Investor Tim Draper has submitted a proposal to the California state attorney’s office; seeking approval on the splitting of the state into 6 separate states which would facilitate easier governance.
Draper is pushing for this measure to receive 1 million signatures so that it will be on the voter’s ballot by next November.
The technology investor said: “Something’s not working in our state, and I’m convinced that it is with the existing system, the existing breadth of industry and varying interests. California is untenable and un-governable.”
Draper said that the interests of the federal defense community, entertainment industry and tech corporations will pave “the best path for Californians” under these new states to ensure a “balance [of] the interests of people who have very divergent goals and aspirations.”
This new version of California would be broken up into:
• Jefferson, in the far north
• Northern California
• Central California, in the east
• Silicon Valley to include San Francisco and San Jose
• West California to include Santa Barbara and Los Angeles
Draper said: “Six Californias is an opportunity for Californians to get a fresh start, an opportunity to build new platforms for growth and prosperity, an opportunity to be awesome. The status quo is dying and sucking the life out of us, but Californians are still the greatest, most innovative people on the planet, and I ask them to innovate their government back to prosperity.”
Speaking to media, Draper explained the reason for this split: “1) It is about time California was properly represented with Senators in Washington. Now our number of Senators per person will be about average. 2) Competition is good, monopolies are bad. This initiative encourages more competition and less monopolistic power. Like all competitive systems, costs will be lower and service will be better. 3) Each new state can start fresh. From a new crowd sourced state flower to a more relevant constitution. 4) Decisions can be more relevant to the population. The regulations in one new state are not appropriate for another. 5) Individuals can move between states more freely.”
Balaji Srinivasan, venture capitalist, suggested that Silicon Valley become “an opt-in society, ultimately outside the United States, run by technology.”
Late 2012, Blueseed announced that plans to launch a floating city 12 nautical miles off the coast of California.
Blueseed is expected to revamp a cruise ship or barge to create the off-shore city.
It will sit in international waters and be a metropolis where foreign and American workers can conduct business and theorize new corporations without the pesky need for American work visas.
The sustainable design of the ship will allow for an environmentally-friendly workplace.
Only passports will be needed for businesses to work from the ship. Being situated in international waters means that no taxes will be collected or have to be paid by the corporations involved.
Those living on the ship and working on the mainland will be given temporary or tourist visas through investors, partners and collaborators.
Sitting just across from Silicon Valley, this floating city will allow entrepreneurs to do what they cannot do in the US because of business restrictions.
The ship will showcase all the luxuries of the Elite, including pools, massage parlors, gyms, rock climbing walls and indoor soccer fields as well as trendy food and other aesthetics. Food and supplies will be provided by local merchants and corporations on the West coast.
Employees can use either a ferry or helicopter ride to and from Blueseed to the mainland. With more than 250 corporations wanting to rent space, the cost of a standard cabin is estimated to be $1,600 per month. Start-ups in the US, India, the UK, Australia, Canada and Spain are eager to be part of this endeavor.
The founders of Blueseed have worked for the Seasteading Institute.
Blueseed is a concept for “new sovereign nations built on oil-rig-type platforms anchored in international waters — free from the regulation, laws, and moral suasion of any landlocked country. . . They’d be small city-states at first, although the aim is to have tens of millions of seasteading residents by 2050.”
Peter Thiel is , heading the offshore gang of nation-states may reflect the invention of a radical movement toward publicly establishing the global Elite as supreme rule. By rewriting political systems with the advent of floating cities, these independent nations could be allowed to “offer people the opportunity to peacefully test new ideas about how to live together.”
The Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) could become the most valid international document with regard to seasteading. LOST binds the US to UN tribunals and international mandates, and these international mandates do not have the best interests of the US in mind. LOST could assist seasteading in becoming legitimate as sovereign nation-states.
The International Tribunal of LOST (ITLOS) which has binding authority over all treaty participants under Annex 8. Although there are many tribunals created within the treaty, one of particular interest is the Special Arbitral Tribunal (SAT). This is defined as a 5 person body with majority rule. Each party to a dispute within SAT chooses 2 representative panelists. The fifth panelist, if both parties cannot agree to who it should be, is decided by the UN Secretary General.
Should seasteading become the norm, LOST would be relevant and applicable regardless of its ratification in the US Congress.
The Seasteading Institute collaborates ideas for potions for governments as the option of floating cities provides new avenues of living and ultimately controlling the population. Offering business opportunities for venture captiol and startups to invest and participate in seasteading extends real estate markets, economies of countries and creates a new level of diplomacy.
Research into engineerings, science and technology would not be constrained by laws and regulations that are imposed on the mainland.
Slated for 2015, the Seasteading Institute expects to have manufactured the first independent city-state guided by internation provisions and not responsible to any established country or sovereignty.
Moving the multi-national corporations offshore and into international water alleviates the jurisdiction of these megaliths from all known and established governments. Perhaps replacing sovereign nations would be the corporate-establishment where the floating city could be socially and technologically influenced and directed by the corporate-industrial complex.
Nation states created by Google, Microsoft or Facebook that owed no answer to the US could create such an over-reaching monster that the necessity of established governments could fall to the way side.
Off-shoots of the Seasteading Institute are forming around the world at technological universities to force the American corporation to remain competitive. Focusing on eco-sustainability and making money, the Seasteading Institute want to take advantage of the ocean as an untapped real estate resource.