Today we took a tour of the island and Randy adressed peoples’ questions.
On tariffs I believe the government concern was that it has to be fair. You can’t sell cartons of cigarettes to locals and such with no tariffs killing the revenue of local stores. But I believe they will treat tariffs to the seastead as autonomous but likely with some qualifiers for things such as the above example. I believe this might include materials for construction.
No FP taxes. It appears to be an economic free zone while still subject to French criminal laws.
The goal is to simplify the visa status and have it be seperate. This is likely going to be tricky as this falls under French jurisdiction.
I gave the location but will give a better site when I get my computer charged (voltage here is 220).
Geophysical? I believe the depths were as deep as 20m and some areas only 1-2m in the proposed area.
I would imagine you would have to use the flag of a nation. They did not address this.
I believe this is wide open as long as you are not breaking French criminal code.
They are also negotiating a land portion of the SE zone where they will lease waterfront land from the government for the purpose of building the seasteads.
From what I could gather, Blue Frontiers will be the company building the prototype and getting the ball rolling but they will not have a monopoly on the zone (I think, this part still confuses me a bit). The wording was that any company could participate but Blue Frontiers is positioned in such a way that it will mainly be them, but that others could likely go through the process as well (again, still fuzzy but things are still in early stages anyway so nothing is for sure).
Again. This is all just the beginning stages so things would likely change and of course politics is involved so logic should not be expected.