1 talking about this. [55] Sealand played the second game in their history against Chagos Islands on 5 May 2012, losing 3–1. [5], In 1968, British workmen entered what Bates claimed to be his territorial waters to service a navigational buoy near the platform. Merit. Since 1967, the decommissioned Roughs Tower has been occupied and claimed as a sovereign state by the family and associates of Paddy Roy Bates. Free Republic of Liberland has seen potential in identity validation and wants to offer this service to the private sector. [11] There were thought to have been about 150,000 in circulation. Royal visited the platform before the swim, getting his passport stamped. Roy Bates relented after several weeks of negotiations and subsequently claimed that the diplomat's visit constituted de facto recognition of Sealand by Germany. Liberland Currency . Vit Jedlicka, settled the country on this territory and has established Bitcoin as the national currency. [50] Also in 2007, Michael Martelle represented the Principality of Sealand in the World Cup of Kung Fu, held in Quebec City, Canada; bearing the designation of Athleta Principalitas Bellatorius (Principal Martial Arts Athlete and Champion), Martelle won two silver medals, becoming the first-ever Sealand athlete to appear on a world championship podium. Can Blockchain Help Enterprises Navigate GDPR Headaches? The President of tiny 'Liberland' created on 'unwanted' Serbian ground says he has not been able to enter the area for a year - because of threats by Croatia. [32], While Sealand has been described as the world's smallest country,[33][34] Sealand is not officially recognised by any established sovereign state in spite of Sealand's government's claim that it has been de facto recognised by the United Kingdom[15][non-primary source needed][conflicted source] and Germany. Roughs Tower was occupied in February and August 1965 by Jack Moore and his daughter Jane, squatting on behalf of the pirate station Wonderful Radio London. The Liberland merit is the currency of Liberland. This is the official Facebook page of the Free Republic of Liberland, a new libertarian country located on the Danube River. The government of Liberland is soon going to issue its own electronic crypto currency token the name of which shall be ‘Merit’. [11] In 1987, the United Kingdom extended its territorial waters to 12 nautical miles. [18], On the afternoon of 23 June 2006, the top platform of the Roughs Tower caught fire due to an electrical fault. right. For the incoming payments through the payment gateway, Liberland has been successfully using Materna services. [51], In 2008, Sealand hosted a skateboarding event with Church and East sponsored by Red Bull. Sealand has been involved in several commercial operations, including the issuing of coins and postage stamps and the establishment of an offshore Internet hosting facility, or "data haven". [22][24][25], Roy Bates died at the age of 91 on 9 October 2012; he had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for several years. Roy Bates styled himself as "Prince Roy" and his wife "Princess Joan". [42] Sealand's motto is E Mare Libertas (From the Sea, Freedom). Visit our, Bitcoin & cryptocurrency news today, price & technical analysis. One of the vital factors in the development and running of any country is a form of currency. It looks like you have put some effort into comprehension of Liberland's modern financial system, but I question Bitcoin to be a number one for Liberland. Michael was able to retake Sealand and capture Achenbach and the mercenaries using weapons stashed on the platform. Could you be next big winner? Liberland Merits are basically tokens, but they have multiple uses. [11][35] The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, in force since 1994, states: "Artificial islands, installations and structures do not possess the status of islands. [57], On 22 May 2013, the mountaineer Kenton Cool placed a Sealand flag at the summit of Mount Everest. All interested in becoming Liberland citizens can visit the country’s homepage to retrieve the requested information. [44][45], In 2000, worldwide publicity was created about Sealand following the establishment of a new entity called HavenCo, a data haven, which effectively took control of Roughs Tower itself. They were even reported to have sold 4,000 fake Sealandic passports to Hong Kong citizens for an estimated $1,000 each. I am Niklas Nikolajsen, President of the Liberland Settlement Association. And Liberland is welcoming anyone to apply to become a citizen who has respect for all people, a libertarian philosophy, and no criminal history. Irrespective of its legal status, Sealand is managed by the Bates family as if it were a recognised sovereign entity and they are its hereditary royal rulers. People who have made donations of the public funds of Liberland have been rewarded with Merit crypto currency. In 2004 the national team played its first international game against Åland Islands national football team, drawing 2–2. It was therefore terra nullius, a no man’s land, until Vít Jedlička seized the opportunity and on 13 April 2015 formed a new state in this territory. The state has two Vice Presidents and 5 Ministers. [1][non-primary source needed][conflicted source]. Their son is known as "His Royal Highness Prince Michael" and has been referred to as the "Prince regent" by the Bates family since 1999. 177 likes. The country is looking into its own cryptocurrency — along the lines of Bitcoin — to use as a currency. We cover BTC news related to bitcoin exchanges, bitcoin mining and price forecasts for various cryptocurrencies. Sealand's legal system is claimed to follow British common law, and statutes take the form of decrees enacted by the sovereign. Liberland uses cryptocurrency. Roughs Tower is a Maunsell Sea Fort that was built by the British during World War II. [12] They stormed the platform with speedboats, Jet Skis and helicopters, and took Bates's son Michael hostage. Lonseston planned to build the world’s largest local Bitcoin-based economy in the city, with support from local businesses and even government. [20], In January 2007, The Pirate Bay, an online index of digital content of entertainment media and software founded by the Swedish think tank Piratbyrån, attempted to purchase Sealand after harsher copyright measures in Sweden forced them to look for a base of operations elsewhere. Search the world's information, including webpages, images, videos and more. "[36], Sealand's claim to be an independent sovereign state is based on an interpretation of a 1968 decision of an English court, in which it was held that Roughs Tower was in international waters and thus outside the jurisdiction of the domestic courts. Liberland is a newly established nation located on the banks of the Danube River between the borders of Croatia and Serbia. In 2005, the anthem was recorded by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra and released on their CD National Anthems of the World, Vol. Sealand is now in British territorial waters. [40][non-primary source needed][conflicted source] Sealand has issued "fantasy passports" (as termed by the Council of the European Union), which are not valid for international travel,[41] and holds the Guinness World Record for "the smallest area to lay claim to nation status". Le Tchèque Vit Jedlicka a proclamé un nouvel Etat européen, le Liberland, un territoire de sept kilomètres carrés entre la Serbie et la Croatie. It consisted of a floating pontoon base with a superstructure of two hollow towers joined by a deck upon which other structures could be added. ... Sam Houston attempted to restore the negotiable note system under the name of "exchequer bills." Liberland’s Own Cryptocurrency – Merit. [14] The United Kingdom is one of 165 parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (in force since 1994), which states in Part V, Article 60, that "Artificial islands, installations and structures do not possess the status of islands. [62][non-primary source needed] Royal was subsequently awarded a Sealand Knighthood by Prince Michael.[63]. Currency. Liberland is a constitutional republic with elements of direct democracy. Dispute with. NewsBTC is a cryptocurrency news service that covers bitcoin news today, technical analysis & forecasts for bitcoin price and other altcoins. The Principality of Sealand (/ˈsiːˌlænd/) is a micronation that claims HM Fort Roughs (also known as Roughs Tower), an offshore platform in the North Sea approximately 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) off the coast of Suffolk, as its territory. [3] The facility was occupied by 150–300 Royal Navy personnel throughout World War II; the last full-time personnel left in 1956. [56], In 2009 and 2010, Sealand sent teams to play in various ultimate club tournaments in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Netherlands. “We are using existing crypto from the very beginning. Goran Vojković, professor of law and columnist from the Croatian news portal Index.hr, described Liberland as a "circus which threatens Croatian territory", and argued that there was a risk that Croatia's claim to control land on the other side of the Danube may be weakened by the attention that the Liberland project has drawn to the border dispute. 7: Qatar – Syria. [15][conflicted source] This was due to the realisation that an international money laundering ring had appeared, using the sale of fake Sealand passports to finance drug trafficking and money laundering from Russia and Iraq. Vit Jedlička , the President of Liberland, a small self-proclaimed microstate on a patch of land between Croatia and Serbia, is looking to use a new cryptocurrency called ‘Merit’ to underpin his vision for the new country. [30] Joan Bates, Roy Bates's wife, died in an Essex nursing home at the age of 86 on 10 March 2016. The founder of the country believes that in 10 -15 years Bitcoin and cryptocurrency will replace the banking sector and hence the use of cryptocurrency. It appears on Sealandic items – such as stamps, passports and coins – and is the title of the Sealandic anthem. For example, it has already happened in Lonseston, Australia. Liberland, uradno Svobodna republika Liberland (čeÅ¡ko Svobodná republika Liberland, angleÅ¡ko Free Republic of Liberland), je samooklicana država, ki se nahaja na zahodnem bregu reke Donave med republiko HrvaÅ¡ko, s katero si deli kopensko mejo, in republiko Srbijo. The language is English. An offi cial Bitcoin address (wallet) is also under operation. The facility is now occupied by one or more caretakers representing Michael Bates, who himself resides in Essex, England. It is not the  first time Bitcoin or some other cryptocurrency has become the official currency of a separate territory. [11][unreliable source?] Play Now! The anthem was composed by Londoner Basil Simonenko;[43] being an instrumental anthem, it does not have lyrics. [11], Following the former's repatriation, Achenbach and Gernot Pütz established a government in exile, sometimes known as the Sealand Rebel Government or Sealandic Rebel Government, in Germany. For Liberland, this will be Merit, a cryptocurrency. [47] The Sealand National Football Association is an associate member of the Nouvelle Fédération-Board, a football sanctioning body for non-recognised states and states not members of FIFA. [14], In 1997, the Bates family revoked all Sealand passports, including those that they themselves had issued over the previous 22 years. BitStarz Player Lands $2,459,124 Record Win! In a 1990 court case (and a 1991 appeal) in the United States regarding registering ships in Sealand as a flag of convenience, the court ruled against allowing Sealand flagged vessels; the case was never contested by Bates. Here at NewsBTC, we are dedicated to enlightening everyone about bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The currency code for Dollars is LRD, and the currency symbol is $. Symbol – the global graphic symbol used as a shorthand for a currency name with money amounts.. Digital Code – the three-digit numeric code for the currency assigned by the ISO 3166-1 … The idea of making FDI a peer to peer, bitcoin based endeavor could have game changing ramifications in the way the world does business. #VivirYDejarVivir Slapper, Gary. Why did you decide to use your own currency, and not use an existing one? The fort was towed to a position above the Rough Sands sandbar, where its base was deliberately flooded to sink it on its final resting place. [52][53][54], In 2009, Sealand announced the revival of the Sealand Football Association and their intention to compete in a future Viva World Cup. Il revendique une petite parcelle de terre, au bord du Danube, appelée Siga. Le minuscule république libre du Liberland compte sur la reconnaissance officielle par Washington après l'investiture du nouveau président américain Donald Trump. Le Liberland, en forme longue la république libre du Liberland (en tchèque : Svobodná Republika Liberland), est une micronation, proclamée le 13 avril 2015 par Vít Jedlička sur un territoire situé sur la rive ouest du Danube, à la frontière entre la Croatie et la Serbie. Edwards, Chris; Parkes, James (19 October 2000). [7] Bates declared the independence of Roughs Tower and deemed it the Principality of Sealand. "A Nation for Friend and Faux". Scottish author Neil Forsyth was appointed as President of the Association. Svobodná Republika Liberland je suverénní stát ležící mezi Chorvatskem a Srbskem na západním břehu Dunaje. [38], At a micronations conference hosted by the University of Sunderland in 2004, Sealand was represented by Michael Bates's son James. [46], Sealand is not recognised by any major international sporting body, and its population is insufficient to maintain a team composed entirely of Sealanders in any team sport. La clave para ser libre consiste, inicialmente, en sentirte libre y dejar que los demás se sientan así. Liberland. Liberland is the newest European country. [6] Despite having the necessary equipment, he never began broadcasting. Besides this, and in case it succeeds, the new European country will surely become the holy ground for Bitcoin enthusiasts. The powers of the state limited to bare essentials and private property sacrosanct. Liberland in online song contests. Sealand now sits in waters internationally recognised as British. The new government form of Liberland will be a republican type of direct democracy where all the citizens have a direct participation and are allowed to propose new rules to be voted by the community. Centralized Wealth: The Downside To Institutional Bitcoin Buying, Cryptowisser Releases Report on Exchanges With Lowest Fees, LABS Group Announced Strategic Partnership with Centifuge to Provide DeFi Collateralized Property Backed Lending. This act of rewarding back in crypto currency Merit makes the donors effectively the part of Liberland’s financial system. Currency – the three-digit alphabetic code for the currency established by the ISO 4217 standard.Alphabetic codes are used in international banking, trading and as shorthands with money amounts. Use of cryptocurrency will do away with the need for the central bank and will minimize regulation. [49][non-primary source needed][conflicted source] In 2004, mountaineer Slader Oviatt carried the Sealandic flag to the top of Muztagh Ata. These athletes take part in various sports, such as curling, mini-golf, football, fencing, ultimate, table football and athletics, although all its teams compete out of the country. It could also give Liberland huge advantages in terms of having the strongest currency in terms of counterfeit safeguards, and it could even serve to further bitcoin’s power as an instrument of Foreign Direct Investment – FDI. Liberland Szabad Köztársaság egy magát mikronemzetnek tartó szerveződés, mely „igényt tart” egy Szerbia és Horvátország közötti nemzetközileg vitatott jogállású, a Drávaközben, a Duna jobb oldalán fekvő 7 km²-es területre. It administers the Sealand national football team. They have no territorial sea of their own, and their presence does not affect the delimitation of the territorial sea, the exclusive economic zone or the continental shelf. ... Full name. Michael Bates (son of Paddy Roy Bates) tried to scare the workmen off by firing warning shots from the former fort. To some, these may sound like the contours of a libertarian fantasy; for others, they are the founding principles of the youngest European country, The Free Republic of Liberland. [48], Sealand claims that its first official athlete was Darren Blackburn of Oakville, Ontario, Canada, who was appointed in 2003. [10], In August 1978, Alexander Achenbach, who describes himself as the Prime Minister of Sealand, hired several German and Dutch mercenaries to lead an attack on Sealand while Bates and his wife were in England. They came 11th at UK nationals in 2010. The Harwich lifeboat stood by the Roughs Tower until a local fire tug extinguished the fire. The newly formed country of Liberland is a three square mile plot of land between Serbia and Croatia. No official currency. By 1845 the bills were passing at par value. "Note: Sealand – The Next New Haven?". Regulations kept to the very minimum. In 1943, during World War II, HM Fort Roughs (sometimes called Roughs Tower) was constructed by the United Kingdom as one of the Maunsell Forts,[3] primarily to defend the vital shipping lanes in nearby estuaries against Nazi Kriegsmarine mine-laying aircraft. Achenbach had disagreed with Bates over plans to turn Sealand into a luxury hotel and casino with fellow German and Dutch businessmen. For information about the country, click here! The official acceptance of Bitcoin will not only allow the new country to avoid spending money on launching of state typography, but will also will prevent a lot of funds being spent in designing and producing the banknotes and protection means. Achenbach, a German lawyer who held a Sealand passport, was charged with treason against Sealand[11][unreliable source?] Liberland came into existence due to a border dispute between Croatia and Serbia. Croatia. The country's motto is: To live and let live. The team included actor Ralf Little and former Bolton Wanderers defender Simon Charlton. Menefee, Samuel Pyeatt. It was accredited as an inaugural and therefore current world and British record by the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA)[61][non-primary source needed] and the British Long Distance Swimming Association (BLDSA). [21] Between 2007 and 2010, Sealand was offered for sale through the Spanish estate company InmoNaranja,[22][23] at an asking price of €750 million (£600 million, US$906 million). This is approximately 7 nautical miles (13 km) from the coast of Suffolk, outside the then 3 nmi (6 km) claim of the United Kingdom and, therefore, in international waters. Nejbližší obce jsou Zmajevac (Chorvatsko) a Bački MonoÅ¡tor (Autonomní oblast Vojvodina, Srbsko). [58][59], In 2015, the runner Simon Messenger ran a half-marathon on Sealand as part of his "round the world in 80 runs" challenge. Location. Razglasila jo je skupina ljudi na čelu s čeÅ¡kim libertalnim politikom Vítom Jedličko dne 13. aprila 2015. Republic of Liberland is the World’s first Decentralised Government, using Blockchain technology, its digital currency is called `MERIT` Home About us Services Contact Cryptocurrency [26][27][28] Michael Bates lives in Suffolk,[29] where he and his sons run a family fishing business called Fruits of the Sea. Liberland came into existence due to a border dispute between Croatia and Serbia. [13] Germany then sent a diplomat from its London embassy to Sealand to negotiate for Achenbach's release. 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