Re: New Utopia
Sat, 27 Jun 1998 14:06:38 EDT

In a message dated 98-06-27 13:38:18 EDT, Randy Smith wrote:

> Apparently the founders of New Utopia are of the opinion that 100
> miles from the nearest country is the pertinent distance.
> Appended belwo is a letter taken from the New Utopia website that is
> addressed to the UN:

Yeah, I saw that and, with all due respect, they're completely WRONG. I have
few claims to distinction, but one of them is having worked on a case for TEN
YEARS that actually turned on the legal regime of the Exclsuive Economic Zone
defined in UNCLOS. The EEZ is 200 miles:

"Article 57
The exclusive economic zone shall not extend beyond 200 nautical miles from
the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial sea is measured."

Here's a map clearly showing the U.S. claim to it's EEZ:

Although there's no scale, it sure looks like 200 miles rather than 100 miles
to me. Here's another source validating the 200 mile figure:

And here's Australia's claim to 200 miles:

Finding these citations took me all of about two minutes. I know of no zone
in the ocean that is set to a 100 mile limit. Maybe these guys need to get
themselves a lawyer before they start pouring concrete.

Greg Burch <>----<>
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