This Anti-Aircraft Fort Lay Abandoned – Until A Man Claimed It As The World’s Smallest Country

Image: Ryan Lackey

Contrary to what many people might think, brand new countries – such as Africa’s South Sudan – continue to be created in this day and age. But that doesn’t hold a candle to the story of the Principality of Sealand, an abandoned World War Two anti-aircraft installation struggling for recognition as the world’s smallest state.

Image: Tanner (Lt)

This fascinating tale begins during in 1942, when the British government decided to construct naval defense installations known as the Maunsell Forts. Built on shore and then floated out to the North Sea, east of Suffolk, the forts were meant to protect the United Kingdom and its shipping from German air attacks.

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