All new countries are forged in negotiation with traditional countries, and the process always happens in steps. Building for the open ocean is technically possible, yet it is expensive and the legal status of permanent dwellings is as yet undefined in international law. Forging partnerships with host nations solves both problems and allows us to provide seasteads to more people sooner, and to learn the techniques of sea living in preparation for more ambitious goals.
We are negotiating with a number of potential host nations for maximum autonomy for seasteads in exchange for the economic and social benefits it could provide. This will allow for a proof-of-concept, and will hopefully spawn many more experiments with floating cities around the world, including those further offshore, and under different legal arrangements.
We pursue a strategy of incrementalism – breaking this huge vision down into manageable, practical steps.