How To Build Your Own Nation!

| 5/15/2009 1:53:49 PM

The Futurist CoverWhat reasonable person wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to build a small island nation all their own? Good news: According to The Futurist, “Modern land-moving technology makes it easier than ever.”

Three experts on the subject—yes, there are experts on the subject—weigh in:

McKinley Conway, engineer:

Many micro-nations, Conway explains, “have been launched by people trying to establish modern utopias, seeking total freedom from the pressures of government or society. Others of a more practical nature have sought to set up tax havens that would attract investors. Some have looked for sites to base lotteries and gambling casinos or pirate radio transmitters.

Erwin S. Strauss, author of How to Start Your Own Country:

"Currently, international agreements generally recognize a territorial limit of 12 nautical miles from land, and an 'exclusive economic zone' extending to 200 nautical miles. The zone provision is focused on securing rights to fishing as well as oil and gas exploitation while allowing a “right of innocent passage” to all nations’ ships; however, it’s clear that most nations would interpret this as precluding the establishment of any independent entity in those waters. This leaves a substantial amount of water unaccounted for, including some that is quite shallow."