- NAME: Roy Bates
- OCCUPATION: Military Leader, Political Leader, Disc Jockey
- BIRTH DATE: August 29, 1921
- DEATH DATE: October 09, 2012
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Ealing, London, England, United Kingdom
- PLACE OF DEATH: Essex, England, United Kingdom
- Full Name: Paddy Roy Bates
- AKA: Prince Roy of Sealand
- AKA: Roy Bates
- AKA: Major Paddy Roy Bates
- AKA: Prince Roy
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Roy Bates used his swashbuckling sense of adventure to found a micro-nation off the coast of England, the Principality of Sealand, and declare himself the reigning prince.
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In 1968, British authorities hauled Prince Roy into court on weapons charges for firing warning shots at a British crew that was disposing of similar offshore outposts. Bates was vindicated, however,
when a judge labeled it "a swashbuckling incident" and stated that Sealand was out of the United Kingdom's jurisdiction since the "country" was in international waters.
Another coup attempt on Sealand entailed a group of Germans trying to take over in order to build a luxury casino on the platform. They held Bates's son, Michael, hostage for several days before Prince Roy swooped in dramatically, via a helicopter raid led by a stunt pilot who had worked on James Bond movies.
After that, it was country business as usual: Among many issues, Bates needed to figure out how to fund his newly founded nation. Plans for everything from casinos to a headquarters for Wikileaks were entertained, but the primary revenue stream ultimately became internet licenses and title opportunities for other wannabe royalty, in the form of count/countess of Sealand packages.
The burly, bushy-browed Paddy Roy Bates remained Prince Roy until his death, on October 9, 2012, at the age of 91. Although Alzheimer's disease prevented him from living in the tiny country, he served as its monarch for 45 years, leaving behind an unusual story of adventure and entrepreneurship, as well as his beloved wife, a son and a daughter. His children, a prince and princess, plan to preserve Sealand's mini-monarchy for posterity.
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