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Tiny North Sea Nation for Sale


It is the perfect gift for someone who has everything - an entire nation complete with its own flag, stamps, currency, and passport.

The tiny North Sea "country" of Sealand is for sale by its self-styled Prince Roy. Britain created the artificial island of steel and concrete during World War II, 11 kilometers off the coast, to protect the mouth of the Thames River.

Britain abandoned the once-fortified platform in 1967, and retired army Major Paddy Roy Bates took it over and declared it the nation of Sealand.

The two concrete towers of the artificial island each have eight rooms. Prince Roy's son, Michael, says the neighbors are very quiet and the rooms have a good sea view.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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