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A New Hanseatic League for Space: Opportunity for an Omni-Win?

A New Hanseatic League for Space: Opportunity for an Omni-Win?

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City-states and Special Economic Zones can speed development of off-planet resources in ways that benefit all (presentation for at New Worlds Conference in Austin, Texas, November 15-16, 2019)

City-states and Special Economic Zones can speed development of off-planet resources in ways that benefit all (presentation for at New Worlds Conference in Austin, Texas, November 15-16, 2019)

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A New Hanseatic League for Space: Opportunity for an Omni-Win?

  1. 1. A NEW HANSEATIC LEAGUE FOR SPACE Opportunity for an omni- win? MARK FRAZIER NEW WORLDS CONFERENCE NOVEMBER 16, 2019 AUSTIN, TEXAS
  2. 2. TODAY’S CHALLENGES… AND AN OPPORTUNITY • Great power rivalries are intensifying • Entrepreneurs need welcoming environments • Treaties are mandating that space benefits all humanity A federation of space-based communities can offer paths through gridlock…
  3. 3. A PILGRIM’S PROGRESS 1. Discovered new country projects via Reason 2. Set up a global competition for Earthport - a freeport for commercial space launches (1976-79) 3. Worked in 50+ countries on free economic zones, technology parks, and entrepreneurial schools 4. Am now assisting projects to create community land trusts, introduce policy reforms, and promote contract-based governance
  4. 4. HANSEATIC LEAGUE 1.0 (12TH -17TH CENTURIES) • More than 100 free zones and free cities in Northern Europe created a guild-based trade federation • It rested on no central political authority – cities instead agreed on common standards for trade, money, and arbitration • The League used boycotts and sanctions against multiple predators, including powerful nations and warlords • It fell primarily because of resentments by foreign merchants towards its closed trade enclaves
  5. 5. WHY A NEW HANSEATIC LEAGUE FOR SPACE? It builds on proven precedents. On Earth, thousands of free economic zones and free cities offer high trust environments for companies to thrive. It can enable soft power competitions by a full spectrum of off-planet players. • Singapore, Dubai, Estonia, Luxembourg and other small countries can use a New Hanseatic League to offer business friendly environments on the new frontier. • Today’s dominant powers can provide opt-in economic governance solutions via the League. Space-based communities and trade hubs also can be testbeds for open source governance including Blockchain, liquid democracy, Holocracy, and other consent- based systems. The League also can create covenants to directly vest every individual on Earth with (minute but real) fractional shares in new “moonshot” ventures. More than 3500 Special Economic Zones now exist in 100+ countries
  6. 6. LAND TRUST PRECEDENTS FOR FREE CITIES IN SPACE Lifting taxes and red tape burdens has led to 5x – 50x rises in property values in free economic zones. Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Macau today hold land as a commons. They are earning tens of billions of dollars from long-term ground leases. Proceeds help fund education and social services, as well as growth dividend payments (in Macau) that go directly to residents. Similar land trust solutions can generate revenue for all space settlers – and help fund scientific and civil society initiatives to further open the frontier.
  7. 7. NEXT STEPS – 1. Spread economic governance innovations in startup societies and free zones on Earth. 2. Create mods of city-building games to simulate new governance options and growth scenarios for off- planet communities. 3. Launch virtual guilds and eResidency initiatives – after Estonia’s revenue-generating precedent – to grow grassroots support for the New Hanseatic League. We welcome your inputs – White paper: https://is.gd/NewHanseaticLeague Email: mark@startupsocieties.org

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