In 1948, 13 years before a human had ever even been to space, James Mangan did something audacious. He tried to create a new nation – a nation in space! The Nation of Celestial Space may have started as a publicity stunt, but Mangan made sure it became more than that. He created coins, gave deeds of space to friends, and fought for his nation to be recognized by the UN. He even raised a fuss about its borders. According to him, satellites were trespassing. Mangan’s space nation was never recognized, but his ideas live on in a new space nation called Asgardia.
Castles built on sand never stand the test of time, but cities which float on water could change the world. A nonprofit group called the Seasteading Institute believes floating cities will free humanity from politicians and enrich the poor. They also believe they will be good for the environment. It sounds like something out of a science fiction film, but this isn’t just a crazy pipe dream. PayPal founder Peter Thiel is bankrolling Seasteading’s radical plans to introduce the first floating city by 2020.