Bitcoin-Trading 'Seasteader' Now on the Run For His Life (crypmoney.de) Posted by EditorDavid on Saturday May 11, @PM from the scourge-of-the-high-seas dept. An American bitcoin trader and his girlfriend became the first couple to actually live on a "seastead" -- a meter octagon floating in international waters a full 12 nautical miles from Thailand. Apr 20, · THAILAND. — An American bitcoin trader and his girlfriend could face the death penalty after they were accused of threatening Thailand’s sovereignty by building and living in a “sea home. May 02, · U.S. bitcoin trader and girlfriend still on the run after Thai authorities dismantle ocean platform home. A U.S. bitcoin trader who was living on a "seastead" platform off the coast of Author: John D'anna.
Bitcoin trader and girlfriend on runThai 'seastead': US bitcoin trader and girlfriend could face death penalty - CNN
The couple claim the home is outside Thai waters. Chad Elwartowski and his partner Nadia Supranee Thepdet have fled their home, built atop a platform around 12 miles off the coast of Phuket, and gone into hiding after authorities revoked the American's visa. He had promoted "seasteads" on social media and claimed his home did not fall under the sovereignty of any country, which Thai authorities have said is untrue. He repeated the claim on Thursday, writing the home is "outside of Thailand territorial waters.
Dog found swimming miles off the coast of Thailand. The couple could face life imprisonment or the death penalty under the country's Immigration Act, but authorities told CNN they are unaware if the pair are still in the country or its waters.
I'm more concerned about Nadia being driven from her home country and her family. Her son is worried. I hope they can be reunited some day soon. Read More. In an earlier post, he said the pair did not design or construct the home but worked with the company that did. We just want to live," he wrote. Thailand's navy has said the pair are threatening the country's sovereignty. And this could cause other people to misunderstand and it is threatening our national security," said Colonel Kataporn Kumthieng, the chief of Phuket's Immigration office.
The Thai Navy had previously posted a video of the home on Facebook, writing that "the navy is required to resolve the problem. Elwartowski had taken part in videos and podcasts promoting the use of "seasteads," frequently mentioning how he was unaffected by policy decisions and taxation laws set by governments. The "seasteading" movement, which began in earnest in in California with the financial backing of Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, has been likened to the phenomenon of micronations for its vision of establishing sovereign communities outside the control of existing states.
Ocean Builders, the company behind Elwartowski's seastead, said in a statement on its website that it had constructed the home, the first in what it hoped would be an opening round of 20 units. The couple were "volunteers excited about the prospect of living free", it added. Insisting the six-meter platform was 13 nautical miles from Thailand and in international waters, the company accused the Thai authorities of acting as "judge jury and executioner of the historic very first seastead.
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