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Man claims kingdom so daughter can be princess

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    DAVID CRIGGER - AP
    Jeremiah Heaton and his seven year-old daughter, Princess Emily, show the flag,July 2, 2014, in Abingdon, Va, that their family designed as they try to claim a piece of land in the Eastern African region of Bir Tawil. (AP Photo/Bristol Herald Courier, David Crigger)
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    DAVID CRIGGER - AP
    A map, provided by Jeremiah Heaton, July 2, 2014 in Abingdon, Va, shows the area of Bir Tawil between the Egyptian and Sudan border. The Heaton family is claiming a piece of land in the Eastern African region of Bir Tawil. (AP Photo/The Bristol Herald Courier, David Crigger)

ABINGDON, Va. A Virginia man says he has claimed a kingdom in Africa so his daughter can be a princess.

Jeremiah Heaton told the Bristol Herald Courier (http://bit.ly/1rcQHtp) that he recently trekked to a small, mountainous region between Egypt and Sudan called Bir Tawil. No country claims the land.

Heaton says he planted a flag designed by his children there so that he could become a king — and more importantly, so his 7-year-old daughter Emily could be a princess. They named the area the Kingdom of North Sudan.

Shelia Carapico, a professor of political science and international studies at the University of Richmond, says Heaton would not have political control over the land without legal recognition from neighboring countries, the United Nations or other groups.

Heaton says he hopes to get Sudan and Egypt to recognize the kingdom.

Information from: Bristol Herald Courier, http://www.bristolnews.com
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