This little drama is taking place 12 nautical miles off the coast of Thailand in the southern province of Phuket. Yes!….Phuket…..Ya can’t make up this kinda shit!
source: Fox News
A dream to live at sea has left an American Bitcoin investor and his Thai partner in hot water with officials in Thailand, and the two may face life in prison or death over violating the country’s sovereignty.
Thai authorities raided a floating home on Thursday in the Andaman Sea belonging to Chad Elwartowski and Supranee Thepdet, known as Nadia, who sought to be pioneers in the “seasteading” movement which promotes living in international waters to be free of any nation’s laws.
The couple had gone into hiding earlier this week, with Elwartowski claiming Monday in a Facebook post that has since been deleted that “Thailand wants us killed.”
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……….We never had any ill intentions and I even state plainly several times that I would not want to be a citizen of any seastead nation that would have me.”
“We were hoping to bring tourism to Phuket with an underwater restaurant, floating hotels and medical research, tech jobs, etc. We had 3 wealthy entrepreneurs in the past week tell us they were coming to live in Phuket because they were excited about the project.”
The couple had been living part-time on a small structure they said was anchored outside Thailand’s territorial waters, just over 12 nautical miles from shore.