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#1 Aug 16 2011 at 5:22 PM Rating: Good
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Who will they get to clean the toilets?

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How bad could a country where you have import absolutely everything be?
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Suppose they'll renounce their citizenship or will this be some lame thing where they come running to the US crying the first time a bored pirate visits with an RPG?

Edit: Despite the article in the OP, the Seasteading Institute's site sounds a lot more like they're just playing "country" without actually breaking loose and declaring themselves an independent nation.

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The international and national laws that affect seasteads can be complex. The applicable law depends on the citizenship of the seastead residents, the location of the seastead, the country under which the seastead is flagged, and international maritime treaties, to name a few.

This complexity raises a number of uncertainties. Under what conditions will countries interfere with a seastead's internal affairs? What legal considerations give rise to unique business opportunities? What laws and taxes apply to a seastead resident?

To answer these questions, our law and politics program investigates existing laws as they apply to seasteads, internal governance strategies (constitutions, courts, and police forces), and the legal opportunities and risks involved in operating a seastead.

Our current focus is on the issues necessary for the first seasteads to succeed, though we also perform some limited research on long-term legal issues, such as seastead sovereignty.


Billionaires and their toys...

Edited, Aug 16th 2011 6:36pm by Jophiel
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He's in for a shock, in a sense that borders on the titular.
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Imagine hundreds of these things, floating around the North Pacific, each island specialized in a different service: tech support, programming, banking, administration...
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The idea is for these countries to start from scratch--free from the laws, regulations, and moral codes of any existing place.


Isn't that almost word for word the background to bioshock?



Edit: missing word.

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Isn't almost word for word the background to bioshock?

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Details says the experiment would be "a kind of floating petri dish for implementing policies that libertarians, stymied by indifference at the voting booths, have been unable to advance: no welfare, looser building codes, no minimum wage, and few restrictions on weapons."


Holy **** he's trying to build floating Projects to get rid of all the black people.
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Isn't almost word for word the background to bioshock?
And at least three Marvel plot points.
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The idea is for these countries to start from scratch--free from the laws, regulations, and moral codes of any existing place.


Isn't almost word for word the background to bioshock?


Beat me to it. It's frighteningly close.

On a serious note: I'll believe it when I see it, but the designer in me still thinks it's kind of cool, no matter how likely it is to fail.

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I was hoping for arcologies from SimCity. Smiley: frown
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Peimei wrote:
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The idea is for these countries to start from scratch--free from the laws, regulations, and moral codes of any existing place.


Isn't almost word for word the background to bioshock?


Beat me to it. It's frighteningly close.

On a serious note: I'll believe it when I see it, but the designer in me still thinks it's kind of cool, no matter how likely it is to fail.

Edited, Aug 16th 2011 9:51pm by Eske


I beat both of you, you fuckers.

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I feel like Trotsky, or the fourth Jonas brother: written out of history by a bunch of scheming revisionists.
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I beat both of you, you fuckers.

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I feel like Trotsky, or the fourth Jonas brother: written out of history by a bunch of scheming revisionists.



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He's in for a shock, in a sense that borders on the titular.


Oh wait. I see what you did there....
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#14 Aug 17 2011 at 2:25 AM Rating: Good
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Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his own brow?

In other news, this project sounds like it would show up in something like 'Fallout'
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I suppose the middle of the ocean, with it's breathable atmosphere, is more practical than a space-station for this type of thing, but I'd rather see them go off-planet.



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Details says the experiment would be "a kind of floating petri dish for implementing policies that libertarians, stymied by indifference at the voting booths, have been unable to advance: no welfare, looser building codes, no minimum wage, and few restrictions on weapons."


Holy sh*t, he's trying to build floating Projects to get rid of all the black people.


I totally loled.

Also, am I the only one who thought that their ambition to have lower building codes is just weird?

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Also, am I the only one who thought that their ambition to have lower building codes is just weird?


Well, they said "looser", not "lower". Based on the objectivist skew of the idea, I'd wager that they're implying that building codes somehow hamper the design. That they'd rather err on the side of "design what you want" than "first and foremost, it has to be safe."

Devil's in the details with that one. It could work well enough to suit their needs, or it could be a disaster. I'd hope that at the least, they're stringent about the structural requirements for the rig that their utopia is supposed to sit on...
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#18 Aug 17 2011 at 2:48 PM Rating: Excellent
Building codes are holding them back!

Standing until proven fallen down.

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They want to build a **** funhouse.
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Also, am I the only one who thought that their ambition to have lower building codes is just weird?


Well, they said "looser", not "lower". Based on the objectivist skew of the idea, I'd wager that they're implying that building codes somehow hamper the design. That they'd rather err on the side of "design what you want" than "first and foremost, it has to be safe."

Devil's in the details with that one. It could work well enough to suit their needs, or it could be a disaster. I'd hope that at the least, they're stringent about the structural requirements for the rig that their utopia is supposed to sit on...


Buying steel to reinforce the concrete would just support overpriced union jobs in the north. Smiley: wink
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Olorinus wrote:
Also, am I the only one who thought that their ambition to have lower building codes is just weird?

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