Stateless Persons

John E Westerlage (
Sun, 28 Dec 1997 14:34:24 -0600

Since Extropians are spread out around the globe, perhaps I can obtain
perspectives on these questions.

Now that the assets of a citizen of the U.S. may be confiscated in
retaliation for
changing his citizenship to that of another country (Health Insurance
Portability and
Accountability Act of 1996, HR3103, Sections 511-513, Public Law 104-191,

Effective 21 August 1996), I have begun to wonder about other strategies
emmigration from the U.S.

The most obvious course of action is to become a stateless person. But I
nothing of the consequences of this, not to mention the procedure for
accomplishing it.

Does anyone have any ideas on how one goes about becoming a stateless

Is statelessness merely a lack of any citizenship? Or is it an
officially recognized

How does one go about becoming a stateless person?

How does doing so affect international travel? With no country of record
issue a passport, what sort of documents does one produce at borders? Or

does some agency, such as the United Nations, issue passports to

Are there (m)any legal or tax consequences of becoming stateless?

Any answers or suggestions for further investigation would be

Ciao for now,