"Seasteading" is homesteading on the oceans: building new countries outside the territory of any existing government. The idea is being promoted by the Seasteading Institute. From their FAQ:Why seastead? We believe that current political systems are outdated and work poorly, for two reasons. One is the lack of a frontier - a place to go try out new forms of government (like the crazy new "democracy" which sprung up in far-off America). The other is the lack of mobility on land that happens because people are tied to buildings and buildings are fixed in place, which makes it hard to change states or countries, let alone pioneer. Seasteading fixes both of these. It opens the oceans as a new frontier for pioneering, a frontier with a fundamentally different quality - fluidity - that lets entire cities be rearranged and reshaped constantly. If you don't like your government, you can literally "Vote with your house" by detaching your seastead and sailing off to another city. In the long run, this will turn the oceans into a laboratory for innovation in social and political systems. No specific ideology is necessary: Seasteads will empower people with a wide variety of beliefs to self-govern and serve as examples (good and bad) for other societies.The Seasteading Institute is run by smart people, with computer degrees from Stanford and MIT and work experience at Google, Sun Microsystems, and PayPal. So maybe their ideas carry some weight. They've certainly thought about it more than I have; I just heard about them and found it to be fascinating reading. Is anybody interested in living in a country where the rules haven't been determined yet? Do you think a new country on the seas could "work"?