by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow
As Appearing in the Daily Sentinel
There was a time when people unhappy with their government, and no longer able to tolerate the situation, would simply go somewhere else, and set up their own new communities. That is largely the story of the western frontier, but it is no longer an option — or is it?
Today, nearly all the world’s inhabitable land is either privately owned or held by governments, no longer available for homesteading. But what if people once again had that choice?
That is a gist of a notion that has been around for several years: floating cities. It is based on the premise that oceans are the one remaining category of real estate that nobody owns, and that no government controls. So if people could colonize oceans and build cities in international waters, they could set up their own sovereign government in whatever manner pleased them.