"Energy, invincible determination with the right motive, are the levers that move the world.”--Noah Porter
In watching the men and women who make Hollywood movies like The Hobbit, and television series like Game of Thrones I am taken aback by one very obvious trait of the creators of these programs. They love the project on which they are working, and you can see it in everything they do and say when interviewed. This is inspiring as hell to someone writing a book about creating and constructing a new nation. If we can assemble a group of people as truly inspired about our project as these men and women are about their craft, there is just no way to fail. I believe we can truly move mountains. And why not, we have done it before.
In 1607 a small band of (104) English settlers landed on the Atlantic coast of the United States and built a fort, founding Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in what would become the United States of America. Why can't we do that?
Creating our own nation will not be done easily. There are literally thousands of financial and logistical problems to work out before we even put boots on the ground (as the military says) or before we are 'shovel ready' for construction. Before we reach that point we will already have accomplished several other seemingly impossible tasks:
The hard part will be over. All we will have to do then is build it, "and they will come." If we can assume the money will be there then everything else we need is about logistics, establishing what materials we need, what tasks must be done, in what order those tasks must be accomplished, et cetera. We have several immediate issues when preparing our new locale for eventual construction. Here's a summary of the basic stages we will go through.
Stage 3 (once the lights and water are on)
“Be willing to be uncomfortable. Be comfortable being uncomfortable. It may get tough, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream.”–Peter McWilliams
Notice I specifically did not title this section worker 'team' or worker 'squad' or worker 'unit', or even worker 'group'. If I'm correct in my assertion of the popularity of this project then we will have nothing short of a Volunteer Worker Army. We can do it with perhaps a hundred-man team, but if I were to guess, I would bank on at least a few hundred volunteers. If we're lucky, maybe even a thousand volunteer workers. And this massive group of volunteers will be the key to creating the foundation for our new nation.
Assuming we can amass this volunteer worker army, the most crucial element of our project, these vols will need a place to live in our new lands. That means first shelter, then sustenance, then tools, equipment, and services. As the first person likely to arrive on our new soil it logically falls on me to create a basic plan to decide what we can and can not live without. I assume we will have more young volunteers than old, since it's much easier to pick up your life and join such a crusade when you have fewer responsibilities than working men and women, and professionals supporting families. And though I am older, now in my mid-fifties, I can't be sure what kind of support we'll get from men and women my age and older until this project becomes public knowledge. Suffice it to say, since older folks have a few more needs than younger, we will make accommodation for all ages of volunteer worker who step forward to contribute. Here's my simple vision ...
Bear a few things in mind as you contemplate the basic plan. First, we'll be working on a piece of land that likely has no amenities which we ourselves have not constructed. Imagine a large open dirt field, or a block of rolling grasslands, or an area of dense jungle, or maybe a jagged, mountainous plot of land. There are no roads, no electricity, no clean water, no sewage treatment facilities. There are no restaurants, no movie theaters, no bars, no grocery markets, no drug stores, no hardware stores, no home-improvement centers, no recreation we don't personally build. We will have few vehicles, limited equipment and materials, limited transport capability, and limited support staff on site. We will basically be dropped into a construction survival situation and set to work. Once established, our volunteer worker's average day is likely to go something like this:
Not only is there likely to be no other nearby services, there will be few right there in our own camp. We'll be there not to party, not to make new friends, not to send money home to our families. We'll be there acting as the first cog in the construction of the very foundation of our new country.
Needed Camp Structures:
In addition to food and shelter, we will likely provide our workers with such basic necessities as toiletries, and warm clothing where necessary. Workers will not have to worry about showing up empty-handed and with empty pockets. If you've come to help we will make sure you're as clothed, fed, and comfortable as anyone else.
I don't believe we can have too many volunteers. It's just a matter of proper logistics. Our camp will mature as we grow larger and get better at operating under primitive conditions until we are a well-oiled machine. The more voluntary workers we have the larger we will make our accommodations and support structure. It's possible, under the concept of Fast-Rising-City, if we get a high enough level of volunteer participation, we might even work shifts around the clock and push the dream to fruition as quickly as is physically possible.
Is it possible we will have an army of volunteers to do their part in building the foundation for our new nation? Wouldn't you agree, if we can't put together enough people to push around those first shovels of dirt then we aren't really worthy of possessing a new nation in the first place, so it becomes a moot point? The United States alone is a country of 325 million people. I can't imagine there aren't thousands and thousands of you out there who think just like I do, who commit to their life projects just like I do, and who have the resolve to not only begin this project in earnest, but to see it all the way through until we're all sitting together on a grassy hillside peering down on the nation we have built with our own hands, our own blood, and our own sweat and tears. That's my take until proven wrong.
Before we can build homes and move new citizens in to our new locale it's important we get down quality infrastructure for those new citizens, who will already be taking a risk for our nation by being the first in. We will begin small, but I believe once we prove our success to the world, and particularly our brethren in the United States, our population will rise exponentially. With this in mind I believe it's necessary we plan from the start for massive, lightning-fast expansion. This means if we have reason to believe we will have 10k citizens, we plan for 50k. If membership shows we may have 100k citizens we plan for 500k. Few people are willing to take real chances with their lives, but once those early pioneers prove something to be concrete, the masses will be more willing to take small chances with their lives. It will be much easier to draw new citizens to a country with land and homes and businesses and shopping malls than to no more than a large dirt field with basic infrastructure. If those with pioneering spirit and personal resolve fill our first settlement, the masses will follow, and we need to be prepared for their arrival.
The basic construction strategy is a simple one. We begin by financing and preparing for a group of 10k residences (this number can be reduced if necessary). Using the concepts outlined in our 'Let's Talk Money' section the sales of those 10k residences to new citizens will then finance the infrastructure for the next block of 10k residences, and so on, allowing our base foundation, those residences for which we will have to initially pay up front (from our treasury), to self-replicate as we grow larger.
What types of costs are we facing for the base infrastructure for our initial 10k residences? All costs listed below are only general guidelines and will be effected by the remoteness of our nation's locale, the types of terrain where construction takes place, the effects of local water and the water table, the actual environment, the presence or lack of local wetlands, et cetera. We obviously do not yet have that information, so I'm left with making ballpark cost estimates just to give you a general, but fairly accurate and realistic idea of what challenges we will face. The following areas will make up the base 'infrastructure' needed for our first 10k residential housing units whether it is in the form of apartments, or condominiums, or town homes, or suburban homes. This section is not about housing new citizens, it is essentially about the initial cost of maintaining their presence.
Like most people who actually care about the planet, I'd like to see Altera use green, sustainable energy wherever possible. That said, I'm a realist, and since the plan is to populate our nation with as many people as fast as possible we will likely need to make less than green concessions in the early years. There are many options to create electivity and the one thing they all have in common is they are vastly expensive. Energy creation will easily be one of the largest single expenditures in creating our basic infrastructure, so there's little need in avoiding discussion of it. Like everything else we will do in Altera, let's hit it head on.
To give the reader a basis from which to work you need to know one megawatt of electricity will power an average of about (400) typical homes. Energy production options in producing that level of electricity include the following:
Ideally, admittedly with somewhat limited knowledge in this area, I'd like to see the use of geothermal technology, tapping the heat of the Earth to create steam, which then drives a turbine to create electricity. Unfortunately, this technology is fairly new, geographically specific, and very costly compared to the more popular forms of modern energy production listed above. In the end I believe we can find a happy medium between less carbon emissions, cost, and reasonable build time by using natural gas to generate our electricity in the early days. The downside to this of course is how foreign countries can hold supplies of NG over you whenever they wish and for any reason, as we've seen recently in Ukraine and Russia.
Natural gas plant construction costs in the U.S. are currently at about $1 million per megawatt of electricity produced, with one megawatt powering approximately (400) homes. At this level, we will need approximately (25) megawatts to power 10k homes (our critical mass). I believe we can do that with proper conservation in the average home (assuming our eventual locale is not covered in snow year round). Also considering our initial government, commercial, and industrial buildings we will likely need at least (30) megawatts to build a solid energy foundation from which to expand as needed. Cost: $30 million.
Geothermal energy, assuming our locale has access to such, currently runs between three to seven times that cost. Even at just three times the cost it would turn $30 million, already a vast sum in this context, into $90 million to supply the same level of electricity in our initial development. Again, it's about dealing with reality, and reality says if we aren't lucky enough for a Patriot Industry owner to step forward in this area we will need a less expensive alternative at the birth of our nation. In time, as our coffers grow or costs come down for the newer technology, we'll make the transition to the more planet-friendly options such as geothermal, wind, sun, and tide. There is also one upside to building a natural gas plant from the start. Even after we've transitioned to cleaner technology we will always have an emergency back up system when needed. I'm a big believer in having back up plans to everything.
There are many other costs in addition to the base cost of building the plants that generate our electricity. These come in the form of electrical cable, trenching, piping, concrete, et cetera. It's difficult to ascertain these secondary expenses without knowing the terrain and environment of our actual locale, but they will be on the final bill nevertheless.
As human beings, next to the air we breathe, the next most important requirement in our lives is not money, or sex, or drugs, or big fancy cars. It is clean drinking water. I don't know for the life of me how we, America, as well as the rest of the world, have contributed billions of dollars in aid to every country on the African continent yet they are still not covered in water treatment plants from shore to shore. In Altera this will be a an immediate priority as part of our basic infrastructure all across our young nation. Clean sparkling water from every tap in the country. It just amazes me this is not the foremost priority of every nation in the world.
According to Internet sources each household in the United States paid an average of $40-50 per month for water and sewage charges. I believe this is a sweet spot for Altera as well. Though we will need to finance the initial water treatment infrastructure for each area of residential construction once we put our water treatment in place it is self-supporting (via residents) and will require no further funding from our nation's coffers.
A good recent example of costs can be obtained from the city of Ames, Iowa, who have a population of approximately 60k people. Ames took four bids from private contractors to build their new water treatment plant, a fifteen-million-gallon-a-day system capable of serving a population of 100k citizens. The lowest bid to construct this facility was $52.5 million. That's $52.5 million to service a 100k population. Using our 10k residence example, and sizing down to approximately 25k Altera citizens (an average of 2.5 people per household), the cost would be one quarter of this, or approximately $13.1 million to provide our 25k new colonists with clean water.
On a side note: Imagine if the owners of this contracting company, Knutson Construction Services, builders of water treatment facilities, became an Alteran Patriot Industry champion. How much do you think Altera could save in this single $52.5 million project alone (the full Ames project)? Such is the importance of our future industry champions to step forward as early as possible.
As human beings, we have other needs in regard to maintaining proper hygiene and waste disposal. One of these is the proper handling of our sewage waste. Though outhouses and cesspits might work for our initial worker camps (and I doubt we will even use them for long) we are not savages, nor are our standards so low this will not be an immediate priority in our basic infrastructure design.
Internet research has indicated the average American citizen produces approximately 100 gallons of wastewater each and every day. This is a vast amount of cast off wastewater and sewage that must be handled properly to maintain high levels of hygiene in and around any clean city. Luckily, proper sewage handling can essentially be handled by a strategically located facility supported by miles and miles of pipes. They are not terribly expensive related to say, energy production, telecommunications, or drinking water treatment. We will need to finance construction of the initial infrastructure, but once in place, like our water treatment plant, it is self-supporting through citizen usage and will require no further funding from our nation's coffers.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates the cost of constructing the sewage facilities necessary to completely remove all sewage and wastewater from citizen homes at between $120 and $160 per person. This means to satisfy the needs of 10k households, or about 25k citizens, at even the upper range ($160 per person), the cost of the necessary infrastructure will be approximately $4 million.
Ideally, I'd like to see Altera use modern technological concepts such as waste-to-energy, plasma gasification, and methane reclamation facilities, to both cleanly eliminate garbage and waste (modern incineration techniques can reduce toxic emissions to less than a similar size landfill), and when possible benefit from it, such as through generation of heat and electricity wherever possible. Like most things, these modern technologies are very expensive to construct and operate, and money is one thing we are not likely to have without substantial international assistance. This means similar to generating electricity we will need to live in the reality of accomplishing our needs in the most desirable way possible, but limited by the assets we currently possess. The reality is, in regard to garbage, we will likely need to initially build a small, basic landfill.
The average landfill for a large city typically runs $15-20 million in construction costs. Fortunately, we do not have a large city, and even under best-case scenarios are likely a long ways away from having to be concerned with millions of citizens. In our case, in Altera, we can build a small landfill to accommodate our current needs and increase it in size as we find necessary. Taking into consideration the landfill itself, and the heavy vehicles needed to operate our small facility, we will likely be looking at an infrastructure cost of approximately $5 million.
The projected initial use of a landfill does not mean we can't do our part in reducing harmful emissions in regard to waste management. One of the major contributors to pollution related to waste management is in the thousands of diesel powered trucks required to transport garbage all over any large city. I believe we can reduce, or eliminate the need for this type of transportation pollution with the use of either electric or natural gas burning vehicles and intelligent design of our waste disposal system. I'll save the details for discussion of that topic for another time.
We could settle for the absolute minimum Internet access in theory, especially early on, and I could crow on about how things will get better over time, and that would look much better for the purposes of this section in convincing prospective supporters we can do this, but ... that would be a sales job.
While we can certainly arrange for proven, but expensive, satellite systems with limited upload/download bandwidth that can reach virtually anywhere on the planet I believe that would be a mistake in any way other than as a temporary solution during our early stages of development. If we're to be one of the next great nations of the world any time soon, and even aspire to call ourselves 'great' before the first generation of our people dies out, then we need to act like a great nation right from the very start. The long term success of our country will first be determined by the attractiveness of its amenities, from sightseeing attractions, and accommodations and amusements for tourists, to transportation, accommodations, modern conveniences and communications options for business people and citizens. To attract financial capital and exceptional talent we will need to offer cutting-edge technology in every area possible.
For this reason, despite it's potentially high cost, I believe ultra-modern fiber-optic Internet capability is so critical to the foundational success of our new nation a conversation here around the merits of its value is a waste of resources. If possible, I'd like to see the entire country of Altera wired with nothing other than modern fiber-optics, from Internet backbone not just to homes and businesses, but to every individual citizen's actual work desk. Consider all the ways new Alterans will benefit from a modern connection to the rest of the world.
To get an idea of the construction costs for our own fiber optic network we can look here in the United States for examples. Google, the search engine giant, has many projects installing high speed fiber optic networks in cities around the country whose construction costs ranged from $875 to $1330 per household connection. In Rockport, Maine they built a small network of less than one hundred connections for approximately $858 per connection. A small town in Canada, built their own network and even installed their own IP service (as we will do), for approximately 9k residents at a cost of $1235 per connection. Chattanooga, Tennessee, built a modern fiber optic network servicing 125k households for $300 million, or about $2640 per connection.
I believe with proper efficiency, which we will use in all things, including getting the best deals in everything we do, for our purposes we can safely estimate our own cost at no more than $1200 per household. This means to install the foundation for our base 10k residences (and a comparatively small number of businesses), we're looking at approximately $12 million. This would actually be retail cost. I have intentionally left out possible reductions to that figure by using our own workforce, etc., because I can not yet be sure we will have experts in this area. Like many other utilities, monthly payments by users will pay the costs of maintaining these individual connections once the basic infrastructure has been constructed.
Our Internet submarine connection ...
It's also important we not overlook another potentially large investment, connecting our local Internet network to the rest of the world. Accurately determining the expense of making this connection to the Global Internet 'Backbone' is also difficult without knowing precisely where in the world we will be located. The best we can do is make an educated estimate based on perhaps another real life situation. In this case, we'll use as an example the British territory of St. Helena, a tiny fifty-square-mile island in the middle of the Southern Atlantic Ocean, considered to be one of the world's most remote islands. St. Helena currently gets what little Internet access it has through Satellite communications, but a private company is planning an underwater communications cable that will link South Africa to Brazil, in South America. The company proposing this cross-Atlantic cable has agreed to pass within thirty miles of St. Helena and will connect the island to a local junction in the cable at a projected cost of approximately $15 million. This is the ballpark amount we must add to our projected expenses in simply getting our new nation connected to the rest of the world, and that's based on the assumption our locale has the potential for a nearby Internet Backbone connection.
Building a simple road or street is not just a matter of laying asphalt or concrete. It also consists of surveying, clearing and piling, earthworks, finish grading, surfacing and drainage. It is very expensive. Determining the actual cost of building any particular road we must take into consideration many factors such as environmental conditions (hot/cold), terrain (ie. rocky, mountainous, wetlands), the local water table, whether it is through open land or city, potential drainage, soft or rocky soil, the need for shoulders, bike lanes, curbs and sidewalks, painted lines, traffic control equipment, noise walls, storm drainage, bridges, and so on, making estimating the cost of building roads in an unknown locale very difficult. For our purposes, the U.S. American Road and Transportation Builder's Association estimates the cost of constructing a new 4-lane highway at $4-$6 million per mile in rural and suburban areas. Cross referencing the ARTBA estimate with the Florida State Transportation Department estimates (as a random sample), it seems we can construct nice, basic black asphalt roads, two lanes in each direction, with a center turning lane, and a five foot bike lane on each side of the road for an average retail cost of approximately $5 million per mile of roadway. A good starting point for this discussion.
The first good news is as a new city we need not worry about building in and around existing structures and roadways, reducing our costs and labor needs. The bad news is since we are building a new city we will need many new streets and roads. Let's consider as our basic city foundation a small, square, downtown area crisscrossed in a perfect grid pattern by say ten streets in each direction, with each of those individual streets being only one mile long, giving us nine blocks per linear mile in all directions. This is already twenty miles of paved roadway, or approximately $100 million in construction costs, and we haven't even yet considered the additional roads necessary leading to out-of-town constructs such as an airport (noise), our utilities (garbage dumps and sewage plants), our industry and factories (in their own zone), our corporate park, the first subdivisions of residential homes and apartments (with all their own streets), or even a highway leading from our capital city to our borders to accommodate incoming transport and tourists.
Footnote: The ARTBA estimates the cost of a new 6-lane Interstate highway at about $7 million per mile in rural areas, $11 million or more per mile in urban areas (if we happen to obtain a locale with pre-existing infrastructure).
The rest of the good news is a significant portion of road building cost, from surveyors and engineers to equipment operators, is due to employee labor. Taking a sample of eight random states in the U.S. surveying and engineering accounted for approximately 15% of total costs, and labor accounted for approximately 20% of total costs, totaling 35% of the total costs of road construction. Using our voluntary workforce, including our own expert surveyors, engineers and laborers, we should be able to cut that portion of construction costs completely out, at least in the early days, when we're building our skeletal foundational road system. At a reduction of 35%, we have already cut our costs by $1.75 million per mile of roadway. Per mile! As an added benefit, not only can we reduce the cost of constructing our road networks by using our own people, but in doing so we can also increase the quality of our roads over what typical state or city workers might produce. There's little better motivation in doing something right than when doing it for your own neighborhoods.
The primary cost in building roads is in construction materials, literally mile after mile of asphalt, aggregates, concrete, cement, steel, anti-stripping additives, surface treatments, slurry, crack and joint seal coats, and so on. That means this is an example of where we can most benefit by doing things ourselves. In road-building, our Patriot Industry can play a significant role. By bringing in our own for-profit factories we already save the cost of importing one or more of these necessary materials, but if we can persuade factory owners from around the world to join Altera not as business people, but as Patriot Industry owners and citizens, we can reduce the prices of these materials to their base cost. That is, the cost of the raw materials and the factory labor necessary to manufacture them. This one area of city construction is so important to our financial prosperity I will give personal attention to recruiting industry leaders in all applicable areas to consider joining our project as new Alteran Patriots and cementing their names (no pun intended) in Alteran textbooks for all of history.
We must also address the potentially large costs of bringing raw materials into a potentially remote locale. This added cost will be primarily offset by not having to pay for the land over which our roads will be built, by not likely having to build through the middle of existing urban areas, and by having the benefits that come with designing an entire countrywide network of roads before we even set the first mile of asphalt.
Another significant cost in road building, aside from the basic labor team, is for specialized construction equipment such as excavators, graders, water trucks, aggregate spreaders, dump trucks, power brooms, rollers, tanker trucks, surface preparation, on and on. If we hire neighboring private contractors for this work we will pay full price for their services, and very likely their travel expenses. Hourly expenses for contracting say a water or dump truck averages around $70-80 in the U.S.. The hourly cost of just a medium-sized excavator runs between $150-200. Imagine how many hours pile up building roadways, where half the day is spent watching asphalt cure. I propose Alterans buy our own heavy equipment, and we use our own skilled operators to man our machines. This will significantly reduce our overall costs for every mile of road we build. While it may not seem like a substantial savings for any one stretch of highway we will save tens of millions of dollars, perhaps hundreds of millions, in this one area alone by the time we lay down roads all over our new country.
There is also the issue of the residential streets that make up our suburban housing developments, typically a single double-wide lane with concrete drainage gutters. The cost for these simple roadways will likely be absorbed by both our home-selling financial constructs, and the fact we will not need the elite roads we're budgeting for in all other areas of use. For example, a highway headed out to our remote sewage treatment plant, or garbage landfill, does not need to be four lanes wide with a central turning lane and large bike lane buffers. The money saved in these circumstances will instead be channeled to the smaller stuff which is not included in our example breakdown above.
Continued expansion of our primary road system (downtown development, arteries, Interstates) will occur over time as we create permanent government income through taxes and become more wealthy as a growing nation. A good example might be the use of fuel taxes to accomplish future road construction. For the purposes of this section I don't believe we need to specifically worry about financing more than our foundational road system out-of-pocket, so to speak.
So what is the final damage? I believe we can reduce the construction cost of our roads to perhaps $3 million per linear mile without a single Patriot Industry, so that's the number we'll use to get a fix on what costs we can realistically expect. If we allow ourselves to really dream we could calculate a foundational (20) downtown miles (our 10x10 street grid), maybe another (5) miles out to our industrial zone, (5) miles out to our initial suburbs, (10) miles to our airport, and (10) miles to our border. Under this scenario we would need up to a good (50) miles of initial roads if we want to call our future home a real city. In reality, we will need the roads to our suburbs and industrial areas. We can build downtown roads only as we need them, as businesses and corporations fill our new city blocks, we won't yet have a commercial airport, and our country will almost certainly be small enough that our capital city will likely directly border any neighboring country. Neither do we need to quibble over specifics, or a few more miles here and there, since we're not compelled to make every road a perfect 4-lane highway with turning and bicycle lanes. For the sake of this discussion, we can probably use something like (20) miles of necessary roadway in our calculations in determining what we will need at the moment of our birth. At $3 million per mile, that would total $60 million, for roads alone in our new nation. Is your mouth hanging open yet?
That said, I believe we can easily reduce our costs down to no more than $2 million per mile, and possibly even $1 million, or even less. How? Considering the huge amount of road building we will be doing, I would not personally accept paying full retail price for road construction materials from private suppliers. You say you don't have any confidence in for-profit industry coming in, even as new Alteran citizens, and working for no profit out of no more than a sense of patriotism? I'm currently in no position to argue, so let's assume the worst. If we aren't fortunate enough for the proper Patriot Industry operators to step forth as new Alteran citizens then I will go out of my way to entice foreign companies to come in and act in those roles. In return for cutting our costs to as low as is physically possible in building our foundational road system we can offer them exclusive rights to supply the materials for ALL Alteran roads in the foreseeable future (for-profit). Here's a life lesson for the reader. If you can't move people with a sense of patriotism, you can always move people with promises of personal wealth. The secondary lesson here--we will always have options in Altera.
Okay, so for the purposes of this section we will meet in the middle. I believe we can reduce the costs of these premium roads to $1 million per mile, and a skeptical city manager might argue there's no way to get down to less than $3 million per mile. For the sake of our calculations we'll call it $2 million per mile to build the first (20) miles of non-residential roads in Altera, at a total cost of $40 million. That seems like a fair number to use in reaching some fairly accurate early predictions of our early financial needs.
We will likely invite in current commercial providers to satisfy out television needs. Satellite TV providers around the world allow viewers to receive service in virtually any part of the world, and using satellite dishes for reception means we will not have to build expensive additional underground infrastructure as would be necessary with say, cable television (assuming we don't set aside fiber-optic bandwidth to create our own cable television company).
Large telecom services keep their actual costs on constructing nationwide networks close to the vest, but one thing can be sure, it is not inexpensive. Modern high speed telecommunications will be so important in our new nation it may behoove of us to invite global telecom for-profit companies into the nation to construct our local cellular network(s). That said, we'll consult our own telecommunications experts to obtain a realistic picture of the potential for creating our own network versus opening it to global corporations. Our final decision will be based, like everything else we do, on what is best for our people, and our nation.
As you can see, our country's initial basic starter infrastructure alone will cost more than $120 million. Likely totaling more than even what we have broken down above under the realities of the world. We've already discussed we are not likely to get financial aid (called 'developmental assistance' at the international level) from any foreign country, and certainly not until we at least prove we can do this much on our own. This kind of money is not likely to come from private sources either. Unfortunately, most of the world's largest private philanthropists are more liberal-minded than conservative, and they are much more likely to contribute serious financial support to people in Africa than a bunch of 'crazy Americans' building their own nation. We are not likely to have, say, a single one hundred million dollar benefactor. That means we will have to do this ourselves, as individuals. I'm okay with that; and you should be too. If we aren't prepared to go it alone then we have no business even undertaking such a gargantuan venture. More members means more support. As our new citizens begin to flow our strength of finances will begin to grow, with every new citizen making us less and less reliant on member donations and more dependent on our budding financial foundation as a nation.
Also, notice the numbers above include a basic road system and an Internet Submarine cable junction. While we will undoubtedly need additional roads to some extent, the large $40 million requirement, as well as the $15 million submarine cable, will be one-time charges. This means the infrastructure for every subsequent block of 10k residential homes built will cost more like $60-70 million versus the $120 million for the initial home block.
We can do this ...