The military platform, dubbed Sealand, is the base of internet hosting company HavenCo which is bucking the downturn of the economy.

The company has been exploiting Sealand’s self-proclaimed sovereignty to offer an offshore data haven, free of government interference.

“We believe that people have a right to communicate freely,” said Ryan Lackey, co-founder of HavenCo. “If they want to operate certain kinds of business that don’t hurt anybody else, they should be able to do so.”