A haven is a place of safety; a refuge or sanctuary.

Examples of havens include the following:

  • A data haven is a refuge for uninterrupted or unregulated data.
  • A tax haven is a state, country or territory where certain taxes are levied at a low rate or not at all.
  • A corporate haven is a jurisdiction with laws friendly to corporations thereby encouraging them to choose that jurisdiction as a legal domicile.

The concept of a haven was utilized by Liquid Ocelot for his "Outer Haven," based on the original Outer Heaven, and also used as the name of his warship. In addition, because of the Patriots' actions and motives back in 2009, one of their AIs, GW, had unintentionally become a data haven, something that Ocelot attempted to exploit to eliminate the Patriots.

Unconfirmed name usage

The following information has been detailed in official Konami-licensed media, written by various external authors. Its status in the Metal Gear canon is unconfirmed.[?]

"Haven" was the name of the island on which Meryl Silverburgh and Johnny Sasaki married, as well as the place in which Sunny met her first outdoor friend. The island was a place where corporations went to avoid paying national taxes and located servers to ensure the physical safety of data that they didn't intend to have in their own countries. A population of a few thousand made up of these corporations, and was small enough to be considered a nation in name only.

Behind the scenes

The Project Itoh novelization for Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, names the island, on which Meryl and Johnny marry, as "Haven." The location appears in the first part of the epilogue Naked Sin but is never named in the game itself.

According to an April 2010 message on Twitter, Hideo Kojima commented that the idea of "Haven" in Metal Gear Solid 4 was inspired by something his son had learned at primary school, regarding HavenCo.[1] HavenCo was a data hosting services company stationed in Sealand, which has been described as the world's smallest nation.

Haven was also the name of a DLC OctoCamo uniform. When used, it allows the player to have a 99% camo index when standing still. However, this is comes at the expense of lowering life and psyche twice as fast as normal.

Notes and references

  1. ^
    "In MGS4 we used the idea of “Haven” for the theme in the game. This idea came from the information my son, at the time was in elementary school, gave me. He asked “Dad, do you know the name of the smallest country in the world?” and lectured me about “HavenCo” which was in the news at the time. From there, I researched about it and an idea starting brewing naturally in my head."
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