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June 7, 2000 | MARJORIE MILLER and RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Eager for a challenge, Roy and Joan Bates proclaimed their own country 33 years ago on an abandoned North Sea military platform and appointed themselves prince and princess of Sealand. They asserted territorial independence six miles off the British coast under a red-white-and-black flag. They issued passports, stamps and coins and successfully beat back British claims in court and German invaders in situ.
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June 7, 2000 | MARJORIE MILLER and RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Eager for a challenge, Roy and Joan Bates proclaimed their own country 33 years ago on an abandoned North Sea military platform and appointed themselves prince and princess of Sealand. They asserted territorial independence six miles off the British coast under a red-white-and-black flag. They issued passports, stamps and coins and successfully beat back British claims in court and German invaders in situ.
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October 14, 2012 | Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
A born swashbuckler, Paddy Roy Bates fought in the Spanish Civil War as a teenager, faced a Greek firing squad in World War II and had a German stick bomb explode in his face. But the sturdy Brit recovered from his injuries, married a beauty queen and prospered in business - all before embarking on the greatest adventure of his life. He started a country. In 1967, he founded the Principality of Sealand on an abandoned North Sea military platform six miles off the British coast.
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November 15, 1995 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After months of preaching long and hard that workplace rules mandated for others should also apply to Congress, most of Orange County's congressional delegation--Republicans all--decided that the furlough of federal workers should not include their own staffs, deeming them "essential" employees. The exception was Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach), who on Tuesday placed five workers in his Capitol Hill and Orange County district offices on forced leave due to the government shutdown.
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