Free Country Projects

How to Start Your Own Country: A Primer
March 7, 2011
by Tim Murphy
"I found this book that was written by Erwin Strauss called How to Start Your Own Country. I just thought it was this incredible idea—I had no idea that people around the world were actually doing this."

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Free Nation Foundation

About the Free Nation Foundation
A description of the purpose and activities of the Free Nation Foundation.

Apocalypse Anytime
by Richard O. Hammer
An argument for joining the Free Nation Foundation.

Dialog: The Benefits of Writing about a Free Nation
by Roy Halliday and Richard Hammer
Writing for a libertarian audience has some advantages.

Life Without Lice!?
by Richard O. Hammer
Explains the Free Nation Foundation's work plan.

Problem X
by Richard O. Hammer
Another reason for joining the Free Nation Foundation.

Stand Up
by Richard Hammer
Another argument for joining the Free Nation Foundation.

A Theory for Libertarianism
by Richard O. Hammer
A unified field theory of libertarianism.

Toward a Free Nation
by Richard O. Hammer
We who want liberty should build our own nation. We have enough resources to do it if we join together.

We Huddle for a Purpose
by Richard O. Hammer
A football-team analogy to explain the purpose of the Free Nation Foundation.

Why FNF? A Personal Exposé
by Richard O. Hammer
Rich Hammer explains why he created the Free Nation Foundation.

Why Not a New Hong Kong?
by Richard O. Hammer
Questions and answers about the work of the Free Nation Foundation.

Win-Win Society is Possible
by Richard O. Hammer
Argues that a successful human society can be built almost entirely with voluntary, win-win interactions.

Free State Project

101 Reasons to Move to New Hampshire
"The purpose of this page is to highlight reasons why New Hampshire was chosen as the destination of the Free State Project and give you a sense of what you’ll be gaining by moving there. Topics covered are New Hampshire's government, politics, economy, geography, and quality of life."

Come home to the Free State
November 7, 2010
by Mike Ruff
"We Agorists and similar folks have been steadily growing the free market economy here in The Shire, and succeeding in our economic and social activism."

Freedom in One State: The Free State Project
April 3, 2012
by Bill Walker
"The Free State Project has not officially even begun. The original idea from Jason Sorens was that AFTER we got 20,000 activists to sign up, then the move to the chosen state would begin.The results of our tiny band of early movers show that the full-scale Free State Project would work if it were really tried. Libertarians and ancaps around the country should consider joining us and actually winning elections and repealing laws, rather than fighting outnumbered and unheard, or worse yet just yelling at your TVs."

Free State Blogs
"The Free State Blogs Mission: •Provide "boots-on-the-ground" information about what's going on in the Free State of New Hampshire
•Provide positive community feedback to those who are thinking about moving to the Free State

The Free State Project
by Jason P. Sorens
"The Free State Project is a plan by which a critical mass of liberty-minded voters will relocate to an underpopulated state and electorally take control of the state government. From that point we will not only eradicate authoritarian state laws, but slowly wean ourselves off federal control, until we reach a satisfactory level of autonomy, whether independence or something less."

Moving to the Free(er) State
by Bill Walker
"Would you like a big tax cut? Would you like your state government to uphold the Second Amendment? Would you like to have neighbors with Ron Paul signs in their yard? You don’t have to be a billionaire with a great tax accountant, or have your own Caribbean nation… you just have to move to New Hampshire."

Revolt of the Porcupines!
by Brian Doherty
"But whether or not the FSP ever hits its target membership goal, much less turns New Hampshire into a libertarian paradise, it retains real significance as a thought experiment. It forces people to confront the reality of how much they are willing to sacrifice for their notions about political liberty—and how much people with different grievances against government might have in common."

Taking Liberty: Government, Political Activism, and the State of the Free State Project
by Josh Eboch
"Since 2001, the Free State Project has evolved from an online forum to a legitimate political movement. What have they achieved in New Hampshire, and what happens next?"

Operation Atlantis

From Upstate New York to the Horn of Africa: Some people talk about what a free society would look like. Others try to build one.
by Spencer MacCallum
Outlines the history of Werner Stiefel's Atlantis project to build a freeport at sea, Spencer MacCallum's role in the evolution of a model lease for a multi-tenant income property, and the adoption of this model lease by Michael van Notten as the basic software for his Somali Freeport project. It ends with a series of questions and answers about the practicalities of a multi-tenant community operating on a business basis to provide public goods without a state.

Operation Atlantis and the Radical Libertarian Alliance
by Roy Halliday
Memories of attempts to create a libertarian nation in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Werner K. Stiefel's Pursuit of a Practicum of Freedom
by Spencer Heath MacCallum
"The most imaginative aspect of Atlantis was that the provision of governmental services would be a business in and of itself, creating value in the competitive market and subsisting on the market revenues those values induced. There would be no need to appeal to philanthropy or to practice taxation. Because the provision of public goods would be a business, specifically that of a multi-tenant income property writ large, taxation of the residents would be intolerable, anathema to the enterprise because destructive of the values on which it depended."

REAL Limón

Observations upon the Limón REAL Proposal, Costa Rica
by Richard Hammer and Rigoberto Stewart
A dialog on Rigoberto Sterwat's proposal to create a free province in Costa Rica.

The REAL Limón Project
by Rigoberto Stewart
A description of the plans for changing the Province of Limon, Costa Rica, into an autonomous region governed by libertarian laws.

Somalia

Ancap Mog
by Bryce Bigwood
Assessment of the level of market anarchy in Mogadishu, Somalia.

The Answer for Africa
by Shafer Parker
Anarcho-capitalism, of course, as Somalia shows.

From Upstate New York to the Horn of Africa: Some people talk about what a free society would look like. Others try to build one.
by Spencer MacCallum
Outlines the history of Werner Stiefel's Atlantis project to build a freeport at sea, Spencer MacCallum's role in the evolution of a model lease for a multi-tenant income property, and the adoption of this model lease by Michael van Notten as the basic software for his Somali Freeport project. It ends with a series of questions and answers about the practicalities of a multi-tenant community operating on a business basis to provide public goods without a state.

Is Somalia a model?
by Alan Bock
"The conventional wisdom during periods of transition -- or revolution if the term is appropriate, as may well be -- is that the most important priority is to establish order. ... So U.S. military people -- subject to possible problems from 'pockets of resistance,' a marvelous military euphemism meaning, as nearly as I can figure it out, guys with guns who want to kill you -- are to be the establishers and keepers of order, through force exercised as a de facto, if not necessarily de jure just yet, central government." (04/29/03)

Somaliland: Some Useful Background
by Marc D. Joffe
A review of The Road to Hell by Michael Maren. This book provides historical background about people who are willing to host some sort of autonomous libertarian zone in Somaliland.

Toward a New Country in East Africa
"Somaliland has the land and the sovereignty that libertarians are seeking. The libertarians can bring about the political and economic development that Somaliland is seeking. Therefore, new country advocates and Somaliland can be--and will be--ideal partners."

Other Free Country Projects

Another New Country Project Emerges
by Ian Sawyer and Richard Hammer
A status report on the changes in plans for what was the New Utopia project.

Creating Paradise
by Jeff Wrobel
"One of the greatest, though unsung, heroes of the Marshall Islands is my friend Gene Savage. With one simple act, he altered the existence of the entire population of a remote island, changing it from a living hell into a peaceful near-utopia."

Freedom Ship Project
by Wayne Dawson
A report on a proposal to build the world's largest ship and to run it as a free city.

In Search of the Promised Gulch
by Wendy McElroy
"19th century America was the heyday of 'utopian communities', a concept that is returning in popularity. The utopian communities embodied and expressed a gamut of ideals, including economic, sexual and religious ones. Some of the societies were libertarian in that they emphasized individualism both as a theory and as a method of organization."

Laissez-Faire City
October 28, 2001
by Patri Friedman
"LFC has since been dissolved, with the particular individual and style of business which concerned me being the major reason."

The Living Universe Foundation
"The Living Universe Foundation seeks to bring the galaxy alive with life from Earth, while healing the damage that humanity has already inflicted upon the Earth. We believe that expansion into space in the immediate future is a step towards accomplishing this aim."

Looking back
January 26, 2011
by Claire Wolfe
"Few days ago, for reasons that escape me, I got curious about the fate of Laissez Faire City. If you’ve been around a while you might remember LFC as a hopeful and apparently well-funded effort to build a libertarian community in Costa Rica. That is, a hopeful, well-funded, and unfortunately badly “mis-mangled” project that died aborning."

New Country Briefs
by Marc D. Joffe
Activities of the New Country Foundation in 1995.

New Utopia
by Paul A. Rosenberg
A brief description of a project to create a free city on platforms in shallow water in the Caribbean Sea.

Plans for Liberty
by Gabe Harris
Assesses some of the projects to create a libertarian haven.

Project Profiles: New Utopia
by Marc Joffe
"New Utopia, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, hopes to establish a principality of the same name by constructing a network of platforms in shallow water somewhere off the coast of Central America."

A Report on a Visit to Laissez Faire City in Costa Rica
by John Kingman
"In August 1998, FNF Members John and Richard Kingman (brothers) traveled to San José, Costa Rica, to get a firsthand impression of the Laissez Faire City organization."

Suggestions on How to Form a Free Land Now
by Richard Rieben
". . . nothing will get done until somebody does something."

Welcome aboard a brand new country
by Alex Pell
"A utopian project part-funded by a dotcom tycoon aims to build a giant platform off the coast of San Francisco where people can live free of government regulation."

World's 1st Internet 'nation'
by Anthony C. LoBaido
Now, a new high-tech phenomenon called Sealand--a sovereign principality off the shores of the UK--threatens to change the very definitions of "sovereignty" and "empire."

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