I’m not the sort of person to simply trust that everything will work out. If I’m serious about making a commitment to a seastead, financially and/or moving in, I absolutely would require information in advance about conflict resolution and legal framework well in advance of that commitment. Maybe that’s just me.
If we’re talking about a sovereign seastead then the issues multiply. Will the seastead grant citizenship? Will residents be dual citizens, retaining their original status? Will there be reciprocal travel rights? Will visas be required? Will any country even recognize the sovereign seastead?
I’m just a little guy so I won’t know for sure why Peter Thiel abandoned TSI. Experience tells me the real reason is likely not the one offered up for public consumption. Does anyone really believe the technology does not exist to create a seastead capable of housing a couple of thousand people? It would be a challenge to build and operate, but not impossible.
There are many different ideas about seasteading. The idea of creating a sovereign state in international waters may be anathema to some and the Holy Grail to others. The same can be said about a smaller development with little or no government and a more transient community. FWIW, I view the latter as little more than an RV park on the water. If that’s what you want it’s easy enough to buy a boat today and simply move from one anchorage to the next; no further development is needed.
The more I think about this, the most significant roadblocks to developing a large-scale sovereign seastead are not technological. They are legal and political: citizenship; travel reciprocity and visas; treaties with other nations; free movement of goods; legal framework and jurisprudence for citizens; global taxation issues; etc.
A project of this scale would require significant financial resources (another roadblock). If, however, favorable tax treatment for citizens can be achieved then a project becomes much more attractive for individuals and, potentially, corporations. Lots of postulations needed