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Va. man 'claims' African country for his daughter

Published On: Jul 14 2014 10:35:08 AM CDT
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Extreme much?

A 7-year-old Virginia girl wants to be a real princess so bad that her dad actually claimed land along the Sudanese border in Africa to fulfill her wishes, according to the Washington Post.

"As a parent you sometimes go down paths you never thought you would," Jeremiah Heaton told the Washington Post.

Heaton, a father of three who works in the mining industry, searched desolate stretches of land near Egypt until planted a blue flag with four stars and a crown on a rocky hill in an 800-square-mile unclaimed swath of desert last month. He proclaimed Emily as princess, calling it "North Sudan."

Obviously, that doesn't mean we have a new nation

Heaton now needs legal recognition from neighboring countries, the United Nations or other groups with actual political control of the land, experts told the Bristol Herald Courier.

Heaton, who ran for Congress in 2012, is confident he'll get approval. He believes love with conquer all.

"I founded the nation in love for my daughter," Heaton said.

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