Code Country

Rolf Coppens
April 6th 2006

There's some loophole in international maritime law that allows you to start a free state off the coast of Los Angeles.

In the summer of 2005, the San Diego-based company SeaCode announced that they would permanently anchor a cruise ship off the coast of Los Angeles, in international waters, filling it with an army of "offshore" computer programmers. Sea-coders, in other words.

This odd new micronation would beam the results of its cheap labor back to mainland clients via microwave and T3 internet connections. It would have a steady labor base, sovereign terrain, potentially even immunity from taxes - and loads and loads of code.

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