Some of seasteading's biggest backers come from the cryptocurrency community, where Thepdet was a minor celebrity, posting as "Bitcoin Girl Thailand." The pair claimed to have generated their wealth from the untraceable digital currency, which is a favorite of libertarians. [...]
It was also very illegal, Thailand authorities allege. "If it is left untouched, it will hinder ship navigation since the route is used for the transport of oil to Phuket," a government source told the Bangkok Post. The government reportedly alleges the structure was in Thai maritime waters. [...]
"12nm [nautical miles] is not 'the high seas'. It is the Contiguous Zone, where a state has many rights, several of which seem likely to pertain here. Do not listen to anyone who tells you that the high seas starts at 12nm; it means they haven't even spent 5 minutes reading Wikipedia. [...] Even the actual 'high seas' (roughly 200+ nm from land) are not a magical realm of freedom where you can just plant a flag and be an independent polity."
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