Very good points in my opinion. Superior weather conditions, better connection to the real world, and still low expenses. The baltic region is supposedly very libertarian, which should facilitate our goals further.
Not sure about the latter point though: youd probably get in some sort of trouble if you start blocking shipping lines. International waters or not: people are going to get pissed.
Estonia has a flat 20% income tax and is a popular place for entrepreneurs to go at the moment.
The Black Sea and the Caspian Sea are two other sheltered waters that are big enough that they should have international waters in them.
About Øresund: I wasn’t thinking about blocking ship lines. If the international waters trail is 490 meter wide, a seastead could easily use some of it without blocking any ships. Because I doubt there are freighters this wide.
While a shorter term goal of this project is to establish a community and build a small model for the lake, the ultimate goal is to build a seastead to launch in the ocean off the coast of Belize, right? Have you looked into the waves there?
From the coast of Belize there is wave fetch all the way from Africa. I think you will have very big waves which will make the seastead more expensive and harder to build.
An alternative could be going for a location with access to sheltered international waters like the Mediterranean Sea or the Baltic Sea. Next to the first, you could set up in a very inexpensive African country. Next to the latter, you could set up in a fairly inexpensive Eastern European country.
Or, in the Øresund waters between Denmark and Sweden there is a 490 meter wide trail of international waters that freighters use to get to the Baltic sea. But the distance between the two countries are only 4 km. This means you could be only 2 km away from two different coasts with two different cities but still be in international waters.
This is interesting. I live nearby so I just tried to e-mail them about having a look at their house if they built any yet, but the mail returns with an error. Is it a dead company? I’ll try to call them tomorrow.