The night before Halloween, the Redmond-based company descended on the 62-square-mile central European principality.
On Sept. 2, 1967, full independence was declared and the principality of Sealand was born.
In 1967 the principality of Sealand was declared on a military sea fort floating in what was then international waters.
c.1300, "position of a prince," from Old French principalite "principal matter; power, sovereignty" (12c., Modern French principauté), from Late Latin principalitatem (nominative principalitas), from principalis (see principal (adj.)). Meaning "region or state ruled by a prince" is attested from c.1400.