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What’s to prevent an existing government from interfering with a seastead?

The first seasteads will operate under the same maritime laws as existing ships, which already have considerable legal autonomy. For example, Carnival Cruise Lines’ ships fly flags from Panama and the Bahamas, and Royal Caribbean International cruise lines fly flags from Liberia. Although these companies have major operations within the United States’ territorial waters, the U.S. does not interfere very much with their operations. This is due in part to the fact that cruise lines provide jobs and revenue to the U.S. economy. If the U.S. tried to interfere too much, cruise lines would likely move their operations elsewhere. Similarly, seasteads will trade extensively with land-based businesses. People who profit from trade with seasteads will encourage their government not to interfere and drive away the seastead’s business.

Posted in: Autonomy and Sustainability

Posted on January 20, 2012 at 2:03 am


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