State system administrators, programmers and pirates

    Hello habra My name is Karina, and I'm a graphomaniac.

    Do you know how many micronations exist? And virtual states ?


    Over the past year, the governments of Colombia, Mozambique, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Maldives, Palau, Sierra Leone, Suriname, Vanuatu and several other tiny states have received letters from Peter Thiel, co-founder of the Seastanding Institute, and Patry Friedman, a former Google engineer and the grandson of the famous economist Milton Friedman, with a proposal on how to escape from the state in ocean waters by building his own small technological island. Or a group of islands. Floating City.

    You can read more on the project page or here .

    In science fiction, floating cities are settlements that strictly use buoyancy to remain in the atmosphere of a planet. However the term generally refers to any city that is flying, hovering, or otherwise suspended in the atmosphere.


    For a long time, I have been collecting manic stubbornness about various conflicts between the Old World and the New (let's call it the IT world), to naturally write a book. I like the retro-futuristic plans to create a city in Antarctica (just like Bryusov - yes, the classic poet wrote a short fantastic story in his best years), I also, like everyone, cry from laws that are adopted in all countries that somehow deprive us information freedom (from the public Roskom ** Zorro I also pay), I study the texts of experts on hybrid wars, comparing them with books about the civil war (White Guard, Sholokhov). I’m trying to get to the bottom of the truth in patent wars and the confrontation of copywriters and pirates (is it more proper to call a “skirmish”?).

    So much material has accumulated that the support of Evernote calls me the third person in the number of records from those who contacted support, but so far it has become clear one thing - my book should be about people who are trying to hide from anti-progressives and try to create the very New World.

    Before that, I had already met similar ideas that are trying to materialize in the real world (Google server barges, the story with the servers of the Pirate Bay, again, that story from Cryptomicon, those guys who are building a programming village near Moscow), but somehow I came across islet's blog post on this article about the Hutt River .

    Another story, closer to my idea. Already in the year 72, in the freshly created coral reefs near the island of Fiji, with the money of the American millionaire Michael Oliver, the Republic of Minev tried to establish a state full of liberal ideas. Unfortunately, they, like small dreamers from the same small parties in 17, were dispersed.

    I also found stories of microstates in collages - Eleven stories of separatism . Then it turned out that the author, Olga Lavrentieva, VKontakte also has microhistories about other under-states - Swabrania, the Order of Malta, ISIS, Dominion Melchizedek. By the way, she also decided to print these comics in small print runs and distribute them on pre-order - I highly recommend that it’s now fashionable to support good people with crowdfunding.

    My favorite story is about the guys from Sealand, who, with the help of a pair of rifles and the mistakes of a local judge, actually received recognition of independence from such a large country as England.

    Against the backdrop of all these velvet-orange-spring revolutions over the past year, rallies and protests, occupations and simply protests against prohibition, the very Friedman and Thiel from the beginning of the post are designing a floating city, the technological "island of freedom". I will cite one quotation from there that has become a feature of no return for the plot of my book (which, of course, is not written on the table).

    In the future, Floating City will consist of many islands, entire archipelagos with different governments. If you don’t like one state, you can disconnect your house from the island and sail to another. There is only one unifying principle for all island governments - libertarianism, which is based on a ban on aggressive violence. A huge number of legal systems can coexist with this principle, from democracy to communism, but there are constant values: freedom of speech, religion, sexual and political orientation; lack of total control by the state - no cameras on the streets, NSA and FSB reading your personal correspondence.

    The rest is largely dependent on the settlers. For example, if anarcho-capitalists come to power, there will be no state at all. This political movement believes that government agencies only complicate a person’s life, and antitrust laws and the tax system are aggressive violence and should be eliminated. At Floating City they will have the opportunity to test their theory. As a result, a city with a legal circulation of drugs and weapons or bitcoins as the main currency can be waiting for us.

    The authors of the project themselves do not yet have a clue what the result will be: “I want to see democracy 2.0, and maybe socialism 2.0. We just try, and then decide which system is better, ”says Randolph Hanken, director and ideologist of the Seasteading Institute.

    Utopia? Yes. Of course, “Robinson Crusoe”, and the “Village” of Kira Bulychev, and “When the system administrators ruled the Earth” from Doctorow, and “Lord of the Flies”, and that same “Beach” came to my mind right away, but - suddenly I realized that after so many years of graphomania, I want to ask you:

    How do you see such a state?

    Does he have a future?

    Maybe this will not be a state, but simply a city like Gibson's Anthill?

    Even if you don’t believe in utopia on artificial islands, where crackers and coders, prankers and siders, leppers and dwellers, architects and designers want to live, just freelancers and maybe even do without MBA managers, please write why .

    And further. You are as crazy as the 200 people from Mars Oneto go live in such a state?

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