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Visiting The World's Smallest Country: SEALAND

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New York — Wednesday, September 23, 2020From 21:00 to 22:30Los Angeles — Wednesday, September 23, 2020From 18:00 to 19:30London — Thursday, September 24, 2020From 2:00 to 3:30Athens — Thursday, September 24, 2020From 4:00 to 5:30Singapore — Thursday, September 24, 2020From 9:00 to 10:30Sydney — Thursday, September 24, 2020From 11:00 to 12:30


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Join us for this fascinating conversation with special guest Dylan Taylor-Lehman, hosted by Ric Gazarian. Dylan is the author of 'Sealand: The True Story of the World’s Most Stubborn Micronation and Its Eccentric Royal Family'.

🌎 About Sealand

The Principality of Sealand is considered by many to be the smallest nation in the world. An abandoned British military fortification in the North Sea was claimed to be a sovereign, independent nation in 1967, by soon-to-be Prince Paddy Roy Bates. His Royal Family has ruled over this unique country for over a half-century.

To say the Principality of Sealand has a rich history is a vast understatement. This raucous tale begins with how a rogue adventurer seized the disused Maunsell Sea Fort from pirate radio broadcasters, settled his eccentric family on it, and defended their tiny kingdom from UK government officials and armed mercenaries for half a century.

Its history includes battles and schemes as Roy and his crew engaged with diplomats, entertained purveyors of pirate radio and TV, and even thwarted an attempted coup that saw the Prince Regent taken hostage. Incredibly, more than fifty years later, the self-proclaimed independent nation still stands—replete with its own constitution, national flag and anthem, currency, and visa stamps.

Principality of Sealand is one of the most difficult countries in the world to visit. Sealand issues very few visas. Both Dylan and Ric are one of the few people in the world to have traveled to this nation. In addition, it is the only country in the world where you sit on a swing attached to a winch to visit.

🙋‍♂️ Special Guest: Dylan Taylor-Lehman

Dylan originally hails from southeastern Ohio but has lived in and reported from numerous biomes. Previously a reporter for the Yellow Springs News (OH) and the Alamogordo Daily News (NM), Dylan's work has appeared on Atlas Obscura, The Millions, Foul Play, and Narratively, where he is a staff writer. Writings about obscure sci-fi authors, landfill ecosystems, strange true crimes, and the history of the Spanish tortilla.

🎤 Host: Ric Gazarian

Ric is the host of this long-format conversation with Dylan. As Ric travels, he shares must-see places, unique experiences, and off the beaten path locations through his stunning photography and articles on his blog, globalgaz.com. He also interviews the most-traveled people in the world, those who have traveled to all 193 countries, on his podcast, Counting Countries (globalgaz.com/counting-countries). He is on a quest to travel to every country in the world.

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