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500 Hundred Years of Failed Utopias

In 1516 Saint Thomas More wrote the book Utopia, coining the term and establishing a bar for future community planners for centuries to come.  At the tail end of the 500th year since its publication, the USC Libraries system has compiled an exhibition called 500 Years of Utopia.

The exhibit focuses an an amalgam of real-world utopias and the fiction that produced them, looking at what a utopia means to society and the society that it sprung from.  More info and photos here.


Alphabet's Utopia

Alphabet, the company behind Google and its brethren, has decided to build its own city.   This technological metropolis will, of course, include Google Fiber, ubiquitous internet, self-driving cars, and all the other modern marvels Google is at the forefront of.   In designing a city, however, Google will need to embark on some decidedly non-cutting-technologies, like water supplies, sanitary sewers, garbage removal, and sidewalk repair, depending on how far into world-building they are intending to go.


The Kingdom of North Sudan

A man from Virginia promised his daughter she'd be a princess someday.   To follow through with his promise, a flag was made and a drive through the desert was planned...


The Isolationism Of Seasteading

Hippies and Randian Libertarians have all fantasized about building their own country, where they can live by their own rules, and most recently Seasteading has been the shining example of how to accomplish this. Charlie Loyd, however, brings some reality back down on the seasteading movement, and the practicality of doing what they dream of.


Prince Roy Bates Dies

The founder of the Principality of Sealand, one of the only micronations to stand on somewhat legal statues to maintain its existence, has died.  Prince Roy Bates has died in Essex, after found it as a home for pirate radio and passing through a phase of hosting offshore websites.  In between they issued passports, fought off pirates, put out fires, and otherwise showed the world that if you say it long enough and loud enough, you too could run your own nation.

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