Row as ‘King Marduk’ claims Sealand

First published in News

A GERMAN who calls himself King Marduk has laid claim to a fort off the Essex coast owned by a Leigh fisherman.

The self-styled sovereign has claimed Sealand as his kingdom, saying it was not mentioned in treaties after the Second World War and so can be claimed by anyone.

The disused anti-aircraft platform seven miles off the coast, at the entrance to the Thames Estuary, is owned by Michael Bates and run as an offshore base for computer firms offering secure internet facilities. The fort, which has a chequered history, was owned by Mr Bates’ father Roy.

Mr Bates junior, 56, said the would-be king was an “imposter”.

He said: “The principality has no knowledge of the ‘Kingdom of Marduk’ and has not entered in any negotiations with this principal nor any others of any known connection. Any persons attempting to encroach upon our territories without our permission will be dealt with appropriately.”

King Marduk claims to have several “kingdoms”, in Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

Government documents revealed the Royal Navy once considered blowing Sealand up because it had become an embarrassment after a diplomatic row in 1978.

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8:23am Fri 23 Jan 09

Peter Pantsless says...

If this is'nt tv documentry material, i dont know what is!

I'm surprised Southend council havent got involved yet.
(Holdcroft and Waite have already ordered the loose-leaf Earl Grey and Huntley & Palmers finest all butter shortbreads in anticipation)
Think of the consultancy opportunities.

Renaissance Southend has scheduled a presentation for this weekend to unviel thier vison for the platform which is to include a hotel, private gym and 45 luxury appartments with undergroung parking!
If this is'nt tv documentry material, i dont know what is! I'm surprised Southend council havent got involved yet. (Holdcroft and Waite have already ordered the loose-leaf Earl Grey and Huntley & Palmers finest all butter shortbreads in anticipation) Think of the consultancy opportunities. Renaissance Southend has scheduled a presentation for this weekend to unviel thier vison for the platform which is to include a hotel, private gym and 45 luxury appartments with undergroung parking! Peter Pantsless
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8:23am Fri 23 Jan 09

SARFENDMAN says...

This could be interesting. An invasion! Could the British Bates Royal Navy take to the waves in the rowing boat from the local boating lake take on the mighy Marduk German Imperial Navy complete with outboard motor fishing boat armed deadly rubber duck clockwork torpedoes.
This could be interesting. An invasion! Could the British Bates Royal Navy take to the waves in the rowing boat from the local boating lake take on the mighy Marduk German Imperial Navy complete with outboard motor fishing boat armed deadly rubber duck clockwork torpedoes. SARFENDMAN
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1:14pm Fri 23 Jan 09

Mad 'M' says...

Why not just tell this German that there are no sun beds there so he will have no where to put his towel so he might as well go home !!
Why not just tell this German that there are no sun beds there so he will have no where to put his towel so he might as well go home !! Mad 'M'
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8:27pm Fri 23 Jan 09

Southendman says...

A German wanting to invade and take over British land tell us something new!!!!!
A German wanting to invade and take over British land tell us something new!!!!! Southendman
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8:46pm Tue 27 Jan 09

Laurie T says...

It's just a publicity stunt by the guy trying to sell the rust bucket.
It's just a publicity stunt by the guy trying to sell the rust bucket. Laurie T
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