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On July 15th, the New Country Foundation held its first conference at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York. About 25 people attended the full day of lectures and discussions. Among the presenters, were Randy Dumse (see article elsewhere in this issue) who presented his plan for a libertarian compact. Compact members would agree to move en masse to a mutually acceptable country with a relatively small population. Formulations editor Roderick Long presented his libertarian constitution based on the concept of virtual cantons. Other speakers included Atlantis Papers author Jim Davidson, FNF President Rich Hammer, Sea Structures, Inc. Founder Richard Morris, veteran new country activist Mike Oliver and international tax expert Adam Starchild.
New Country Foundation organizers Courtney Smith and David Mayer concluded
the conference with an NCF plan for establishing a libertarian nation.
This program has two facets. The first part of the plan calls for either
the acquisition or construction of a very small piece of land in a relatively
unpopulated area. A small group of occupants would declare this land sovereign.
The new mini-state would then have the right to flag ships. Among these
ships would be one or more large-scale barges floating in international
waters just off the U.S. coast. These barges, most likely constructed from
SeaCells®, could be several square miles in area and may be clustered
together to achieve greater potential population densities. They would
be operated as condominiums, and would provide tax free living and business
opportunities for their residents.
Current Foundation Activities
New Country Foundation activists are currently focusing their attention
on the opportunity to create a new country in the horn of Africa. This
potential country could either be a simple flagging state, or it may be
able to develop into a viable economic entity in its own right. Because
actual negotiations are underway, we cannot reveal many details at this
point. However, we do hope to publish further information in a future issue
In the near future, NCF and FNF will begin to operate a home page on the World Wide Web. The web page will include back issues of New Country Foundation publications, as well as links to other pages that will be of interest to libertarians who are oriented toward creating a new country.
Currently, the following Web pages may be of interest to Formulations readers:
• The Millennial Project: Colonizing
the Galaxy in 8 Easy Steps at
http://www.csn.net/~mtsavage/project/. While not
explicitly libertarian, the First Millennial
Foundation calls for the creation of sea based — and later space
based — cities that would be independent
of existing governments and that would
provide a large measure of individual freedom. Back issues of the
Foundation's newsletter can be found
The Foundation's web pages also seem to have not had any recent updates.
• Indexes of other libertarian web sites may be found at World Wide Web Libertarian Pages (http://www.libertarian.com/wwlp/index2.html) and on Free Market.COM (http://www.free-market. com/index.html). Both indexes are current. D
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