Here’s why I think nations will invest in Seasteading.
Imagine highly valuable resources sitting at the edge of your territory in international waters. Now imagine the technology that’s being developed today allows you to float a concrete platform out and let people live on it. Might a nation attempt to place that on top of resources or territory that they want. Could a floating city, even a small one be used to claim even more sea territory? We already see today China building up fake islands to broaden their claims.
This issue of using floating platforms to colonize the oceans as a means of claiming territory will cause nations to invest in ocean colonizing technology and projects. The most likely projects to be invested in by nations are deep sea mines. The reasons are obvious- valuable resources. Another reason ocean colonization will get investment from nations is the ability to place semi permanent and permanent people in shipping lanes, and in places of importance on the oceans.
The good of this is that it will allow ocean colonization based projects to move forward and even get investment or at least backing by governments. The downside is that at some point ocean colonization projects and perhaps even floating communities will be placed in places of disputed claims between nations. This will also be nothing new. Colonial Spain and czarist Russia both maintained outposts in California at one point. Nations have always sought to claim influence or territory-everywhere and anywhere they can.
What do you all think???