Strata Goes Seasteading
By Kabeia Rineaki Brock Sutton Allen
“Despite my vested interest in the movement I was never sure what to expect at my first Seasteading event. The individuals online ran the gamut of crazy to academic. The Institute presents a clean respectable platform (pun intended) for anybody and everybody to escape land-based public governance (Translation: the alternative life of liberty on the seas. Homesteading but with more water). This professional image has been seized by detractors as indicative of the movement as pipedream of fleeing billionaires seeking another tax haven. But when I stepped through the doors of the Infinity Towers Club Lounge I was not greeted by the site pirate anarchists (though one gentleman had a magnificent beard) or robber barons. Instead what I found was an eclectic collection of industry professionals, maritime specialists, professors, and grad students. The one uniting factor seemed to be the cordial enthusiasm that permeated the well-dressed shindig.
After the initial mingling and obligatory finger foods, attendees were all brought together with the clinking of silverware on glass. We were addressed by Joe Quirk, the President of the Institute and co-author of the seminal work on Seasteading. Expressing sobering conviction punctuated by a sly sense of humor Joe gave what one could describe as the Seasteading State of the Union. Beating the plan by a year, the first Seastead had been launched by Institute associates in at an undisclosed location in international waters off the coast of Thailand. Chad and Nadia (aka Thailand Bitcoin Girl) had erected a floating concrete spar topped of with what could only be described as a white house shaped boat. We treated to footage and stories of the construction and final assembly and the exciting daily life of the cryptocurrency couple at sea.
I was impressed when informed that these Seastead units could be scaled up or down according to needs and would cost less than the average home (at $150K). But even more personal to me was the news that the next full-scale Seasteading efforts would be focused on in nations that needed it, like my homeland Kiribati. I was nearly brought to tears to think that my humble people might one day receive the much needed political and economic liberty Seasteading afforded. Before I left, I gave my heart shell necklace with “Kiribati” and flag inscribed into the woven inset to Joe Quirk who graciously accepted it and wore it for our picture. I know that the goals of Seasteading seem radical but they fulfill simple human needs to live on their own terms, to not only survive but also to thrive. And until these are not fulfilled I shall continue to share that journey with you.”