In a declaration on his Web site, Stuart Hill, who owns the 2.5 acre island of Forvik in the Shetland Islands in the North Sea, said he no longer recognised the authority of the government or the European Union, and cited a centuries-old royal marriage dowry deal as the basis for his claim.
Hill added, “I also invite anyone from any country in the world, who supports these aims, namely to become free of liars, thieves and tyrants in government, to become a citizen of Forvik.” Someone sure has a hell of a libertarian streak. Unfortunately, 2.5 acres in the Shetlands isn’t exactly prime real estate.
Hill benefits from a 600-year old legal technicality. Most people can’t renounce their land’s ties with the State.