Many readers of Fake Titles have specially requested me to include details about Sealand, the so-called Principality that is offering through eBay the opportunity to buy the titles of Baron or Baroness of Sealand.
However, it might be interesting to view the information about Sealand in Wikipedia, where it states that:
“The Principality of Sealand is a micronation (a self-declared but unrecognized state-like entity) that claims as its territory Roughs Tower, a former Maunsell Sea Fort located in the North Sea 10 km (six miles) off the coast of Suffolk, England, at 51°53′40″N, 1°28′57″E, as well as territorial waters in a twelve-nautical-mile radius. Sealand is occupied by the family and associates of Paddy Roy Bates. The population of the facility rarely exceeds five, and its inhabitable area is 550 m².
Although Sealand’s claims to sovereignty and legitimacy are not recognized by any country, it is probably the world’s best-known micronation, and is sometimes cited in debates as an interesting case study of how various principles of international law can be applied to a territorial dispute.”
You might find that the promises to those tempted to buy one of their ‘titles’ sound somewhat familiar:
“Do you sometimes get the feeling you were destined for greatness? Would you like people to give you a little more respect? How would you like to join the ranks of the privileged few?
No longer do you have to be content being Mr. or Mrs. Average. Now, you can join the silver spoon club without resorting to marriage or inheritance. Yes – you can now become an official Baron or Baroness of Sealand.
Our special pack entitles you to become a Baron or Baroness which will give your social status a bit of clout.
Approved by Prince Michael of Sealand
So Isn’t It Time To Make Your Friends and Family Jealous?
Use it to ensure you get treated like a VIP
Capture the chances that would have otherwise slips through your grasp
Get invited to all the important parties
Gets you instantly noticed and gains you respect and the credibility you may not have had in the past.
Impress the bank manager, or someone you are fond of
It can open doors you never thought would open for you.
Get upgraded on flights
Enjoy the highlife – you deserve it”
Still thinking that it is a good idea? How would you feel if you turned up at a party and found that there were two other couples, also calling themselves Baron and Baroness of Sealand – then it might not feel quite so exclusive after all.
And, when you take into account the fact that Sealand is not actually recognised by any nation, possibly you might consider that it is better to save your money instead.