May 5, 2008

Name for an agglomeration of seasteads

We need a good name for a collection of seasteads attached together to form a village or city.  "A pod of seasteads" (like a group of whales) has been suggested, but I’d like to hear your ideas.  "An independence of seasteads"?  We could take the name from my proposed festival: "An ephemerisle of seasteads".

Or if one is pessimistic, perhaps "A target of seasteads" :).

10 Comments on “Name for an agglomeration of seasteads

May 5, 2008 at 7:53 pm

ha ha. That’s not pessimistic. "abandoned navigation hazard" is pessimistic.

Ryan Lackey
May 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm

There’s always the snowcrash answer….Raft.

May 6, 2008 at 2:52 am

A "school" of seasteads?

Or perhaps a "reef" or an "atoll"?

May 6, 2008 at 4:06 am


May 8, 2008 at 8:13 am

A stand of seasteads?     

I find a target of seasteads amusing. But is there any irony in trying to assign a collective noun to a multiformity of individualists?


May 8, 2008 at 3:53 pm

1. Just call it an "Island."  It’s simple, to the point, and sounds pretty good and whereas a single seastead is more technically a ship, when several of them get together they will have more of a fixed feeling.

2. Call it a "Rendezvous."  In the 19th century, mountain men, who lived most of their lives in relatively self-sufficient seclusion would get together once a year to trade goods and socialize.  They called this annual get-together a Rendezvous.  Since the idea of seasteading is to create stable but flexible communities that will naturally stay in a state of flux, I think this would be a fitting term.

May 8, 2008 at 8:32 pm

I am thinking it would be fun to call it a Gaggle of Seasteads — then if the Seasteads have to move it can be called a Skein of Seasteads while in transit. 😉

Plus it would be a nice pun considering the military slang meaning.

Especially as Wikipedia says,

A gaggle is a term of venery for a flock of geese that isn’t in flight; in flight, the group can be called a skein.

In military slang, a gaggle is an unorganized group doing nothing. In aviation, it is a large, loosely organized tactical formation of aircraft.[1]


May 9, 2008 at 8:50 am

I suppose if you wanted to be more grammatically ambiguous you could just call it "a steading"?

May 12, 2008 at 7:24 am

Having a personal affinity for corvids I suggest an "unkindness" (the proper name for a flock/group of ravens) of seasteads, or perhaps a "murder" (the proper name for a flock/group of crows) of seasteads. Chances are that either of these will be rejected for sounding harsh or antisocial, but we were asked and so I respond with my preferences.

May 19, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Keeping with the theme of Seasteading, one of openess, fairness, creativity, innovation and equality, I believe that imposing a structured naming convention would go against the grain.  I would tend to lean to a common class structure and allow for the individual groups to provide unique names once formed.  Thinking of various common naming conventions, one that popped in my head was Community-Family-Member-Unit.  Each Seastead would be a member with numerous units.  Each member Seastead would be able to name themselves.  Likewise, a grouping of members would be a Seastead family.  They too would be able to provide a unique name to their grouping of Seastead members.  And keeping within the Millenial generation and internet lingo, a grouping of families would be a Community.  The Community is the grouping of one-to-many, independantly governend, Seastead families operating under a common vision and set of values.

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