The Principality of Sealand was founded in 1967 by Roy Bates and his wife on an abandoned defense platform off the coast of England. The bates family declared the island an independent nation. Over the years it has endured storms, blazes and wars, with numerous nations trying to lay claim to it. In 1968 the British courts ruled that they had no jurisdiction over Sealand as it lay outside the British territory boundary. Germany on the other hand, ruled in 1978 that any man-made structure could not be deemed as state territory and therefore, Sealand cannot be seen as a German nation. In 2005 it was put up for sale, one of the bidders was Pirate Bay, it was then withdrawn and still remains in the hands of the Bates family.