I know this is an absolute waste of my time, (and probably a waste of your time if you are reading this), but I have been following the progress of Liberland (http://www.liberland.org). As a vice I think it is harmless. Liberland is an impractical undertaking, but it has my attention because it attracted 300,000 applications for citizenship. The concept of Liberland is to claim a 3 square mile bit of land on the Danube between Serbia and Croatia that neither country claims for some odd reason, and is now effectively a no-man’s-land.
I have been thinking more about this project and it is clear that it is doable. Not necessarily in the “no man’s” land between Croatia and Serbia without their prior approval, and not as a “free market libertarian” free for all, but it would be possible under different circumstances.
First of all the territory would have to be completely open either by permission of the host country, agreement by the neighbors of some disputed territory, or by circumstances. I cannot imagine any circumstances presenting themselves other than man made islands out in international waters. I think this is possible but it raises the price and technical complexity of such an operation immensely. I think it would be better to look at permission or agreement. I am sure it would be possible to set up an independent or at least autonomous system on some remote island or territory at the permission of the country. (This is the concept around which Startup Cities Institute is focused upon — formerly Free Cities: http://www.startupcities.org/) The location might not be initially appealing or advantageous but look at Hong Kong. A more miserable place would have been hard to find. But stability (in the form British ships and troops), rule of law, and money attracted people from all around the world.
The next issue is who to attract/invite. Not the unemployed libertarian philosophy students from around the world (who seem to be flocking to Liberland in the hope of being able to continue talking about libertarianism without actually ever having to work). The first 10,000 citizenships should be auctioned off in tranches of 500 to 1000 a batch sometime between preliminary authorization from the host country but prior to any actual settling. These citizenships would involve a financial risk so only the wealthy would buy them and probably at a great discount to what could be charged after the system is up and running. This will give seed money to the organization, create buzz as the citizenships are auctioned off on the Internet, and provide a viable group of entrepreneurs who are willing to put their money where their mouth is while at the same time getting prospective citizenship at a fraction of what it will cost afterward (or elsewhere). Toss in a few eccentric billionaires, and you could have a real project.
I know… I could be more productive collecting toothpicks with images of Jesus on them, but as I said before, as far as vices go this is rather harmless.