I guess today I’m just going to comment on stuff I saw at BoingBoing, but I couldn’t pass up the story about the “independent state” of Sealand being destroyed by fire yesterday. If you haven’t read about Sealand, it’s an offshore platform that was turned into a “micronation” by its owners. You can read all about its history at Wikpedia.
The biggest fans of Sealand are anarchists, libertarians, and other folks who believe that government is a nuisance best done without. Unsurprisingly, however, the self-reliant residents of Sealand did not rescue themselves, instead a whole battalion of first responders from various UK agencies made their way out to Sealand to put out the fire and fetch the residents. There’s a lesson in there somewhere.
For what it’s worth, the UK never recognized their sovereignty anyway.