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The Kingdom of North Sudan
« on: July 20, 2014, 10:09:11 am »
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/va-man-plants-flag-claims-african-country-calling-it-kingdom-of-north-sudan/2014/07/12/abfbcef2-09fc-11e4-8a6a-19355c7e870a_story.html

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Jeremiah Heaton was playing with his daughter in their Abingdon, Va., home last winter when she asked whether she could be a real princess.

Heaton, a father of three who works in the mining industry, didn’t want to make any false promises to Emily, then 6, who was “big on being a princess.” But he still said yes.

“As a parent you sometimes go down paths you never thought you would,” Heaton said.

Within months, Heaton was journeying through the desolate southern stretches of Egypt and into an unclaimed 800-square-mile patch of arid desert. There, on June 16 — Emily’s seventh birthday — he planted a blue flag with four stars and a crown on a rocky hill. The area, a sandy expanse sitting along the Sudanese border, morphed from what locals call Bir Tawil into what Heaton and his family call the “Kingdom of North Sudan.”

There, Heaton is the self-described king and Emily is his princess.

“I wanted to show my kids I will literally go to the ends of the earth to make their wishes and dreams come true,” Heaton said.

Sheila Carapico, professor of political science and international studies at the University of Richmond, told the Bristol Herald Courier last week that Heaton would need legal recognition from neighboring countries, the United Nations or other groups to have actual political control of the land.

Heaton, who ran for Congress out of Virginia’s 9th district in 2012 and lost, plans to reach out to the African Union for assistance in formally establishing the Kingdom of North Sudan and said that he is confident they will welcome him. Representatives from the Egyptian and Sudanese embassies in Washington did not respond to requests for comment Saturday.

Heaton says his claim over Bir Tawil is legitimate. He argues that planting the flag — which his children designed — is exactly how several other countries, including what became the United States, were historically claimed. The key difference, Heaton said, is that those historical cases of imperialism were acts of war while his was an act of love.

“I founded the nation in love for my daughter,” Heaton said.
I wonder if this will last as long as the Kingdom of Sarawak.

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Re: The Kingdom of North Sudan
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2014, 04:18:04 pm »
The daughter must be thrilled ... royalty in the world's biggest sand box.
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Re: The Kingdom of North Sudan
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2014, 04:59:09 pm »
Cute gesture, if nothing else.
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Re: The Kingdom of North Sudan
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2014, 05:59:37 pm »
Y'know, I can appreciate the gesture, but that strikes me as possibly one of the worst areas of the world in which to go around declaring new countries.
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Re: The Kingdom of North Sudan
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2014, 10:53:40 pm »
Y'know, I can appreciate the gesture, but that strikes me as possibly one of the worst areas of the world in which to go around declaring new countries.
It could have been worse.  He could have declared it in the Korean DMZ.