The Prince of Sealand is Dead, Long Live the Prince

Even though I don’t have the financial resources to participate in the micro-nation or sovereignty movements I’ve followed the attempts and developments with interest for several years.  This week those movements lost their most successful practitioner and one of the founding fathers monarchs; Prince Roy, born Paddy Roy Bates of The Principality of Sealand.  For his love of liberty, contributions to both the sovereignty and micro-nation movements and entrepreneurial spirit we induct Prince Roy into Prepography’s Virtual Wall of Honor.  The Prince of Sealand is Dead, Long Live the Prince (Roy’s son, Prince Michael).

We’ve mentioned Sealand briefly before in our article on another budding micro-nation but Sealand is both the most successful and the most micro of micro-nations…the history of Sealand is really Prince Roy’s story as well.

Before founding and becoming the Prince of Sealand on several abandoned World War II anti-aircraft platforms in the North Sea, Prince Roy had already

  • Fought in the Spanish Civil War as a volunteer at age 15 in the International Brigade
  • Fought his way throughAfrica, theMiddle EastandItalyin World War II
  • Survived a plane crash and being taken as a prisoner of war (POW) where he narrowly escaped execution by firing squad
  • Been promoted to Major in the British Army as an Infantry Officer
  • Numerous war wounds including a grenade explosion
  • Established and run several businesses
  • Founded a ‘Pirate’ Radio station named Radio Essex to broadcast Rock & Roll music to Great Britain during the years it was banned in the 1960’s


Tax the Rich to Avoid Social Unrest?

Britain which has seen an influx of wealthy European Union migrants in recent months who are fleeing excessive taxation on the continent (France has proposed up to a 75% rate) have found a way to welcome their wealthy, fellow Europeans…tax the rich!

As part of the global push to tax the rich, Britain is now debating an “emergency” wealth tax. But the idea has hit fierce opposition from conservatives, who say the “politics of envy” hasn’t made the country rich.

Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal-Democrat Party, has proposed a one-time tax on the wealth (rather than the incomes) of high-net-worth Britons. The details aren’t clear, but Clegg says the country is facing an economic war caused by a prolonged recession, and needs to tax the rich in order to avoid social unrest.

via ‘Emergency’ Tax on the Rich Roils Britain – U.S. Business News – CNBC.

A one time tax on wealth sounds remarkably like something else to me…at least a thief won’t tell you that he’s taking your hard earned assets for your own good. (more…)

Why Prep, Part 2 Historical & Current Examples

Note from Andrew: The complete Why Prep Series has now been consolidated HERE.

Last week in Why Prep, the Introduction we briefly discussed the fragility of the status quo and clarified that preparedness is not about getting ready for the ‘end of the world’… it’s about building the skills, resources and resilience to endure the transition periods following dramatic financial, environmental, societal or individual life changes.  If you haven’t read the introduction yet, I recommend that you read it before continuing by clicking on the hyperlink near the start of this paragraph..

Today we’re going to take a look at some current and historical situations and events that are/were much more survivable (financial and otherwise) for those that took the time to prepare.  For brevity’s sake I have chosen a small sampling of the historical examples available and have chosen not to include many areas of perpetual warfare (Cyprus, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Palestine/Israel, Northern Ireland, etc.).

Note:  The links included go to articles or preselected internet searches (to make results more timely) in case you’re interested in doing additional reading on that subject.  For convenience, these examples are listed by continent although many of the events/situations spanned multiple continents. (more…)

France Orders Every Driver to Carry Breathalyzer

If the requirement proves successful in France, some law enforcement officials in the United States said mandatory breathalyzers in cars could be taken for a spin here.

“If they were mandatory in every vehicle, the roads would be safer, there’s no doubt about that,” Capt. Ted Richardson, of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina

via France orders every driver to carry breathalyzer kits in their cars  – NY Daily News.

If the goal is to make roads safer why don’t we just make driving on them illegal…that’s the only way to make them truly safe (sarcasm intended).  Seriously folks, turns out that there are only two companies in France that make these breathalyzers and they were involved in lobbying for the new law.

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