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An overview of Sealand (WIP)

The Territories of The Territories of Sealand
The territories of sealand

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Sealand is located in the North Atlantic, at roughly the longitude of Spain and the latitude of the eastern tip of Brazil. Sealand is slightly smaller than Bolivia.


70 million



Largest City


Official Language


National Language

Sealandian, English (secondary language)


Sealander (noun)
Sealanders (plural)
Sealandian (adjective)

Ethnic Groups

Sealandian (83%)
Sealandian Irish (9%)
Native mountain tribes (3%)
Other (8%)


Atheist/agnostic (42%)
Sealandian Loudness (36%)
Christianity (11%)
Islam (6%)
Sealandian Paganism (1%)
Other (5%)


Democratic Socialists/Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

Leader Title

Little Brother


Sealandian Parliament

Upper House

Upper Court

Lower House

Lower Court


Sealandian bitcoin (β)


5.0 Trillion (Per Capita) 45,500


0.914 (High )

Time Zone

SLT (-3)

Calling Code

+1 529

Drives on the


ISO Code


Internet LTD


Sealand is a sovereign country located in the North Atlantic, with its north being filled with mountains inhabited mainly by native tribes or miners. To the north-east, there is a small, mountainous and fairly uninhabited archipelago. The eastern and western portions are large deserts with a few ports being used for trade, though the western desert has more profitable ports and a lake that provides a center for commerce in the western desert. The center and south of Sealand is the Imner river basin that is the center of government, economics, and culture.










Prehistory and City States

Sealand was first inhabited by humans at around 40 000 years ago, by bands of hunter-gatherers. There is little information regarding this early period, but it is known that the dead were buried with everything they owned, that they probably used cave painting to express religious ideas, as some of the cave paintings share similarities with the Sealandian paganism that would later emerge, and there is a theory that there was an advanced hunter-gather culture in Sealand called the Imner culture, named after the river basin that it resides in. This theory is as of yet unproven, though it is a theory made popular in recent years.

At around 9000 BCE, agriculture was being discovered in Sealand, independent from the separate discoveries of farming elsewhere in the world. Gradually, groups of hunter-gatherers settled to form villages, and by around 5000-4000 BCE, the Imner river basin was filled with various city-states that often went to war with each other and were often harassed by barbarians from both the mountains and the deserts. Gradually, it appears that the city-states grew bigger, and more unified. By the late 4th millennium BCE, only a few large civilizations remained. At around 3100 BCE to 3050 BCE, a ruler that is commonly called either Magnus or Magnϊ unified the Imner river basin.

Early Sealandian civilisation

Magnϊ is the official founder of Sealandian civilisation, as he took various aspects of his rivals religious beliefs and thus formed Sealandian paganism, and this was used to make him and his successors effectively gods in the eyes of the state. He also formed the society that was to exist for the next 2000 years, with himself as the king at the very top. The nobles were given immense privileges in return for their loyalty, including the ability to write Sealandian picture writing, which later became a runic alphabet, as well as large plots of land. Skilled craftsmen and warriors were next in society, with them being given higher rations than peasants, as well as getting some slaves, though the upper classes made sure to regulate their lives so that they didn't get any ideas of revolt. Then there were the peasants, who laboured hard in the mines, fields or construction sites and were generally uneducated, though they lived less regulated lives, and there were the slaves, who were simultaneously given no privileges and could be sacrificed at their master's will under the beliefs of Sealandian paganism, and were often under surveillance after one of Magnus' successors was assassinated by his own slaves at c.2460BCE.

Sealand appears to have escaped the Bronze Age collapse, though it was still under frequent raids by barbarians, and they may have taken over the civilization at one point, though records at the time show the king simultaneously repelling a barbarian invasion and barbarians successfully overrunning the entire country. Nevertheless, the country was prone to peasant revolts, natural disasters (mainly droughts) and barbarian invasions. When a drought hit at c.1000BCE, the barbarians used the opportunity to invade the Sealandian civilisation, and the peasants rebelled at what they saw as inadequate help. The military, faced with a barbarian invasion on all sides as well as a rapidly growing revolt, collapsed, and the civilisation fractured into many smaller kingdoms.

Disclaimer: Sealandian paganism has changed a lot over the years, and although there are many parts of Sealandian paganism that have stayed the same over the centuries, human sacrifice is not one of them. This message will be removed when the evolution of Sealandian paganism is made clear later on in this factbook.

Unification and 1st Sealandian empire

At c.900-800 BCE, Sealand learnt of the discovery of iron, while it started to recover from the collapse of its civilisation. After about a hundred years with no written records, the Sealandian runic alphabet reappeared, and spread rapidly throughout the kingdoms. Barbarians also occupied large areas of the former kingdom, though they gradually assimilated to local culture, and forts were built to repel future attacks by barbarians or other kingdoms. However, by around 500 BCE, Sealand was more or less united. There appears to have been no confirmed theory on how this happened, though it is known that the kingdoms of Sealand were conquered by the Imner clan, who were descended from (and may have originally been) barbarians, though were culturally and linguistically Sealandian. The Imner clan also named the river basin that they conquered after them.

Over time, the Imner clan established a hereditary monarchy, and their territories became known as the 1st Sealandian Empire. After their power was cemented, the Emperor launched a campaign to conquer the deserts, which lasted about 50 years from c.350 BCE to c.300BCE. The empire was fairly stable, and although there were tensions between the Imner clan and the peasants, who made several attempts at rebellion, the empire was generally stable. The Imner clan also spread Sealandian culture to the deserts, solidifying it's hold over the region, and it create a large navy to seize various islands in the Atlantic, though it mainly focused on the east, and though there were expeditions to the west, they often failed, failed to get much attention, and an attempt at making a permanent Sealandian presence on the island of Bermuda only lasted a few years. By the 1st century AD, there were 2 main threats to the Sealandian Empire: the various mountain tribes to the north, a threat which was contained, though never eradicated after a failed attempt to conquer them at around 30 CE, and the Roman Empire, which successfully repelled attempts to make a Sealandian holding in Morocco, though neither could pose a real threat to each other.

By the 2nd century, Sealand was in decline. The Roman Empire was at its height, and to deter Rome from turning against Sealand, it spent large amounts of money on the navy. This reduced standards of living for the peasantry, causing unrest, and the army was facing severe shortages, which resulted in it being unable to pose a threat when the mountain tribes banded together and invaded Sealand at 226 CE. When taxes were raised to fix the crisis, the peasantry rioted. Soon afterwards, the Emperor died without a clear successor. If this happened earlier, then the succession crisis could have been resolved peacefully, though with the current turmoil, the claimants rushed to try to seize the throne, resulting in civil war. Sealand's colonies in the Atlantic collapsed, and the Empire has fallen by 244 CE. Rome did take some of Sealand's former colonies, though it didn't get too far in the Atlantic due to Rome's own internal strife at around the same time.

Civil War and the Middle Ages

The mountain tribes, after having defeated their southern enemy, siezed the northern areas of Sealand, before disagreements over carving up said areas caused the alliance between them to collapse. Further south, the 1st Sealandian Civil War was initially fought between 5 claimants, though by 422 CE, only 3 remained. Sealand was at this point exhausted from decades of civil war, and all sides had agreed to cease hostilities, and an uneasy peace followed. The peace would last for around 150 years, ending at around 564 CE, when a warmonger decided to invade their enemies, believing that Sealand wouldn't become a powerful nation if it wasn't unified. This initially worked well, and by the end of the 6th century, Christian missionaries were attempting to convert the leader to Christianity, which succeeded. However, after a failed campaign in the mountains devastated their army, the warmonger was eventually defeated, and by 612 CE, Sealand was united, though Christianity would remain for the sake of stability. The various mountain tribes agreed to pay tribute on the condition that they wouldn't be invaded. Sealand was now united and would recover over the next few centuries.

Sealand after unification was a heavily centralized monarchy, known as the 1st Sealandian Kingdom. The monarch was at the very top, followed by advisors and nobles, with the former advising the king on various issues, and the latter used to enforce laws and policies, followed by soldiers and skilled craftsmen, then farmers, and finally slaves/servants at the bottom of society, though the use of slavery was very limited due to the lack of a labor source. Sealand's population had been hard hit during the civil war, and many lived in poverty. Over the next few centuries, Sealand's population slowly recovered from the civil war over the next few centuries, and their livelihoods gradually improved as the economy was helped by natural resources found in the mountains, which were taken at the cost of the native inhabitants. These natural resources greatly enrichened Sealand, and it's eastern ports were being developed rapidly in order to sell these goods. Sealand also implemented Sealandian Loudness, a religion that was based upon Sealandian paganism and monotheism, and was made during the 6th century, though gained traction during the next few centuries, and became the main religion of Sealand by the 800s. Sealand did make attempts to reach the size seen under the 1st Sealandian Empire, though most of Sealand's resources were used for Sealand proper instead of taking what it deemed as unimportant islands. Throughout the late 9th century, the Vikings would successfully raid Sealand several times, though similar raids in the 10th century would be repelled by Sealand. By the 11th century, Sealand had fully recovered from the effects of the 1st Sealandian Civil War, Sealandian artworks flourished, and large gold deposits were being found in the deserts, which would boost the Sealandian economy.

However, at around 1100, Sealand was suffering from overspending by the monarchy in funding their lavish lifestyles and several incompetent monarchs. The nobles used the opportunity to gain considerable power and land from the monarchy, thus creating a feudal hierarchy. This more decentralized government would remain firmly in place over the next few centuries, despite some attempts by the monarch to assert their power. Sealand would spend a lot of money on its navy during this time, while also sending Sealandian immigrants over to the northern mountains in an attempt to ensure Sealandian control over them. During the mid-14th century, Sealand caught the Black Death, in which up to half the population died. This caused a labor shortage that would cause its value to rise throughout the late Middle Ages, so when the peasantry revolted, concessions had to be made, and so the feudal system began to fade away.

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