If you’re tired of your government and seeking a new, futuristic opportunity, maybe it’s time to set sails for the floating Pacific island powered by cryptocurrency! Seemingly straight out of a science fiction novel, political scientists are experimenting with the idea of a floating, self-sustaining island that acts as its own ecosystem.
A Big Idea
Political scientist and researcher, Nathalie Mezza-Garcia, and companies like Blue Frontiers and Seasteading Institute are leading the way on a fantastical idea.
A self-proclaimed “seavangalesse”, Mezza-Garcia sees a manmade island as a viable option for people that are dissatisfied with their current government, refugees, or people simply seeking a change.
The French Polynesia government is in support of the project and will allow it to be built in their waters. The French Polynesia area was chosen for a significant ecological reason.
“This is the region where land is resting on coral and will disappear with rising sea levels,” Mezza-Garcia said.
The Plan To Build A Floating Island
The plan is to build 300 homes on the self-governed island and to use a cryptocurrency such as Varyon.
Governments will serve as service providers, but nothing more.
“If you don’t want to live under a particular government,” Mezza-Garcia said, “People will be able to just take their house and float away to another island.”
The Exciting Future Ahead
The project will cost roughly $50 million to complete and is estimated to be finished by 2022. It will be used as a benchmark for future projects similar to it.
“Once we can see how this first island works, we will have a proof of concept to plan for islands to house climate refugees,” she said.
Would you live on a floating island like this? It might seem pretty spacey, but it also could be a viable option for climate change and sea levels rising.