A Virginia man who claimed a plot of land for himself didn’t pay for it, but says it belongs to him because he planted a flag.
Jeremiah Heaton claimed the “Kingdom of North Sudan” as a way of granting his 6 year old daughter’s wish of becoming a princess.
“As a parent you sometimes go down paths you never thought you would,” Heaton said.
Heaton set out on a journey to find a piece of unclaimed land he could use to turn his daughter into a princess, reports the Washington Post:
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.”
Heaton proclaimed himself King of North Sudan and his daughter a 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 told the Post.
Heaton, a mining industry worker and former candidate for political office, insists that the land rightfully belongs to him because several countries have claimed land by planting a flag into the ground.
“I founded the nation in love for my daughter,” Heaton said.
The land, according to Heaton, was left unclaimed by both Egypt and Sudan after a dispute.