The island Essex Boy is referring to is Sealand.
The Principality of Sealand is a micronation located on HM Fort Roughs, a former World War II Maunsell Sea Fort in the North Sea 10 km (six miles) off the coast of Suffolk, England.
Since 1967, the facility has been occupied by former radio broadcaster British Army Major Paddy Roy Bates; his associates and family claim that it is an independent sovereign state. External commentators generally classify Sealand as a micronation. It has been described as the world's best-known micronation. Sealand is not recognised as a sovereign state by any United Nations member. The United Kingdom has always asserted that Roughs Tower has always remained under its the island off Australia - I´ve got no idea.Answer 2
Are you sure you're not thinking of Hutt River Province?
Principality of Hutt River.
The Principality of Hutt River is situated 595 km north of Perth, Western Australia and is about 75 square km in area, consisting of some 18,500 acres of land.
Hutt River is an Independent Sovereign State having seceded from Australia on the Twenty First Day of April 1970 and is of comparable size to Hong Kong (not the New Territories).
The Principality consists of undulating farmland well covered in places with a wealth of shrubs and glorious wildflowers.
H.R.H. Prince Leonard, a keen supporter of both the Arts and Conservation, has named parts of the Principality with such identities as Lake Beginning, Mount Secession, Lake Serenity and Wild Boar Gorge. His town site, Nain, has been developed with many buildings to provide facilities for the tourists who visit in their thousands each year.
These facilities include The Administration Building containing the Government Office and Post Office, Tea Rooms with Swimming Pool and a charming Inter-Denominational Chapel as well as the arcade housing the Memorabilia Dept. and Historical Society displays.
It is perhaps of interest to note, that Western Australia was actually never proclaimed by Captain Stirling as British Territory, as was required of him under his Letter Patent.
He only Proclaimed a Settlement (the Swan Settlement) in Western Australia.Answer 3
The only 'independent' country within Australia is The Hutt River Principality (see below). I believe all legal loopholes were closed by the govt in the 70s, so I doubt if there can ever be Answer 4
there was a program on bbc a while back about a guy that bought an old military fort that is an island, which is classed as a country and he's a king! can't remember what it was called though, but the island is just of the coast of essexAnswer 5
there was a show on 6o minutes years ago about a guy who own some land in s.a. and had some how made it a different country.sorry can't help any more than that Answer 6
More than one actually, the Hutt River Province in WA is an indepedant state as wellAnswer 7
He is rich,and doesn'r want people bothering him, thats what he told me yesterday.Answer 8
sounds like someone i would like to meet, wonder if need a separate passport and currencyAnswer 9
i expect he does...
what a cool guy :P