19 Aug

OK, be honest, who isn’t surprised that in this crazy, post-Bioshock world, a wealthy Libertarian invests in creating an isolationist space for the elite? Peter Thiel, creator of Paypal, hasn’t quite gone to the extent of building a complete city underwater, but he is planning on creating island micro-nations free from all national laws.

Thiel’s initial investment of $1.25 million is going to establishing tiny civilizations out in international waters, where such things as building codes and taxes do not exist. The long-term goal? To have multiple seabound nations with a total population of 20 million by the year 2040. No further details of Thiel’s plan have been disclosed.

(via Details, through GamesRadar)

Would such a objectively free society be your dream destination, EGs? Or are you expecting a thousand mini-Raptures in the next few decades? Comment below!

8 thoughts on “Paypal Founder Takes The Original ‘Bioshock’ Really Seriously”

  1. I heard of this concept a couple of years ago, but I guess they are starting to actually build them now. If a lot of mini-raptures pop up, it would be cool to visit them though the ones being built right now are just going to be above the water.

    1. Well he will soon see that some laws need to exist, otherwise we will get what happened in Rapture as well as a Hobbesian world. It is a nice experiment to see if it will work.

  2. Just as long as they don’t let people like Dr. Steinman, Dr. Suchong and Fontaine in their little community then they shouldn’t have a “whole place went to hell” incident haha =P

    I love BioShock, such a cool game. Only time will tell if this works, and @Seluhir I think they’ll still have laws, it says no taxes or building codes.

    I think it would be cool if there were no taxes, alot of governments are suppose to rely on this stuff too much.

  3. This is the kind of idea that makes the Bioshock series enjoyable, because fundamentally the gameplay is nothing special. The characters sound intelligent, but they are more underpinnings of Randian philosophy than relatable human beings. Though idealism does play a big part in the Objectivist theory, so I guess that’s Levine’s intentions.

    I like the storyline, but it is a bit too overhyped. That’s not to say I won’t buy Infinite on Day One though.

    The above positions on security and law are very much correct, but as someone in Bioshock once said: Only the parasites will notice, because they have nothing better to do…

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