All microstates of significance, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Jersey, Isle of Man, Bermuda, Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, appear to have collegial relationships with their sponsor nation and the community of nations, in general. So, for the most part, microstates do not appear to be something that should be feared. In fact, I am about to argue that the larger nations should all develop processes that allow disaffected groups to create microstates. By doing so, the large nations will be legitimzing their claim to sovereignty and also will likely lower the cultural friction within their population.
The process should include the following:
- The microstate will buy land that it will occupy from current owners.
- It will compensate any current residents who do not want to be part of the new microstate.
- The microstate and the sponsor state will negotiate an arrangement by which the sponsor state will provide certain services to the microstate at a negotiated price and will retain certain rights of sovereignty while relinquishing others.
- The microstate will likley need to enter into an ongoing payment to compensate the sponsor state for its loss of sovereignty and taxing authority.
- A series of treaties will be executed, such as visa requirements, trade status, etc.
To date, microstates have been comprised of ethnic minorities within the sponsor states. However, as new microstates form, they will be comprised of international populations with shared cultural, social, political and economic values. The first of these are the planned Libertarian city-states in Honduras. This will often create a practical benefit to sponsored microstates. These microstates will be comprised of an International population who have achieved, 'live anywhere' Information Age incomes. They will become a very lucrative, new trading partner.
New technologies in desalination and alternative energies, such as OTEC and EGS, are making coastal, arid land that historically has been uninhabitable or sparsely populated very attractive for microstates. Public water use in the U.S. is between 200 and 250 cubic meters per year per capita. Desalination costs about $0.30 per cubic meter more than groundwater or about $60 to $75 per year per capita. For an Information Age community, that averages 600,000 USD per year household income that is not significant.
This suggests that Australia, Mexico, Chile, South Africa, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, et alia, are all very attractive locations for microstates. Again, the new microstates are likely to be comprised of populations that have values very different from the prevailing values of Liberal Democracies. These will include, but not be limited to Marxists, Libertarians, Gaians, Polyamorists, Polymathicans, Pagans, Eugenicists, Transhumanists, Zeitgeist, etc.
We are entering a period when a profound transformation from an Industrial Age civilization to an Information Age civilization will take place. Microstates can be crucibles for social, political, economic and cultural experimentation. They can try new combinations that would be too radical and risky a departure from current institutions. However, they can be tested safely on smaller scales.
This is an exciting opportunity for thoughtful and intellectually disciplined people to engage in a mutual exploration of the possibilities of mirostates. For those who wish to participate, we have created a closed Facebook group. If you are interested in participating, please message me in Facebook or e-mail me at DoctorPolymath@yahoo.com.