Through a long and tortuous chain of links and lookups1, I came upon an interesting wikipedia entry: Flag of Convenience.
Did you know that you can register a ship (an ocean-going SHIP!) in Mongolia! You can have a ship sailing around the world, carrying cargo, with a large name on the back (say) Poseidon, out of Ulan Bator. That’s crazy.
At least if you’re registered in Bolivia (which is also landlocked last time I checked), you’re only 100 miles from the ocean. Mongolia’s nearest large body of water is Lake Baikal.
The weird stuff you learn every day really blows my noggin.
1 I’ll be posting a topic which will lend some clues as to this long and tortuous chain at a later date.