The quest for survival and the instinct to prepare for unforeseen adversities is inherent in all of us. But when the world’s elite start making contingency plans, it’s worth paying attention. The recent revelation about Gabe Bankman-Fried’s intentions to acquire the Pacific Island of Nauru for apocalyptic preparation has ignited a firestorm of curiosity and concern.

Gabe, a top lobbyist for FTX and younger brother of the infamous crypto magnate Sam Bankman-Fried, didn’t just want to buy Nauru as a holiday retreat. His vision was far more profound and, for many, unsettling. The leaked memo, made public in July, painted a vivid picture: Gabe intended to construct a bunker on the island, not just as a refuge from potential global catastrophes but as a base for advanced ‘human genetic enhancement.’

The specific details outlined in the memo are nothing short of jaw-dropping. Gabe’s plan was to purchase Nauru and build a ‘bunker/shelter’ that would serve as a haven during a catastrophic event where a significant portion of the global population could be wiped out. His goal was to ensure the survival of most EAs (effective altruists) – a term that raises its own set of questions.

One might wonder why Nauru? An isolated Pacific Island with a current population of 13,000, Nauru’s strategic importance in this grand plan becomes evident when considering its isolation and manageable size. But Gabe’s vision went beyond mere survival. The post-apocalyptic Nauru, under his guidance, would become a hub for pioneering genetic research, leading to the development of ‘sensible regulation around human genetic enhancement.’ Clearly, Gabe believed that with sovereignty over a nation, the possibilities were limitless.

As the news spread, it was impossible to ignore the backdrop against which this revelation came to light. FTX, once a towering figure in the cryptocurrency market, faced a catastrophic collapse in November 2022. Over a million customers were left grappling with losses amounting to a staggering $9 billion. The downfall of FTX, spearheaded by Sam Bankman-Fried, unfolded dramatically over ten days, fueled by doubts over its financial stability and subsequent actions by rival firms.

Sam’s rapid descent from a crypto kingpin to a defendant awaiting trial is a story of ambition, hubris, and the volatile nature of the crypto world. After FTX’s bankruptcy filing and his extradition from The Bahamas to New York, the once-mighty entrepreneur found himself under house arrest, with stringent conditions, at his parents’ residence in Palo Alto, California.

The upcoming trial promises more revelations, as former FTX executives turn state witnesses. Ryan Salame’s guilty plea to making illegal campaign contributions adds another layer to the intricate web of allegations against Sam. As the courtroom drama is set to unfold, the world will be watching closely, not just for the fate of the Bankman-Fried brothers but for insights into the secretive preparations and intentions of the world’s elite.


In a world increasingly defined by uncertainty, the actions of influential figures like the Bankman-Fried brothers serve as a stark reminder: while most of us go about our daily lives, there are those who are preparing, in grand fashion, for eventualities we can scarcely imagine. The question remains: What do they know that we don’t?

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