One of the many motivations to seastead is that of independence from existing governments and political structures.  There has been much discussion about locating seasteads in excess of 200 nautical miles from the shores of any nation, thus creating a micro-society free from any existing political authority.  Such a setting is ideal for experimenting with various theories about governmental and economic systems.  However, just as experiments in the laboratory or the field can be invalidated or contaminated by factors outside the system being studied, so can seasteading efforts be captured by existing political and economic systems. We are in a world in which there are significant forces are at work to promote centralization of political authority, thus taking political power farther and farther away from both the individual and more local political units. This paper explores what measures might be necessary for a seasteading community to sustain political independence.


The Author

Mark Moore was once described by a State Senator in his home state of Arkansas as “the best policy guy in the country.” In his youth he was an Officer in the United States Navy, spending significant time at sea. Some years after his military service Mark became involved in politics, and for a short time was the State Communications Director of the Young Republicans of Arkansas.  Venturing into minor party politics, he did a stint as the State Chairman of the Constitution Party.  Even so, he was hired to be the Spokesman for Dr. Ron Paul’s 2008 Presidential Campaign in the state of Arkansas. Mark is the author of two books on Localism, one describing the policy framework necessary to sustain local autonomy and the other defending Localism conceptually from the two extreme views of government which oppose it – anarchy and the central state. Mark is currently an executive in the energy transportation industry, where he negotiates pipeline crossing agreements with state and local governments. Mark is married, with three children.



Mark Moore (2017): A Localist View: Maintaining Seastead Sovereignty in a Globally Connected World, in: Victor Tiberius (Ed.): Seasteads. Opportunities and Challenges for Small New Societies, Zurich (vdf), pp. 115-123.