Last week we marked 54 years since the birth of Sealand.
Our Independence Day celebrations were notably low key this year, with the majority of Sealanders remaining in their native countries as our ongoing battle to remain one of the only countries in the world to report zero COVID cases continues.
We caught up with Prince Michael for his thoughts on Sealand reaching 54:
“When we raised the flag for the first time, I was barely 15 years old. If you had told me then of the adventures we would have, and the journey we would go on, I would have felt immensely proud and excited, but I probably wouldn’t have believed you!”
What does the next 54 years have in store for Sealand?
“My two sons, James and Liam are ever more involved in the day to day running of the Principality. They have some great ideas as to how to keep Sealand alive and relevant in the coming years. A lot of this centres around digital initiatives, such as crypto and blockchain technology, which is pretty exciting when you think of how it could connect Sealand to the world. I’d also love to see the Sealand fortress expanded upon, as this would really make waves and realise some more of our potential”.
Finally, how have you managed to maintain zero COVID cases?
“We researched as much as we could, and listened to the advice from other governments around the world, but of course we are in a unique situation in which it’s relatively easy to control our borders. I couldn’t sit here and tell you that our measures are 100% the reason for zero cases, as there is no magic formula to guarantee that you can keep the virus away. In the end, it comes down to minimising risks, being practical and alert but above all respecting the health of others”.
Comment below with what you would like to see from The Principality of Sealand in the next 54 years.