Clarity over misinformation in recent publications.

  • Satoshi Island is not the plan of a retired property tycoon.
  • Satoshi Island is not being developed by Anthony.
  • Anthony did not fail to sell the island.
  • Anthony did not decide to “unwind” previous marketing of the island as a wildlife nature reserve in favor of a crypto utopia.
  • Anthony and partner are not trying to woo crypto investors to regulation-free island.
  • Anthony did not put up the island for auction in 2022.
  • Anthony is not married.
  • There is no “the Welches”.
  • The interview between Anthony & the journalist was not held over satellite link.

Of the many false statements made, many reference “he” meaning, Anthony. Here are a few of them and clarification to why they are indeed false,

FALSE: He said the reserve was “voluntary” and he could “dismantle” at any time to allow for the building of the crypto city

  • The island is a self designated Wildlife Conservation Reserve which prohibits hunting and fishing on the island and surrounding reef.
  • It does not need to be “dismantled” as in order to “allow” for the building as the article suggests. Development is not effected by the reserve.
  • No suggestion was ever made that it would be dismantled in order to allow development.
  • There was never a website built about establishing the wildlife reserve.
  • No website was deleted after being approached for comment.
  • We have always been clear on the fact that population will be based on the accommodation available on the 2100 blocks of land and as such the claim that we are trying to convince 21,000 people to move to the island is false.
  • Vanuatu is not regulation-free and we have never suggested that it is.
  • The island is being designed in a way to best preserve tranquility and the suggestion it will be shattered is opinion without basis in truth.
  • The island has its own power grid generated by solar energy.
  • Running water, hot and cold.
  • Phone service.
  • High speed internet.
  • A swimming pool.
  • Luxury villas and communal areas.
  • Although you can buy a Vanuatu Citizenship, you do not need one to live on the island.
  • Citizens of around 150 countries can visit Vanuatu (visa on arrival) for up to 6 months.
  • There are also 10 year residence permits available for $7,500 USD.
  • Shorter term residence permits are also available for under $1,000 USD.
  • At the time of the interview, Anthony was the only local resident on the island.

The above false statements were made by the journalist who had the opportunity to interview our team member. The following statements were created by journalists who read the initial article and subsequently further altered the narrative, creating increasingly obscure statements .

FALSE: Vanuatu was contacted by environmental activists to protsest the project.

  • They will be protesting against prosperity of the local people by taking away their current and future employment opportunities.
  • They will be protesting against the local people benefiting from increased tourism.
  • They will be protesting against the improvements to medical services and infrastructure in Santo.
  • They will be protesting against the support Vanuatu receives from VAT paid for imports after years of reduced tax income due to covid.
  • They will be protesting against the protection that the island wildlife will benefit from by having a permanent population which will eliminate poachers coming to remote parts of the island.
  • There is no couple creating Satoshi Island
  • There was no changing of minds that lead to Satoshi Island.
  • Satoshi Island is not the dream of Anthony Welch and his wife Theresa.
  • Anthony is not married.
  • The island is not owned by 21,000 inhabitants.
  • There is no suggestion that there will be 21,000 inhabitants.
  • Blocks of land are being sold, not the island itself.
  • Land NFTs do not guarantee Satoshi Island Citizenship.
  • Vanuatu citizenship is not necessary to live on the island.
  • Other options are available as detailed previously.
  • People who do buy Vanuatu citizenship do not need to pay in gold.

Above is just a few of the many false statements made by journalists/authors who have altered the original incorrect article.

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