An island nation that told a libertarian ‘seasteading’ group it could build a floating city has pulled out of the deal

The Seasteading Institute set out on a mission to build a floating, libertarian utopia in the middle of the ocean. French Polynesia, an island nation that once agreed to let the institute develop the “seastead” off the coast of Tahiti, has now backed out of the deal. Locals in Tahiti feared that seasteading would bring tech colonialism to their shores. The project has long been criticized for its costs and eliticism.


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