I’ve been working for over a year on a new version of the Seasteading book, incorporating all we’ve learned since starting TSI. Book progress has been very slow given my many duties at TSI, like [raising the funds to keep the organization alive](http://www.seasteading.org/donations). However it has become increasingly clear from discussions how vital and urgent it is to have a detailed, up-to-date motivation and strategy compiled into one polished piece. We may do a good job of communicating our core vision – **startup countries in international waters** – but the full detail behind that vision basically lives in just one place right now – my head. This results in frequent misinterpretations of our strategy and me answering the same questions again and again, which is not effective.
On the [floating-festival mailing-list](http://groups.google.com/group/floating-festival/browse_thread/thread/49ceb94e96bf7390) – now turned mostly to a marine hackerspace / bay area seasteading community list – Matt Bell asks some basic questions. Really, all these questions should be answered in a book, or a “How To Seastead” guide, but [our versions of those](http://www.seasteading.org/seastead.org/book_beta/index.html) are about 8 years old and badly in need of update.
The Seasteading Institute is still seeking an Oceanography Researcher who can identify specific regions best suited for the progression of seasteading. Here’s our Executive Director with some thoughts on how we could scale down the project to make recruiting easier while still getting useful information:
The cruise market together with flotel market represents the “natural” market where accommodation in vessels is offered to potential clients. While a flotel vessel is located for long periods of time in a fixed position (at harbor or in the middle of the ocean), a cruise vessel is normally sailing from one port to another daily. Therefore, cruise market seems not to be the perfect marine structure for the establishment of autonomous ocean communities.
TSI is pleased to welcome its new Director of Engineering, George Petrie. George’s ongoing presence will enable TSI to increase its engineering output, making this partnership a critical milestone toward realizing the seasteading vision.
Jody Shapiro’s new documentary “How To Start Your Own Country” features Patri Friedman in a centerpiece interview. Set to premiere September 11 at the Toronto Film Festival, it focuses on micro-nations, principalities, and freedom movements across the world and uses comedy to raise serious questions about what it means to be a country, a topic that will only become more relevant as the seasteading movements gains momentum.
Short video with clips from a talk Patri gave at UCSD for YAL and some thoughts from host Simeon Morris on student reactions and the idea of seasteading: