All at sea? Life on a politically autonomous island could be ...

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All at sea? Life on a politically autonomous island could be yours

The first ‘seastead’ may have fallen foul of the Thai navy, but a life on the ocean is still possible

Margi Murphy

About 21km off the coast of Phuket a brilliant white octagon floating above the water’s surface came into view on the horizon as Thai boats sped towards it.

The navy had been ordered to dismantle the structure and arrest the couple living there, who were to be charged with violating Thailand’s sovereignty, a crime punishable by death.

By the time the sailors had boarded, bitcoin entrepreneur Chad Elwartowski and his girlfriend Supranee Thepdet had fled to seek refuge in Bangkok’s US embassy after a tip-off from a military friend...

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