enough troops to man and maintain artillery designed to shoot down German aircraft and missiles. They were situated along the east coast of England on the edge of the English territorial waters. One of these bases, consisting of concrete and steel construction, was the famous royal

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The Principality of Sealand

Located on the military fortress of Rough Tower, Sealand is the smallest country in international waters. The country‘s national motto is "From the Sea, Freedom" (E Mare Libertas), reflecting its continuing struggle for liberty through the years.

Sealand has been an independent sovereign state since 1967. The Bates family governs the small state as hereditary royal rulers, each member with his own royal title.

Sealand has its own constitution, composed of a preamble and seven articles. The state’s constitution deals with several matters, including its status as a constitutional monarchy. While Sealand follows its own constitution, its legal system supposedly still adheres to British common law.

People can show support for Sealand by purchasing noble titles and becoming a lord or a lady. Sealand also sells ID cards and a piece of land on the principality to help sustain its independence for the years to come. Other official Sealand products are also available for sale on this website. See shop

For more information on how to become a lady or a lord, send an email to We'll be more than glad to answer questions about purchasing a title from the Principality of Sealand.

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