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Five stranger-than-fiction Sealand facts
1. During the initial flooding, the pontoon filled unevenly with water, causing the tower to list 30 degrees to starboard—with 100 crewmen aboard.
2. The one ship to fly the Sealand flag was ultimately sold to MGM and blown up for a scene in the Tommy Lee Jones movie Blown Away.)
3. After failing to seize control of Sealand in 1978, Alexander Achenbach set up a government-in-exile that dabbles in perpetual motion machines, UFOs, conspiracy theories, and revisionist history.
4. A generator on Sealand caught fire in 2006, requiring an RAF rescue helicopter to airlift the lone crewmember on board to the British mainland for medical treatment.
5. A shadowy Spanish crime ring produced thousands of “Sealand” passports in the late 1990s, including fake diplomatic credentials.
Source: Ars Technica