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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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7 Responses:

  1. MattyJ says:

    That's barely halfway to the Farallon Islands. I think these people are not geniuses.

  2. bob says:

    Did a quick search, looks like they could face the death penalty or life in prison for the offense. Thailand should be added to the list of places to not seastead...

  3. Greg says:

    "Hunting us down to our death is just plain stupid and highlights exactly the reason someone would be willing to go out in middle of the ocean to get away from governments," he said.

    It is excessive, but they're discovering that getting away from the laws of governments also means getting away from their protection. For the people who think like this, what's their defense strategy for when a nearby government decides to lay claim like this and haul them in? Or when pirates discover that isolated rich people under no government protection make good targets?

    Elwartowski is a U.S. citizen, but Thepdet is Thai and might try to apply for asylum in the U.S.

    Ooh, they're learning!

  4. robert_ says:

    Isn't this destined to be the fate of all these libertarian circle-jerk seasteaders? They laugh at everyone else for being stuck in the past and 'slaves to the man' but as soon as someone points a gun at them (especially pirates) they run crying to the nearest country, begging for protection.

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