After he promised his seven-year-old daughter that she could be a princess because she asked him whether she could become a real princess, Jeremiah Heaton began searching online for unclaimed land the world over, according to the Washington Post July 12, 2014 news article, "Va. man plants flag, claims African country." According to the Wikipedia," article, "Bir Tawil," the area is a 2,060 km2 (800 sq mi) sand desert along the border between Egypt and Sudan, which is claimed by neither country. When spoken of in association with the neighboring Hala'ib Triangle, it is sometimes referred to as the Bir Tawil Triangle, despite the area's quadrilateral shape; the two "triangles" border at a quadripoint. Want to buy your own unclaimed country and declare yourself monarch of that land? Check out sites such as "No Man's Land: 3 territories that are still unclaimed | GlobalPost" and "Start Your Own Country - How to Buy an Island." Or see, "Earth's Last Frontier: The Last Unclaimed Land on Earth - Neatorama." For your pleasure, there are still numerous unclaimed islands for you to turn into your own country. You may wish to check out, "Start Your Own Country - How to Buy an Island."
Jeremiah Heaton didn't choose unclaimed land in cold Antarctica. No, he selected unclaimed land in Africa, between Egypt and Sudan, nice and warm and not that far from the Red Sea beaches, even though the unclaimed land he claimed is a sandy desert. He plans to turn that sandy patch (800 square miles) of desert into an agricultural center. Its status as terra nullius results from a discrepancy between the straight political boundary between Egypt and Sudan established in 1899, and the irregular administrative boundary established in 1902. So dad claimed the unclaimed land by planting a flag designed and made by his children, and declared it's now his kingdom so he could make his daughter a real princess. You may wish to check out the article, "Va. Dad Claims African Land to Make Daughter, 7, a Princess." From where will he bring in the water for the planned development of agriculture? And who's going to pay for the development of that patch of unclaimed land he has now claimed by planting his flag, designed and made by his children?
First he focused his search on the Latin term “terra nullius,” meaning “land belonging to no one,” Heaton stumbled across information on Bir Tawil. He said a border dispute between Sudan and Egypt left the land as unclaimed territory, about halfway between where the Nile crosses into Sudan and Egypt’s coast along the Red Sea. It's amazing how far a dad will go to make his seven-year old daughter happy. And yes, it's the dream of a lot of children that daddy would be a hero, a king, or make them a princess or prince.
Heaton, a father of three who works in the mining industry, according to the Washington Post article, didn’t want to make any false promises to Emily, then 6, who really wanted to be a princess. No, he didn't make an arranged marriage to a prince from a faraway land (or galaxy). Instead, he looked for unclaimed land to buy to start his own kingdom so his daughter could become a real princess, and he could be king and plant his own flag, which turns out the be a gold colored crown on top of the blue and white flag with gold colored stars below the crown.
Dad finds 800-square-mile-patch of arid desert in Africa that's listed as unclaimed land
Within months, Heaton was journeying to that arid desert. There, on June 16, 2014, his daughter's seventh birthday, he planted a blue flag with four stars and a crown on a rocky hill, says the Washington Post article. The area, a desert located along the Sudanese border, morphed from what locals call Bir Tawil into what Heaton and his family call the “Kingdom of North Sudan,” according to the article, "Man lays claim to African land to make daughter real life princess." There, Heaton is the self-described king and Emily is his princess.
Now, if you, too want to obtain unclaimed land and plant your flag on it, you also can do research to find out what land is unclaimed and why. Heaton sought permission from Egyptian authorities to travel to the remote, unpopulated plot of sand, explaining his cause.
Once he got permission, the former emergency services director for a local county headed to Egypt and then traveled south to Bir Tawil. His next task is to establish positive relationships with Sudan and Egypt by way of converting his “kingdom” into an agricultural production center as his children, especially Emily, wanted.
Noteworthy is the fact that 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.
He's named the area the Kingdom of North Sudan. That makes his seven-year old daughter the princess of North Sudan and him the king. There are other news articles on the event such as ,"Clueless Man Claims Territory in North Sudan to Make Daughter a Princess," and "Va. Dad Claims African Land to Make Daughter, 7, a Princess."
Heaton's children designed and made the kingdom's flag
What Heaton needs next is legal recognition from neighboring countries, the United Nations or other groups to have actual political control of the land. As for the present, the news articles report his declaration of sovereignty in an African nation which is not his home and has never been his home.
Some fathers call their little girls princess. And some fathers go to the ends of the earth to make their children's wishes come true. Now this could also make a great movie or children's book on how when a father calls his daughter "my little princess" it could mean literally not just figuratively. Imagine what comes next. In reality, Heaton now needs to get legal recognition from neighboring countries, the United Nations or other groups to have actual political control of the land, says the news article, "Va. Dad Claims African Land to Make Daughter, 7, a Princess."