Jonas (I just want to make sure I understand this correctly: You propose to build a large floating platform in the territorial waters (or EEZ) of an existing nation, and then ask that host nation to grant the floating platform insular area status?)
Response; No, my proposal would be for platforms setting on the sea floor.
Jonas (First of all, insular areas aren’t something you fill out a form and apply for. It is a designation granted to certain land masses that a country owns and just doesn’t know what to do with.)
Response; Your dealing with a bunch of lawyers. They don’t make laws concerning things that don’t exist and for all of our good intention, they still don’t exist and won’t until a proposal is made and someone makes money on the deal.
Jonas (Second, why would the host nation do that? What’s in it for them? They don’t get any territory or value out of it, and instead get a potential headache.)
Response; Money, they get money. The only way a person is a citizen of the territories (whether natural or man made) is by their passport issued by the host country. The host country has every right to expect payment for their services, say $1000 for the first year and $100 for each following year. Now multiply that times 1 million people. Plus the close proximity means more trade and more taxes on anything purchased from the main land.
Jonas (Thirdly, I don’t see a floating anything getting a status that is reserved for natural territory. You are floating, you are already designated a vessel and there is well-defined customary law dealing with vessels. You are as unlikely to get insular area status as a cruise ship would.)
Response; this is restating the first statement above. We have no idea of the likelihood of anything as it has never been tried, yet.
Jonas (Lastly, that still isn’t complete autonomy. With insular areas the rights of the citizens is granted by an act of the government of the nation that owns it. It can be taken away just as easily, or have restrictions placed on it. And you can bet that if your experiments in new forms of government or society get extreme (allowing slavery, etc) your “owners” will come down on you pretty quickly.)
Response; To keep this from happening, we will need to get more people in the territories than there are in the host nation. Kind of hard to force changes down a people throat when you are in the minority and the majority are gun owners to boot. Honestly, there is nothing to worry about, people aren’t bad, greedy sometimes but not really bad. There is an old saying from my neck of the woods, money talks, BS walks. You know how to grease the wheel, you can get almost anything done.