This page was last updated 8/07/2020

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Intro

Freedom Haven is an open-design low cost socioeconomic-freedom seasteading project in international waters which seeks to be the most affordable seasteading solution (that can offer this level of freedom) to date with the goal of having square footage of open-sea-safe living space at $316/square-foot ($50,505/TEU) paid as a 5-year lease. Supporters meet on Facebook and other platforms to collaborate gratis on the design of the main initial structure (called "New Liberty") and tax-free pseudo-anarchist government. Multiple floating and sea-floor-mounted structures containing living quarters, boat dry docks, stores, businesses, manufacturing, etc, work together to form a peaceful nation that could survive life at sea, while permanently anchored in international waters free from the jurisdiction of existing nations that lack the freedoms that we seek.

While recognition as an independent nation is not required for the success of this project, we do plan on qualifying as such a State under Article 1 of the "Montevideo Convention":

"The state as a person of international law should possess the following qualifications:

  • (a) a permanent population;
  • (b) a defined territory;
  • (c) government; and
  • (d) capacity to enter into relations with the other states."

Current Status: Gratis Designing (We are NOT ready for funding yet, but we welcome gratis contributions of knowledge and time in our design)

Designs

Current incomplete redesign (which was started on 5/16/2020). The 2d image shows phase 1 (with bow and 2 barges), and the 3d image (CAD model can be downloaded here) shows phase 3 (with bow and 6 barges).





Previous outdated visual draft notes from of our high-level design, above (click on image to enlarge). A collage of various previous New Liberty models from this design (using FreeCAD) can be viewed here and that previous model file can be downloaded here. This design ended up being too heavy and too expensive, so it was scrapped and the aforementioned redesign (above) was started.


More details are available in the discussions on the facebook group links in the "Discussion" tab.

Constitution

The Freedom Haven Constitution is an interactive web page with many features that can be found here:

The Constitution of the Provinces of Freedom Haven

Discussion

Join the discussion on our facebook groups:

  • Creating a Libertarian Seasteading Micronation - A general discussion about creating a Libertarian Seasteading nation.
  • Freedom Haven Government Role-Play - This is where we design the Freedom Haven Constitution and tackle tough government-related issues Freedom Haven may face.
  • Freedom Haven Constitution - Current draft version of our Constitution (Now with interactive HTML, audio-book versions, etc))
  • Possible Locations

    Possible sites we're considering in international waters with a seabed shallow enough to anchor at. Some examples are circled below but there are more options than these. More discussions on this at our "Creating a Libertarian Seasteading Micronation" facebook group. (Modified from original wikimedia source image)


    Plan

    The current plan has the purchase and building of New Liberty will be occurring in 4 phases, with lessons-learned from each phase likely affecting plans in the subsequent phases:

    • Phase 1 R&D 1/500th scale model (currently in process):
      • $0. This will be built out-of-pocket as the initial design gets fine tuned, 3d printed, and then built again with the correct materials and weights (as much as is possible at that small scale) for wave testing, etc.
      • Possible locations for small model: Suitable for wave tanks, pools, and maybe rivers. Small enough to carry.

    • Phase 2 R&D 1/87th (HO/H0) scale model:
      • $5 per TEU (current estimate) until all 4,000 TEUs are accounted for
      • Possible locations for larger model: Mississippi River, Ephemerisle, and other locations we're invited to. Will need to be hauled in a custom trailer we'll be constructing for this purpose.

    • Phase 3 R&D 1/10th scale model:
      • $500 per TEU (current estimate) until all 4,000 TEUs are accounted for
      • Possible locations for this massive model: Sheltered harbor/bay.

    • Phase 4 Final Structure Build:
      • $50,000 per TEU (current estimate of average – some will cost more or less depending on chosen location and weight limits) until all 4,000 TEUs are accounted for. The total price for a resulting TEU is the costs of R&D from phases 2 and 3 plus the phase 4 cost.
      • Possible locations for full scale structure: Anywhere on earth in International Waters (outside the EEZ of all existing nations). Will be built at that location (like perhaps Samsung Heavy Industries) that can offer the highest quality for the lowest price.

    About Us

    Many people from various backgrounds with unique goals have voluntarily put time and effort into this project because we seek for a similar outcome. Here are a few of those people.

    Note: Because many people in our group live in countries or in situations where the government has removed their freedom of speech, they participate incognito and choose not to be listed below. The freedom which the project of Freedom Haven seeks to obtain will directly benefit them, and I look forward to the day when they can finally be open about their work on this project.



    Iowa, USA

    Tony Olsen

    As a child and young adult, I spent a total of 6.5 years living in Germany (two of which were in former Socialist/Communist East Germany) and traveling throughout Europe. I witnessed what government oppresion does to a people and began to understand the importance of freedom and the poverty that results from not having enough of it.

    Today I see many needs in the world. At the top of the list, I see
  • refugees fleeing oppressive governments, who seek for a land of opportunity,
  • many who struggle with the rising prices and reduced quality of socialized medicine, and
  • the silencing of those who have recently lost their freedoms (like the people of Hong Kong).

  • Our planned Libertarian seastead would help to resolve those needs by providing a land of opportunity for those fleeing oppresive governments, providing a place for the free market to thrive so that healthcare can be affordable and higher quality, and giving people a safe place to be free.

    I am a software developer and a longtime Austrian economist, but have spent three years studying concrete, ship building, metallurgy, 3D modeling, international law, and anything that could be helpful in designing the seasteading community that I seek.


    California, USA

    Jia Christopher

    Jia Christopher is a long-time seasteading evangelist. Her interest in seasteading organically developed many years ago after frustration with political corruption in the United States and recognizing that experimentation of new and effective forms of government cannot happen on land, as we know it today. Jia serves as chairwoman to the Libertarian party of Placer County, California. In this role, she regularly volunteers in High Schools with voter outreach efforts to introduce the concepts of Liberty to kids, as well as organizing events, such as the Sacramento Pride Parade. Beyond politics, Jia is involved in many non-profit fundraising efforts and instilling volunteerism in her sons.


    Georgia, USA

    Gabrielle Gilliland

    I have been interested in the seasteading movement for over ten years. My main passion is how floating communities will help families.

    As my children got older, I got more involved in this movement, first as a volunteer and later hired as a Volunteer Coordinator and Assistant to the Founders at Blue Frontiers. I was also given the opportunity to be the Volunteer Coordinator and Director of Operations at The Seasteading Institute.

    I am very happy to now have moved on to being the Community Coordinator at Ocean Builders.

    I also lead an online seasteading discussion group and have made many friends in this ever growing field.

    I have found wonderful, caring, decicated people all over the world who will join us in our communities as they form.


    Arizona, USA

    Ryan Hartwig

    Facebook Insider with Project Veritas

    Ryan grew up in Mesa, Arizona and spent time in Mexico City as a volunteer with a humanitarian organization. His love for Spanish motivated him to pursue a bachelors degree in Spanish Linguistics. That expertise in Spanish led to him finding a job with Cognizant, where he monitored and moderated social media activity for Facebook throughout Latin America.

    During the 2018 Presidential Election in Mexico, Ryan noticed that then-presidential candidate Manuel Lopez Obrador's family was given preferential treatment by Facebook. When he later transferred to the North American queue, he detected a trend of policies that gave greater license to liberals while limiting the voice of conservatives.

    While at Cognizant doing work for Facebook, Ryan was targeted because of his conservative beliefs. When he shared a link to an LA times article of a peaceful protest he took part in, he was given a written warning. For those who didn't know him at work, he was rumored to be a racist Trump supporter. However, those who got to know him appreciated his caring personality and his concern for his co-workers.

    Ultimately, after noticing many such trends that favored liberal viewpoints and banned conservative ideologies, Ryan wrote a letter to several congressmen, congresswomen and senators. After no response, he then reached out Project Veritas to expose the blatant bias and misconduct he had witnessed.

    https://ryanhartwig.org/


    Minnesota, USA

    Jacob Marion

    Apartment maintenance technician and aspiring maker who’s trying to raise enthusiasm for cheap, incremental steps out into the sea.


    Utah, USA

    Dion Wood

    Owner of Open Carry UTAH- OCU (An arm of PeoplesRights.org).