Floating Seastead City Offers Alternative Social System

floating city Seastead

Photos Courtesy of Seasteading Institute

For those of you who are growing increasingly frustrated with the government, you've probably already heard of "seasteading," — which is to live in a city floating offshore and away from any land-based jurisdiction. The idea essentially allows anyone to avoid politics all together, including taxes, and gives them the opportunity to create their own rule set to live by. Though the idea isn't entirely new, the Seasteading Institute is getting closer and closer to making it a reality.

floating city Seastead

Partly established by PayPal founder Peter Thiel, the Seasteading Institute's ambition is for the seasteads to "guarantee political freedom and thus enable experimentation with alternative social systems." According to the Independent, the development is planning on housing 225 permanent residents and 50 hotel guests. The design will essentially be interlocking boxes that allow for organic growth, allowing one to dismantle or shift them. The platforms mean that if you get in a nasty spat with your neighbor, you can have your home simply towed elsewhere.

floating city Seastead

The homes will all have terraces that give sea views, which shouldn't be that hard to execute considering you're living in a floating city. Electricity will be attained through solar energy and water for drinking and bathing will be sourced from rainwater. If you get sick (or are just tired of sea life), not to worry, because a helipad will be able to transport you to land.

For safety reasons, the initial plans may be to anchor the city inside the territorial limits of a "host" country. The institute is apparently chatting with up to five governments and is hoping to have the choice made in 2014, with residents moving in by the end of the decade.

Mila Pantovich

Mila Pantovich lives in San Diego, CA with whatever animals she is fostering at the time. With a degree in Literature/Writing and a Minor in Film Studies, she holds a marketing position at a prestigious law firm and has written for several publications, including JustLuxe, Citizine and Huffington Post. In her spare time she writes film reviews for various online publications, works on a creative n...(Read More)

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