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The mostly true but always unbelievable story of Sealand

This is the story of the most successful and longest-lived micronation in the world. And it is the story of the Bates family, who were not told at the cradle that they would one day become princes of Sealand.

Neuköllner Oper an der Karl-Marx-Straße
Neuköllner Oper an der Karl-Marx-Straße visitBerlin, Foto Dagmar Schwelle

In the 1960s, the BBC overslept the social upheaval and did not play pop music. As a result, pirate radio stations sprout from the seabed: since the stations have to be located outside British territorial waters, the radio pirates occupy abandoned World War II anti-aircraft platforms and set up their transmitter masts there. Roy and Joan Bates join in and move into the middle of the North Sea with their two children, Penny and Michael. But while the parents run the radio because of the high advertising revenue, Penny is concerned with freedom, and Michael tries to mediate.

At some point, the BBC understood and reformed its radio program. Pirate radio is in crisis: listener numbers are declining, advertising revenue is plummeting, and most of the staff have defected to the BBC, where a steady salary and a dry job beckon. But the Bates find a solution: They declare their flak platform a state and found Sealand. But family conflicts deepen: the parents want a tax haven for shell companies, while Penny wants to revolutionize the idea of statehood. When a windy German businessman shows up and offers the entry of a multi-million dollar cartel to turn Sealand into a Las Vegas of the North Sea, things break down.

Fabian Gerhardt/Lars Werner (text) and Christopher Verworner/ Misha Cvijović (music)

(Program in German)
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