Welcome to New Atlantis.
the best place to start an introduction is to explain how New Atlantis came
about, and what its aims are. It started out as a project, called choices, which
still exists but is now part of a New Atlantis section called the Independent
Inquiry Society. The choices project had two objectives to define the perfect
civilisation and to define all the paths available through life.
defining the perfect civilization is a tall order, as what is heaven to one
person, is hell to another. Likewise with countries it was discovered that there
were many forms of administration or government, which
each has its merits, supporters and is appropriate in specific places and
cultures. Often the actual practice is not the same as is claimed, for example
many countries claim to be democratic, but none are truly democratic. They are
all variations around the theme of democracy. Many countries have historic
strands, often which appears now to be no more than unnecessary expense or
this came the idea of creating a sovereign country, borrowing the best of each
culture and allowing for all.
where is it located, is many peoples first question. Historically there has been
many people's who for various reasons have no land to call there own, including
up to recently the Palestinians. The Jews moved from a land less religion to
become the state of Israel, and there are many other examples of new countries
being born, or races developing.
next problem of course is the fear this creates in the minds of rulers on some
other countries, who fear separatists and other groups, and to who New Atlantis
may look at first sight as a threat. However New Atlantis has nothing to do with
separatism or taking over another's land, but initially is content to be
virtual or imaginary country, until it has developed to the point where
it can build its own. For now all our citizens have duel nationality, being both
a citizen of New Atlantis and there original country.
idea of a constructed country is not new and with two thirds of the earth's
surface covered in water, the ideal would be a country in/on the ocean. This
concept has been taken further to the idea of a series of large linked floating
islands, in the shape of a spiral, connected together, and surrounded by linked
islands that are used to create shelter when needed and generate electrical
power from the sea. Some of the islands would have large items like an aircraft
wing sticking upwards and a second down into the sea. These could be manipulated
so as to be sails, or devices to use the currents within the oceans in order
that the whole country could either move about or be fixed in a position. Being
mobile has many advantages from avoiding storms to controlling your climate,
going north in the summer to stay cool, and south in the winter to avoid the
freeze. The advantage of the spiral shape is that it would be flexible and
therefore economic to construct, yet expandable slowly growing from the center outwards. It is by far the largest construction project ever dreamt up, and will
take years to complete, creating enormous employment initially in other
countries but later also on New Atlantis itself.
Atlantis named after the fabled perfect civilization was born, first as a club
or large discussion group, and later renamed as New Atlantis when the Non profit
company and structure was set up to allow the country to come into existence.
should this country function, and while having all our citizens in other
physical countries, how should we run the nation. Throughout this web site you
will find details on the point that has been reached, and you will agree that
the journey ahead is challenging and worthwhile. It is of course a developing
story and you like us are privileged to be able to not only see it happen but to
take part in making it happen.
overriding objective of New Atlantis, as it in theory should be for every
nation, is to improve the quality of life of its citizens. That simple mission
statement needs to guide us foreword and never be forgotten.
objectives as you will see from the rules and the memorandum of the company, is
to achieve far more, but we would argue that they in turn come back to helping
with the first objective.
From the beginning New Atlantis was an honor based society, by this be not only mean we act honorably to each other but also that our officers are unpaid and carry honorary titles such Knights, and at the top of our tree we have a life president, surrounded by the new Atlantis Royal family. In the same way as individual choose to become citizens our honorary officers are appointed based on service to the community rather than money, birth, or political connections.
Early on their was a fixed path with many grades, each with a defined task. Since it has been necessary to go into secret running, these have largely been swept away, and each cell or group has been given the right to have their own grades and officers up to the rank of Duke or Earle, and most have greatly simplified the previous pattern, which you can read about within the historic section within the library.