Would you like to live on an independent nation that floated on international waters? This could be a very real possibility in 2020!
Peter Theil, founder of Paypal is leading a project to create a floating nation that is able to operate within its own laws. This will be the world’s very first floating nation and will be located in the Pacific Ocean off of the island of Tahiti. This project is being carried out by Seasteading Institute which is a nonprofit with a very diverse team of global marine biologists, aquaculture farmers, medical researchers, nautical engineers, investors, and so forth.
This first island is being funded by a coin offering. Coin offerings are a way for startups and online projects to raise money without selling stock or something of the sort. It is essentially a new form of crowdfunding. This new concept is actually gaining a lot of popularity in Silicon Valley.
The nonprofit is hoping to raise around 60 million dollars by 2020 in order to build a dozen buildings. The first city will be built on a network of 11 rectangular and five-sided platforms so it could be rearranged according to its inhabitants’ needs. I guess you could call it a floating puzzle of some sort. These platforms will be made from reinforced concrete and are hopefully going to support three-story buildings and so forth for up to 100 years.
Joe Quirk, president of the Seasteading Institute set out his vision before all of this in a book called “Seasteading: How Floating Nations Will Restore The Environment, Enrich The Poor, Cure The Sick and Liberate Humanity From Politicians.” According to the Sun, he says he hopes there will be thousands of floating nations by 2050. Nations populated by people who want to set their own rules and live free of meddlesome bosses and politicians. Wouldn’t a place that ‘liberated humanity from politicians’ be marvelous?
Randolph Hencken, executive director of the Institute said the following back when plans were released:
“What we’re interested in is societal choice and having a location where we can try things that haven’t been tried before. I don’t think it will be that dramatically radical in the first renditions.”
“We were looking for sheltered waters, we don’t want to be out in the open ocean – it’s technologically possible but economically outrageous to afford.”
“If we can be behind a reef break, then we can design floating platforms that are sufficient for those waters at an affordable cost. We don’t have to start from scratch as this is a pilot project.”
“They also have very stable institutions so we’re able to work with a government that wants us there, that we have respect for and they have respect for us.”
What do you think about all of this? I for one am quite excited to see how it goes. Check out some of the images below to see what it might look like once all is said and done.