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World's First Floating Nation Is All Set To 'Liberate Humanity From Politicians' By 2020

You have heard of start-up companies, but there will be a start-up country pretty soon as well.

A whole independent nation could soon be floating on the ocean soon enough, if everything goes well. It would be situated near Tahiti, in the Pacific Ocean, and would operate within its own laws. The project to create this new community, which is being funded by Peter Thiel, the founder of PayPal, could be well up and floating in three years.

The project is being headed by non-profit organisation Seasteading Institute, and the company’s president, Joe Quirk, has stated that this new country will conform to its own government.

He said, “Governments just don’t get better. They’re stuck in previous centuries. That’s because land incentives a violent monopoly to control it. If you could have a floating city, it would essentially be a start-up country. We can create a huge diversity of governments for a huge diversity of people.”

© Seasteading Institute

While talking to New York Times, he explained that the inspiration behind this very ambitious project came from a very unlikely source – Burning Man Festival.

“Anyone who goes to Burning Man multiple times becomes fascinated by the way that rules don’t observe their usual parameters,” he said. The estimated cost of the project is $60million which will be raised by crowdfunding and institute funds.

First Ever Floating City Is Being Constructed On The Pacific Ocean  © Seasteading Institute

The city will comprise of 11, five-sided platforms that will accommodate up to 300 people, and the construction will take place with local wood, bamboo and coconut fibre, along with recycled metal and plastic.

Now, we’ll just have to see who all will be a part of those 300 people. Honestly, why does this sound like the plot of a dystopian novel, though?

First Ever Floating City Is Being Constructed On The Pacific Ocean  © Seasteading Institute

Thiel has previously talked about the possibility of humans inhabiting the sea. “Between cyberspace and outer space lies the possibility of settling the oceans.”

In fact, even Quirk wants to start a whole floating city revolution, with hopes of having hundreds of cities by 2050.                                          

We can only wait and see if this will actually be utopia or just end up being a complete disaster.


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