Hey guys, Parthasarathi again. You might remember that a couple of months ago (or perhaps some time last year; it’s been so long since I’ve posted on this forum), I posted a thread about the lifestyle of people living on a hypothetical seastead, and since then I’ve been branching out and thinking of new stuff. This is one of those ideas. Recall that a couple of months ago, an Indian couple with their two children made headlines for making a road trip across the world. Since seasteads are meant to colonize the seas, it would be pretty awesome if we could use them to link the world. No, I’m not talking about an entire world of seasteads; rather, I’m talking about a network of seasteads that can be accessed from coastal areas of different parts of the world. And while we’re at it, let’s take a green approach to things. It would be not only impractical, but also highly irresponsible to build roads for cars or other motor vehicles that use fuels such as petrol or diesel on dwellings on the sea, as recent major oil spills have demonstrated. However, for vehicles such as electric rickshaws, or more prudently bicycles, would be perfectly suited for such a network. To demonstrate, here is a map of the world without the seastead network:
And here is a modified map with the seastead network. Please note that individual seasteads have not been drawn to scale, and have, indeed, been drawn enlarged, because this image is very small indeed. Seasteads have been colour-coded. Red seasteads link to the final destination of Japan, green indicates that the final destination is Australia, pink leads to North Korea, orange is a gateway from India to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, dark blue is the lone route from Turkey to Moldova, being a gateway to mainland Europe, cyan leads to Greenland and the Americas (including Puerto Rico and Canada), and yellow is for Australia to New Zealand. Although it would be aesthetically pleasing to any tourist, I haven’t been able to accomodate Antarctica in this map.
Of course, this is, at best, a schematic diagram. There might be additional seasteads, temporary settlements and ports. This map does not take into account factors such as border disputes, existing jurisdictions over international waters, travel time, traffic, or weather. However, this just might reduce the distance between different countries. The only potential problem I see here (leaving aside the factors I mentioned above) is that you would need a visa to visit countries outside of your continent, not to mention a rock-strong determination to complete the cycling journey over any terrain. So what do you think. Is it possible? Feasible? Much love.