Re: Creating new states

From: Robert Bradbury (
Date: Sat Jan 15 2000 - 16:41:32 MST

On Sat, 15 Jan 2000 wrote:

> In a message dated 1/11/00 1:36:58 AM Central Standard Time,
> writes:
> > The Gulf is a nice place to put
> > an island.)
> ... commented on the problems of building within Exclusive Economic Zones...

Ok, Greg, I'll bite on this one. Is there an instance of an oil platform
in the world that is not within an EEZ? If so, who owns it, what legal
jurisdiction does it fall under and were the corporations clever enough
to create some offshore subsidiary as the owner to shelter any income
it might generate?

> I believe that slice is in pretty deep water ...

So what? With bio/nanotech you are better off building a floating
island anyway. This of course segues into a fundamental question of
when does the oil platform you are towing around become an "independent"
land mass? Do you simply have to tie it down to the bottom or do you
need to convert some large fraction of the material below it into coral?

I guess this is related to the question of -- if a volcanic island
arises in international waters -- who gets to own/claim it?

> If you created an artificial island within an existing country's EEZ,
> you'd just be adding to that country's territory under current legal
> regimes.

Exactly what we are trying to avoid...

> Gotta build your island more than 200 miles out . . .

We need to get started now on slipping into some UN treaty some
wording that "islands" grown in international waters are recognized
as independent nation-states when the following criteria are met ...


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