You have to give it to the internet pirates who run The Pirate Bay (a web hub for torrent files), for they are currently looking into buying the micro-nation known as Sealand that sits off the coast of England. From their official website:
“Recently it was made clear that this country is for sale. To make sure the owners will be kopimistic and that the country won’t be governed by people that do not care about its future, we have come up with a plan.
With the help of all the kopimists on Internets, we want to buy Sealand. Donate money and you will become a citizen.
We’ve set up a forum to discuss how the country is supposed to function.
— It should be a great place for everybody. With high-speed Internets access, no copyright laws and vip accounts to The Pirate Bay, press officer of ACFI says.
Register and let us write history together.”
It sounds so out there, and so bizarre, even I contributed a few dollars to the project. I wouldn’t mind having a Sealand passport either.
They have mentioned that if they can not raise the 20+ million needed to buy the country, they will look to invest in another micro-nation or plot of land with which to further their cause.
30 years ago, radical Marxists and egalitarians were trying to gain control of nations and governments across the globe. Now, a much nerdier (and more interesting) group of revolutionaries seems to have emerged…