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      Oceania: The New Country FAQ

      1)  WHAT IS OCEANIA ABOUT?
    1.1)  History of Oceania
    1.2)  Description of Oceania
    1.3)  Capitalist paradise
    1.4)  The phases of building Oceania
    1.5)  A haven for free thought
    1.6)  A new land of justice

      2)  ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS
    2.1)  What will be the major industries in Oceania?
    2.2)  What will be the cost and size of Oceania?
    2.3)  What is the status of the model?
    2.4)  Why not buy an island?
    2.5)  Is drug use legal in Oceania?
    2.6)  Where will Oceania be located?
    2.7)  Can people be extradited from Oceania?
    2.8)  Can I visit your headquarters?
    2.9)  Aren't you worried about hurricanes?
    2.10) How will construction of Oceania be financed?
    2.11) How can I help?
    2.12) How can I learn more about libertarianism
          and objectivism?
    2.13) Where did you get the name Oceania?

      3)  HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT OCEANIA?
    3.1)  Listserver/Mailing list
    3.2)  FTP site
    3.3)  WWW Site
    3.4)  alt.culture.virtual.oceania


1)  WHAT IS OCEANIA ABOUT?

1.1)  History of Oceania

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                          TO START A NEW COUNTRY....

    The Atlantis Project began in February '93, conceived shortly after 
    Tamara Clark was defeated by massive election fraud in her quest 
    for the State Senate in Nevada.  Its goal is to create a new 
    country called Oceania, with this country being constructed on an 
    artificial island in the Caribbean.

    Eric Klien, Tamara Clark's treasurer, was greatly upset to uncover
    systemic, massive, nationwide election fraud throughout the U.S. 
    and realized that the resources needed to combat it were way beyond 
    his means.  The death threats and intimidation by goons that the 
    election fraud investigation encountered were just a hint of the 
    size and power of the opposition.  Being told by the state senate 
    that they were "too tired" to review our five boxes of evidence was 
    the final blow in our attempt to get this instance of election fraud
    reversed.

    Having given up on the U.S., Eric looked for other countries with a
    bright future and found none.  So the concept of a country on the 
    sea was born.  The project rapidly picked up steam in 1993, getting
    nationwide publicity on The Art Bell Show, Details Magazine, The
    Miami Herald, Boating Magazine and more.  Worldwide publicity was
    received as well in Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, England, and
    Belgium.  Unfortunately, as the publicity increased the funds began
    to run out, and eventually the project ran out of money.  A focus 
    on donations instead of investments was its biggest mistake.  

    Slowly, after the project's collapse in April of 1994, the project 
    is being brought back to life.  At the moment the main goal of the 
    project is to pay off past debts of the project plus to keep its 
    supporters aware of the incremental progress that is being made.  
    Once the project's debts are paid off, the project will go into full
    gear again.  Eric Klien is currently undergoing numerous financial 
    ventures to rebuild the project's finances.


1.2)  Description of Oceania

    As the slogan of Oceania suggests, we're out to "Break the Chains"
    that bind us. A complete Constitution and system of Laws were 
    created early on. This way anyone involved may know about what they 
    are investing their time and money. Since this is the first time in
    modern history a new country will be formed where there was none
    before, future Oceanians have the distinct opportunity of creating a
    governmental structure from the start rather than being required to
    revolt and overthrow a previously entrenched regime. The formation 
    of Oceania is truly a peaceful way towards an ideal. Today, every
    society is hopelessly entangled in bureaucracy, corruption and/or
    outright slavery, forever muddled in the free-lunch philosophy. The
    founders of Oceania have set a course for freedom.

    Appropriately named Oceania, our new country will be a floating
    sea-city. We plan to build it about fifty miles off the coast of
    Panama in the Caribbean Sea. Hired architect, Sten Sjostrand, has
    designed this revolutionary new idea for habitation so it may grow
    almost infinitely. Our structure will consist of hexagonal, modular
    units (each about 1.60 acres). Although we believe the initial 
    layout will be a horseshoe shaped harbor, the form of Oceania will
    continually evolve. Its development should be as unique as those who
    become involved in its various enterprises.

    At the outset, Oceania's amenities will include space for light
    industry, small parks, day-care centers, theaters, schools,
    libraries, resorts, shopping malls, sports facilities and ports for
    STOL airplanes, helicopters, and ships. The government of Oceania
    will be restricted in scope, allowing you to exercise your right to
    attain and keep honestly acquired wealth, and to use it as only you
    see fit. Genuine free-enterprise (as envisioned by Adam Smith, 
    Ludwig von Mises, F. A. Hayek and Ayn Rand) will be practiced. Thus, 
    what the market will provide is limited only by the imagination.


1.3)  Capitalist paradise

    Come live in Oceania...or just visit.  Either way, there will be no
    better place on earth to do business. By its very nature, a land
    which, by law, keeps the non-productive and their government agents
    off the backs of the industrious capitalists, and more important,
    keeps the established firms from legislating its competition out of
    business, will have a thriving economy. The Law of Oceania has its
    basis in the separation of economy and state.

    The rest of the world dwells in statist dominance over its 
    productive class. Ranging from the most vicious socialist wealth-
    redistribution schemes to the over-regulated, protectionist fascist 
    economies, we are offered strangulation and enslavement at every 
    turn. In Oceania the sharks and barnacles will be in the sea, not on 
    your property!

    Upon habitation, a stock market, banking, import/export,
    manufacturing -- the whole spectrum of completely free, private
    enterprise -- will commence. Doing business is a right in Oceania; 
    no government licensure will be tolerated. Earning and keeping your
    wealth is a right in Oceania; taxation is outlawed.

    Take a minute to imagine what it would be like running your business
    (including raising capital) or making investments without the
    obnoxious interference of government bureaucrats and tax
    extortionists. Your lawyer will be hired to help you with contracts,
    not to keep you out of jail for breaking a "law". Your accountant 
    can help you attain a better bottom line... not jump through 
    government tax hoops.

    In Oceania, we celebrate unabashed free-market capitalism. If you 
    own a business, prepare to thrive in the competition. If you seek
    employment, revel in the idea of industries bidding for your 
    services with ever higher wages and benefits. If you are a 
    speculative investor, get ready to watch the wonder of the unchained 
    human spirit unfold at your feet as inventors, artists, researchers, 
    scientists -- unlimited creative thinkers -- vie for your support.

    Imagine the glorious feast of opportunity....


1.4)  The phases of building Oceania

    PHASE ONE: CONSTITUTION AND LAW

    Complete the constitution and laws of Oceania. This phase is 
    complete and these documents are currently available.

    PHASE TWO: MARKETING

    Advertise and gain support for the project. This phase is 50%
    complete. To complete this marketing phase, the model debt must be
    paid off. The free publicitiy from having a paid for, completed 
    model, would be much greater than that of all the paid advertising 
    the project has contract to date.

    PHASE THREE: ARCHITECTURE

    Design Oceania. Initial models and design cost will cost $70,000. 
    The final part of the third phase is when the blueprints are 
    completed, which will cost approximately 1% of the construction 
    costs. This phase is 50% complete and will go forward when the model 
    debt is paid off.

    PHASE FOUR: CONSTRUCTION

    Begin construction of Oceania. Once Phases One through Three are
    completed, private investors and companies will be approached for
    working capital. Then we begin the marketing and selling of "land" 
    to real estate development companies. This phase is 0% complete due 
    to burdensome "blue sky" laws involving investments.


1.5)  A haven for free thought

    Are you ready to begin living like an adult? Are you ready to take
    responsibility for your own moral choices? Are you ready to leave
    others to their own vices and habits? Are you ready to live in a
    nation where the government will not be your nanny? Or your
    neighbor's?

    Oceanians will be expected to make their own lifestyle choices.
    Government will be prohibited from "sin-taxing", "warning", "zoning"
    and censoring what you listen to, watch, read or write! Oceanians 
    are expected to be tolerant of others doing things they disapprove 
    of. This is not so hard once they realize they need not tolerate any
    unwanted associations of any kind. Any regulations will be done
    privately; private property enables us to maintain privacy.

    Your religion is yours to follow...or not. No majority-rule
    "community standards" will dictate laws over the individual or a
    congregation; you may pray as you see fit in your own house of
    worship; you may exclude the antagonizer.

    In Oceania, "Big Brother" will not even be a little cousin!


1.6)  A new land of justice

    America began with the intent of seeing that criminals who violated
    the rights to property and privacy were dealt with swiftly and
    punished accordingly. A fair trial was promised for the accused.
    Something happened along the way: The laws became more complicated
    and intrusive because lawyers and legislators were able to tamper
    with your sanctity. Things will be different in Oceania. For a crime
    to be so in our new country, there must be a victim. For a
    conviction, jurors who understand their proper rights and duties 
    will be in charge.

2)  ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS

2.1)  What will be the major industries in Oceania?

    The marketplace will determine the major industries in Oceania.  We
    guess that originally the major industries will be private banking,
    tourism, and fishing.  Medical research would also move to Oceania,
    especially recombinant biotechnology.  Finally, life extension
    technology can be pursued!


2.2)  What will be the cost and size of Oceania?

    The initial size that is planned for this project will be built to
    house approximately 10,000 to 30,000 people and the businesses and
    industry to support this population.  Of course, with the innovative
    architecture and design, the sea city will have the ability to
    expand in order to accomodate its growing population.

    We are roughly looking at one billion dollars to start 
    construction.  This will build approximately 80 hexagons and some 
    additional property development.  Most of actual construction 
    should come from business or other land development companies. 


2.3)  What is the status of the model?

    The model is completed but it is only half paid for.


2.4)  Why not buy an island?

    When the founder first considered this project, his first idea was 
    to purchase an island.  The more he investigated, the more he 
    realized that for the purposes of sovereignty, none were available 
    for purchase.  There were islands for sale, but they were still 
    under the umbrella of another government.

    He also considered ninety-nine year land leases, but ultimately the
    land would still not be its own entity with all the privileges of
    being a sovereign country.


2.5)  Is drug use legal in Oceania?

    Since those who are interested in having residence in Oceania will
    adhere to the philosophy of "My body, my business", drug use of any
    kind (even vitamins) will be left up to the individual.

    This does pose a problem when certain drugs leave Oceania soil in
    regard to relationships with other countries.  It has been written
    within the laws of Oceania that drug exportation would compromise
    national safety if the country of Oceania were used as a vehicle to
    traffic mind-altering drugs to countries which deemed them illegal.

    Those who would inhabit Oceania do not advocate one to use Oceania 
    to violate another country's laws.  This would very likely incite an
    attack against this peaceful nation.


2.6)  Where will Oceania be located?

    The site that has been chosen for Oceania is approximately fifty
    miles northeast off the coast of Panama.

    The reason for this location is: 
         a.  There has never been a hurricane in this area of the
             Caribbean in recorded history.  
         b.  The temperature is always moderate so those who live there 
             will have pleasant living conditions.  This will also 
             encourage tourism.
         c.  The water is only 100 feet deep, so it wouldn't be 
             difficult to build up the sea floor if necessary.  
         d.  This area is also near major trade routes.


2.7)  Can people be extradited from Oceania?

    For people who have been accused of crimes in other countries, if it
    is also a crime in Oceania, then the accused can be tried in Oceania
    under Oceania law.  It will be up to the jury to decide the
    punishment if the accused is found guilty.  The jury might decide on
    restitution, jail time in Oceania, or exile.

    One note of interest is that the country accusing the defendant 
    will be the actual prosecutor.  In cases where the accused is found
    innocent, the country of origin will be liable for all court costs.


2.8)  Can I visit your headquarters?

    If you would like to come visit our headquarters in Las Vegas, 
    please contact us first, so arrangements can be made.  We would be 
    more than happy to answer any questions you have about The Atlantis 
    Project.


2.9)  Aren't you worried about hurricanes?

    50 miles east of Panama is the calmer side of the Caribbean Sea.  In
    addition, the flexible and sturdy design of Oceania will allow it to
    survive hurricanes just as Sten Sjostrand's Saigon Hotel survived a
    hurricane undamaged.  Sten Sjostrand is the architect designing
    Oceania for The Atlantis Project.


2.10) How will construction of Oceania be financed?

    The construction of Oceania will be financed through selling off
    the platforms of Oceania to private investors.  A single company
    will be established to sell off these platforms, then the company
    will be dissolved once all the initial land has been sold.

    The eventual dissolution of this company is important to stop any 
    conflicts of interest that may develop.


2.11) How can I help?

    If you have the ability to work with CAD software, you can help work 
    on the CAD animation of the model.  You can also help us collect 
    source material for the CAD animation such as still pictures of 
    oceans and marine life and also sound files of oceans and marine 
    life.

    You can purchase things in our mall which is accessible via our web
    site, FTP site, and listserver.  Or you can decide to provide us 
    with new items to sell in our mall.

    You can make tax deductible contributions (send e-mail for details).

    You may read and review the constitution and laws.  Note that "no" 
    financial compensation will be given to anyone for suggestions on 
    how to improve our constitution or laws.  But Eric may decide to 
    name a street after you in the housing development he will be 
    building in Oceania.

    You may promote our web site, FTP site, and listserver.  It is felt
    that long term our web site will be our most important way in
    communicating with the public.


2.12) How can I learn more about libertarianism and objectivism?

    Read alt.politics.libertarian and alt.philosophy.objectivism.  

    Please do not send us messages asking why we think it is right that
    Oceania does not have antitrust laws, welfare, or taxes.


2.13) Where did you get the name Oceania?

    Oceania is named after the fictional totalitarian state in George
    Orwell's book _1984_.  It is hoped that the name of this country 
    will cause more people to read this book and realize how similar
    the country they currently live in is like the country of Oceania
    described in this famous book.


3)  HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT OCEANIA?

3.1)  Listserver/Mailing list

    To subscribe to our mailing list, send the message 
    SUBSCRIBE OCEANIA-L <YOUR FULL NAME> to 
    listproc@unicycle.cs.tulane.edu.

    To unsubscribe, send the message
    UNSUBSCRIBE OCEANIA-L to listproc@unicycle.cs.tulane.edu.


3.2)  FTP site

    Our FTP site is at oceania.org.  Information is stored there at 
    /pub/oceania.


3.3)  WWW Site

    Our web site is available at http://oceania.org/


3.4)  alt.culture.virtual.oceania

    Is the name of our newsgroup.

    "Why don't you have a newsgroup with the big seven?"  My friends
    David C. Lawrence/tale@uunet.uu.net and 
    Una Smith/una@minerva.cis.yale.edu are stopping a vote from 
    happening.

    If you send any messages to my friends, please tell them that you
    would prefer the name soc.culture.newcountry.oceania.  The name
    "virtual" is the pits.

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