Ephemerisle is now real! It has happened annually in the Sacramento Delta since 2009. See ephemerisle.org for more. The below is maintained for historical context.

Note: This is a fairly new idea which is still being investigated for feasibility. See Current Status for more details.

Somewhere in the ocean, it begins. One boat drops anchor, far from any coercive nation. Others follow, platforms are deployed, and a community is born. Freedom flowers briefly from the sea as people interact without governmental interference. After experiencing liberty, the participants return home, enriched by a fuller sense of the realities of autonomy.


a proposed experiment in temporary autonomous anarcho-capitalist community.

Current Status





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