The Network State

How To Start a New Country

When the brand new is unthinkable, we fight over the old. Thatโ€™s where we are today with governments, with politics, and with much of the physical world. But perhaps we can change that.

This book introduces the concept of the network state: a country you can start from your computer, a state that recruits like a startup, a nation built from the internet rather than disrupted by it.

The fundamental concept behind the network state is to assemble a digital community and organize it to crowdfund physical territory. But that territory is not in one place โ€” itโ€™s spread around the world, fully decentralized, hooked together by the internet for a common cause, much like Googleโ€™s offices or Bitcoinโ€™s miners. And because every citizen has opted in, itโ€™s a model for 100% democracy rather than the minimum threshold of consent modeled by 51% democracies.

Of course, there are countless questions that need to be answered to build something of this scope. How does a network state work socially, technically, logistically, legally, physically, financially? How could such a thing even be viable?

Thatโ€™s why you should read this book.

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